April 2, 2023

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The wonderful destiny of Mary-Philip Pauline

During the epidemic, I started fishing. On the lakes, things are going very nicely. But on the shores of Montreal? It was a complete failure. Of the nearly thirty trips, I still couldn’t catch a single fish off the island.

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Not even a small perch?


Not even a baby pumpkin?

Not even. Nothing.

Am I depressed?

Not particularly. Because while searching for fishing banks, I discovered parks unknown to me. I thought I was well aware of the new perspectives on an island. Now, I no longer see Montreal at its heart – the mountain, the downtown core, the commercial streets. I also pay attention to its cover. At the river. At the river. To neighboring islands.

Since there is not enough access to the shore between the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine Tunnel and the Samuel-de Champline Bridge, there are many other options and they are well established.

My favorites?

Take your swimsuit, your cane and your sunscreen, we set out to visit the island!

Dippy Park

Port of Montreal

The park is just 1 km away Press, In Old Montreal. However, in my first 20 years in the office, I never heard of it. How is this possible? Because it is 1 km away – like a crow flying. And there was a big barrier between the two.


To get there, head towards Habitat 67. The parking lot is under the Concord Bridge. From there, you just have to follow the path along the water. The view of the city center is spectacular. Peach? Equally. In good weather, dozens of fishermen line the north end of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, hoping to catch a beautiful, large volley.

Urban Beach


Photo by Robert Skinner, Law Press Archives

Verdun Urban Beach, last summer

Banks are most easily accessible by public transport. Exit at De l’Eglise metro station. Do you see the auditorium at the end of the street? The beach is in his backyard. It is a small oasis in the city. One of only three swimming beaches in Montreal. Children can also go there as the water is very calm. Sunny morning, arrive quickly. Otherwise, planting your umbrella can be as difficult as fishing lake trout with your bare hands.

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About Fishing: By developing the site, the city has damaged the natural habitat of the fish. Work is underway this spring to compensate for the damage.

Rapids Park


Photo Martin Chamberland, Press

There are many types of toothpaste in the pharmacy and there are a lot of fish here.

A long riverside park enjoyed by cyclists, runners, bird watchers, photographers and actually fishermen. There is so much to see. For the first visit, I recommend parking your car in the 6 corner next to the Knights of Columbus HallE Ave you will be in front of the pedestrian bridge. Cross it. You will find yourself on the peninsula, with spectacular views of the Isle of Man and the Montereys. On the one hand, the water of Lachin Rapids is very volatile. On the other side are the pond and the bay. It’s dead calm. Nice contrast. There are as many types of fish as there are toothpastes in the pharmacy.

Rene-Lewesk Park


Photo Martin Chamberland, Press

Renనే-Lewesk Park is one of the most majestic on the island, with its arboretum and sculpture park.

Do not be afraid to look at the terrible parking lot at the entrance. In the end, the park is spectacular. One of the most majestic on the island with the Arboretum and Sculpture Garden. We fell in love with David Moore’s five huge stone legs, which look like they belong to the Colossi overlooking the river. Banks are smaller and smaller. This will facilitate the work of the fishermen. There are many other great fishing options in the area, especially at the entrance to Lachin Canal, as well as at the Pere-Marquette Yacht, where one of my kids caught a nice bass. Note that Boulevard has Saint-Joseph and a small fishing store on the 8th cornerE Ave.

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Alexander Borgo Park

Point Claire

Photo Martin Chamberland, Press

Alexandre-Borgo Baseball Park, in the heart of Old Point-Claire

Between Dorwall and St. Anne-de-Bellev, about fifteen green spaces provide direct access to Lake St. Louis. My favorite? Alexandre-Borgo Baseball Park, in the heart of Old Point-Claire. I will first stop looking for pizza in Jigsaw. Or an ice cream at Wild Willie. Or both. Then I put my line in the lake which is rich with volley, pike and bass. Old timers swear they saw the trophy spinning around the sturgeon. I will keep their word. Two curiosities: To your right, behind the school, hid the windmill. And to your left, in the distance, you have an extraordinary view of St.-Joseph’s oratory.

