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  • Writer's pictureCarey Tate

Seven West Island spots for your summer picnics.

The West Island is filled with parks and green spaces just waiting to host a picnic. Here are some hidden and not-so-hidden gems to check out this summer.

The historical Pointe-Claire landmark, Stewart Hall, sets the perfect backdrop for a lakefront picnic. Located off Lakeshore and close to Saint-Jean, it's a convenient location that's also a 15-minute walk from the Pointe-Claire Village. The park gets fairly busy in the summertime, but it is usually a quiet area with enough room to find a calm, scenic picnic area. There is parking in the upper and lower lots with ample spots.

PHOTO: City of Pointe-Claire

**Note that per Pointe-Claire by-laws, no fires, dogs, radios, or speakers are permitted, and swimming or launching a boat or sailing device on Lac-Saint-Louis from this spot is also prohibited.**

This lakefront park is a quick walk from Beaurepaire Village off Lakeshore and feels like a hidden gem. It also hosts one of Beaconsfield's public water ramps where you can launch your canoe, kayak, paddleboard, or windsurfing equipment. There are some picnic tables and benches to sit and eat peacefully, surrounded by beautiful homes. Parking spots can be found along Beaconsfield Boulevard.

PHOTO: Google Maps

Lachine's Summerlea Park has ample green space for lounging on a picnic blanket and some picnic tables. If you wish to stroll along the Lakeshore, a paved walking path cuts through the park, and there's a bike repair tool station should you wish to cycle.

Fritz Park, next to the Baie-D'Urfé Town Hall (currently undergoing renovations) and a short distance from the Sainte-Anne Village, is a beautiful spot to watch sailboats as they dock at the Baie-D'Urfé Yacht Club. The park goes on past the Lakeshore to an expansive upper section with a gazebo. There is a parking lot across the street from the park.

PHOTO: Google Maps

Aside from picnic-ing at the largest park in Montreal, there is plenty to do, and its natural beach is a hit in the summer. This spot is a popular gathering space with a picnic area nearby. The beach is open seven days a week from 10 am until 7 pm, and entrance to the beach area is $5.75 for adults and $4.25 for children 6-17. Fires are prohibited, and barbecue rules vary by park and fuel type. Animals are not permitted in the beach trails or picnic areas. There is a $10.10 fee for parking as well.

PHOTO: Ville de Montréal

Another nature and sports-enthusiast haven, Anse-à-l'Orme has a beautiful picnic area that looks onto the Lake of Two Mountains. There is a boat launching ramp here for the windsurfers and water sports fans, and a great spot to watch the sunset, though the picnic area is quaint. There is a parking fee and dogs on-leash are allowed.

PHOTO: Ville de Montréal

The park offers several hiking and cycling trails that span approximately 7 kilometers. These trails provide an excellent opportunity for birdwatching and observing various flora and fauna. As you explore the trails, you can enjoy scenic views of the marshes and even spot migratory geese along the lakeshore. During the summer, there is a small beach on a bay of the Lake of Two Mountains, and the picnic areas are nearby. The Pointe-aux-Carrières lookout is also here, which offers a bird's eye view of Lac Des Deux Montagnes and its surroundings. There is paid parking available.

PHOTO: Ville de Montréal

Jack Layton Park is a picturesque location near downtown Hudson and the train station, providing breathtaking views of the Ottawa River and the Lake of Two Mountains. For those looking to enjoy a meal outdoors, picnic tables are available. The park also caters to water enthusiasts with its public boat launch, enabling access to the river to enjoy boating activities. Portable toilets are on-site, and parking is available for permit holders, ensuring easy access to the park. For those without permits, permit-free parking is located within a short walking distance from the park. Dog owners can bring their furry friends to Jack Layton. Between 7 am and 7 pm, dogs are not permitted on the woodland trail.

PHOTOS: Tourisme Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

SOURCES: Ville de Montréal, Tourisme Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Ville de Pointe-Claire.

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24 มิ.ย. 2566

That’s true….we feel the same about medical, government services as well. I know exactly how you feel.


23 มิ.ย. 2566

Savez vous qu'ils existent des francophones dans l'ouest de l'île.

Cela aurait été une bonne idée de les inclure car c'est aussi avec leurs taxes que l'on entretient tous ces parcs.

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