Something for Every Season: Beavers, Turtles and Frog, Oh My!
No matter the season, there is always something special to see at the Nature Park on Ile Bizard on the northwest edge of Montreal island.
There are over 6 miles of hiking, walking, and biking paths including extensive boardwalks over swamps and marshes. In the winter there are over 12 miles of cross-country ski paths. In warm summer months, the beach and picnic areas along Lac des Deux-Montagnes (Lake of Two Mountains) are popular.
We like to walk the 3-mile loop trail stopping to admire beaver dams, turtles sunning themselves on logs, damselflies using boardwalk railings like aircraft carriers, herons fishing in the reeds, and frogs conducting bass choirs. In the spring, the trees are so freshly green it almost hurts to look at them. In the fall, the patchwork of russet, gold, and red leaves are like a cozy quilt to wear as the park prepares for winter.
Although only an easy 30-minute from downtown Montreal, the park is a world or two away from the urban energy and intensity of the city. A beautiful oasis any season of the year.