Walk along Rivière des Prairies (part 1) in Montreal: Parc de la Merci, Parc des Bateliers, Ile Perry

On my last day in Montreal, I went for a walk near Rivière des Prairies, on the northwestern part of the island of Montreal. There, I walked in Parc de la Merci, Parc des Bateliers and Ile Perry, a small island in the river. I then crossed the Rivière des Prairies to Laval.

Above, arriving at Parc de la Merci.

Above, bicycle path.

Above, flock of geese on Rivière des Prairies.

Above, Ile Perry.

Above, power transmission towers.

Above, in Parc des Bateliers.

Above, train tracks to Laval.

Above, on the bridge to Ile Perry

Above, concrete sculpture on Ile Perry.

Above, Rivière des Prairies.

Above, squirrel.

Above, on the way to Laval.


Parc Jean Drapeau

Parc Jean Drapeau is a large park in Montreal located on Ile Saint-Hélène and Ile Notre-Dame, in the Saint-Lawrence river. It is named after Jean Drapeau, who served as mayor of Montreal for many years. The islands were the site of Expo 67 and the best-known and most visible feature of the park, the Montreal Biosphere, is a remnant of that event: It was the pavilion of the United States during the Expo.

Above, Parc Jean Drapeau seen from Quai de l’Horloge, on the other side of the Saint-Lawrence river.

Above, Montreal Biosphere in the early morning.

Above, Quai de l’Horloge and Clock Tower, with the skyscrapers of Downtown in the background.

Above, Parc de Dieppe.

Above, Pont Jacques Cartier.

Above, there are many walking paths in the park.

Above, Pont de la Concorde.

Above, Pont Victoria.

Above, sculpture on Place de l’Homme.

Above, on the bridge between Ile Sainte-Hélène and Ile Notre-Dame.

Above, Passerelle du Cosmos.

Above, Tour de Lévis (Levis Tower).

Walk from Cité du Havre to Ile Notre-Dame

Starting from the Bassins Peel, I walked in the Cité du Havre neighbourhood, passing by the brutalist Habitat 67, until I reached the Parc de la Cité du Havre (recently renamed Parc de Dieppe), at the tip of the peninsula. There was a great view on the Old Port, Pont Jacques Cartier and Parc Jean Drapeau from the park. I then crossed the Saint-Lawrence river on Pont de la Concorde until Ile Notre-Dame. At that point, it was getting dark so I walked to Ile Saint-Hélène and Parc Jean Drapeau to take the subway back to the city. I stopped at the Biosphère on the way.

Above, Bassins Peel.

Above, silo near the Bassins.

Above, in Cité du Havre.

Above, Habitat 67, built for the Expo.

Above, Old Port.

Above, in Parc de Dieppe, passing under the Pont de la Concorde.

Above, Biosphère and Tour Levis in Parc Jean Drapeau.

Above, view of Tour de l’Horloge and Pont Jacques Cartier from the tip of the peninsula.

Above, squirrel.

Above, on Pont de la Concorde.

Above, Parc de Dieppe from the bridge.

Above, Saint-Lawrence river.

Above, on Ile Saint-Hélène.

Above, Ile Notre-Dame.

Above, on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, a F1 racing circuit.

Above, crossing the footbridge from Ile Notre-Dame to Ile Sainte-Hélène.

Above, the footbridge (Passerelle du Cosmos).

Above, Montreal Biosphere. It was the pavilion of the United States for Expo 67. The dome was designed by Buckminster Fuller.

REM Eiland

REM Eiland is a platform that used to broadcast pirate TV and radio from the North Sea but that now sits near the IJ river in Houthaven, in Amsterdam West. The roof can be accessed freely and also has a restaurant. I was there during SAIL Amsterdam 2015, hence all the boats on the IJ.

Above, NDSM Wharf, in Amsterdam Noord.

Above, looking towards EYE Filmmuseum.

Above, Houthaven.