heron in the water

Parc des Rapides
Lasalle Boulevard at 7th Avenue

The park is managed by
Héritage Laurentien

Official city page


The Parc des Rapides is a 30-hectare waterside park, containing marsh, pools and walkways and stretching out into the St. Lawrence River.

Located in Lasalle, at the foot of 7th Avenue, the park gives unequalled views of the river rapids, with a view across to the Heron Island bird sanctuary. The park allows the walker to really get out on the river and observe the birds that are the main focus of the park: 225 species are said to have been observed here, and the flora is also diverse and interesting. Many avid bird watchers and nature photographers find this park an unequalled site of interest so close to the city.

The Parc des Rapides is part of the Lachine Rapids ecoterritory, which extends over the park, Heron Island, and parts of Nuns' Island downstream.

If you want to see Great Blue Herons in the Montreal area, in an area accessible by public transit, this is one of the best places to go. It's the largest heron species in North America and the birds look especially majestic when taking flight.

Flickr photos from the park show the range of birds, animals and plants that are found in that small area, as well as the magnificent view across the St. Lawrence River.

You can take the Green Line to Angrignon then bus 110 or 112, or take bus 58 west from de l'Église metro. There's free parking.

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