<h1>Parc-nature de<br>l’Île-de-la-Visitation</h1>

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Parc-nature de l’Île-de-la Visitation is steeped in close to 300 years of history. Its location on the shores of the Rivière des Prairies was once home to Canada’s first industrial site! The old windmill, apple press and vestiges of the industrial past of this heritage site, dating back to the French regime, are open to the public.*

Scenic lookouts provide breathtaking views of the river. Discrete and inviting, this nature park offers a network of paths ideal for strolling and observing species of shore birds.

* The Maison du Meunier, which was closed for major consolidation, restoration and redevelopment work, is now accessible to the public again.

summer activities

  • 8.8 km of hiking trails
  • 3.6 km of bike paths
  • Heritage site
  • Fitness activities ($)
  • Nature interpretation
  • Birdwatching
  • Fishing (in designated areas)
  • Coffee, dining room and patio


  • Picnic areas
  • Lookouts and viewing spots
  • Parking lots ($)
  • Headphones (self-guided tour)

featured activities!

No activity available for this park.

by car

Take Autoroute 40 and get off at exit 73, Rue Papineau eastbound, or take exit 75, Boulevard Saint-Michel westbound, then drive north to Boulevard Henri-Bourassa.

From Rue Papineau, turn right and from Boulevard Saint-Michel, turn left and continue to Rue de Lille, then north to Boulevard Gouin. Turn right onto Boulevard Gouin. The entrance to the parking lot is on the left.

by public transit

From the Henri-Bourassa metro station, take the 69 bus eastbound and get off at Rue de Lille. Walk to Boulevard Gouin, turn right, and keep walking until you reach the entrance to the park.

Cap Saint Jacques
Cap Saint Jacques


access to nature parks is free

Parking fees

$9 per day and $7 for two hours. Places are limited. Annual permit available ($60 for residents, $80 for non-residents)


Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.

Food services

The nature parks do not offer restaurant services, but some reception chalets have food vending machines. Bring your picnic


Visitors may bring their own barbecues. However, their use is limited to clearly marked areas, and coals must be disposed of in designated containers.

Alcohol consumption on-site

Alcohol consumption is tolerated when it accompanies a picnic.

Cash and credit card

All reception chalets accept credit cards.
However, only cash is accepted at the sugar shack in parc-nature du Cap-Saint-Jacques.

Universal access

All the reception chalets are wheelchair accessible.