Bois de l'Île Bizard

A Montreal Parks Profile

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Bois de l'Île Bizard: A Montreal Parks Profile

There's no Montreal park quite like Bois de l'Île Bizard, a striking 201 hectares (497 acres) of woods, beach and marshland located on Île Bizard, an island northwest of Montreal just above the West Island. Visitors are likely to spot beavers while crossing cattail-lined marshes by boardwalk, wetlands which eventually give way to what feels like deep woods, a dense mix of sugar maple, beech and cedar. For a change of pace, swim in the park's -and Montreal's- lesser-known beach at Pointe-aux-Carrières, and enjoy one of your humble guide's favorite vantage points for enjoying sunsets in the area. Sadly, this stunning star-shaped stretch of nature is difficult to reach by public transit: the closest bus stop is a 30- to 40-minute walk from the park entrance. People using public transportation are advised to call (514) 636-6666 for a cab ride from the closest bus stop.

View: Bois de l'Île Bizard Photo Gallery


Bois de l'Île Bizard Activities

  • cross country skiing
  • snowshoeing
  • forest treks
  • picnicking (barbecues permitted)
  • walking
  • cycling
  • swimming/sunbathing at the beach (2016 season from June 18 to August 14, 2016 (free admission)
  • boating
  • taking in the view
  • fishing
  • canoeing
  • kayaking
  • birdwatching (binocular rental & birdwatching guide available)
  • ferry boat trips to and from Bois de l'Île Bizard and Laval-sur-le-Lac ($)
  • boating (boat launch ramp on location)


Location: 2115 Chemin Bord-du-Lac, corner of Roussin
Neighborhood: Île Bizard
Get There: Côte-Vertu Metro, Bus 215, Bus 207, then walk 30 to 40 minutes
Parking: $9 per day ($55 to $75 annual permit)
More INFO: (514) 280-8517 or (514) 280-6784
Parc-nature Bois de l'Île Bizard Website

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