Anse-à-l’Orme Nature Park


  • Sunset, above Lock des Dukes Montagness

    Photo by Hugo-Sebastian Abert, Press

    Sunset, above Lock des Dukes Montagness

  • Anse-à-l'Orme Nature Park has a maximum tens of meters of coastline.

    Photo by Edord Plante-Frechet, Law Press Archives

    Anse-à-l’Orme Nature Park has a maximum tens of meters of coastline.

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It’s really small. Banks of a few tens of meters, max. But the view is awesome. During the day, windsurfers provide colorful views. In the evening, sunsets over the Lock des Dukes Montagnes are the most beautiful in town.

Cap-St-Jacques Nature Park


Photo by Hugo-Sebastian Abert, Press

Cap-Saint-Jacques Beach

Montreal families appreciate its farmhouse and white sand beach that can swim. But where do I want to take you. Park your vehicle in front of Charlemagne College. At the end of the parking lot, you will find a water ramp and dock. The waters of the Riviere des Prairies are calm here. Large spaces are especially comforting at dusk. That’s awesome. My favorite fishing spot in Montreal, unlike my neighbors, my bucket water never crawled with yellow.

Boise-de-Leese Nature Park

St. Laurent

Photo by Alain Roberz, Press

Bertrand Stream in Boise-de-Lease Nature Park

One of the most beautiful parks on the island, with its bike paths and its Japanese footbridge, you can pick raspberries. What many Montreals are unaware of is that the park also extends north of Gouin Boulevard. And this section is worth setting aside. Here is the mouth of the Bertrand Stream, a well-known watercourse several kilometers long leading inland to the Dorval. Two wooden gazebos overlook the swamps. The fauna is amazing. I saw frogs and turtles there. Others, fortunately, have already seen beavers there.

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Maurice-Richard Park


Photo by Alain Roberz, Press

Maurice-Richard Park

The transformation of Park Stanley Avenue into a public square, with tables, benches and games on the ground, excited the city. Pretty much the place during sunset. An example to follow for other cities and districts on the island.

Île-de-la-Visitation Nature Park


Photo by Hugo-Sebastian Abert, Law Press Archives

Île-de-la-Visitation Nature Park

This is cool. It’s big. It is also very popular. Fortunately, the pearl in the north is lined with corners where one can enjoy the calm water edge. This is especially true on the island, which can be reached via a small bridge at the back of the mayor’s house. The mainland is more suitable for picnics and fishing near the dam. At the start of the season, the sector’s starfish American show. Later in the summer, the main fishing grounds are bass, valley and pike. In trials, keep your head up: a small owl stands in the corner.

Promenade Bellerive


Photo by Hugo-Sebastian Abert, Press

Bellerive Promenade is a linear park that embraces more than 2 km of coastline near the tunnel.

We ended our tour of the island east of the city, where the offer is getting better. The borough of Riviere-des-Prairies – Pointe-aux-Trembles opened a small Pebble Beach last summer. Well, it’s not polluted yet because that area should be polluted, but you can play volleyball there and watch the river from the top of the long wooden footbridge. Montreal-Est has also created a beautiful space behind its city hall. A few meters away from the big cargo boat I saw flyfish looking for their fortune there. It’s a little surreal.

But the best access to the east coast is at Promenade Bellerive, a linear park that embraces more than 2 km of coastline near the tunnel. During the election campaign, Mayor Valerie Plante assured that it would be possible to swim there soon. From this summer? Not sure. On my last visit, in mid-May, work had not yet begun. In the meantime, walking, bike or skate, paddle board and, as you might expect, fishing is possible.

It is definitely one of the best beaches on the island to catch fish.

If they like my traps …