Parc Georges Valbon (Parc de la Courneuve)

Parc Georges Valbon (aka Parc de la Courneuve) is a huge park (417 ha) in Seine-Saint-Denis. After my visit to the Basilica of Saint-Denis, I walked to the park and spent the rest of the day there, until sunset. The weather was really nice and the park looked great in fall colors.

Above, geese.

Above, large concrete sculpture.

Above, Grand Lac (Great Lake).

Above, the top of that hill has a nice viewpoint on the park.

Above, at the top of the hill.

Above, on the bridge crossing the train tracks.

Above, Cascades.

Above, mounds.

Above, view from the big mound, the highest point in the park.

Above, landing strip of Aéroport du Bourget.

Above, looking towards Paris. Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre and the Eiffel Tower can be seen.

Above, Vallon, covered with algae.

Above, crossing the train tracks on the way back.

Above, in the rose garden.

Above, shadow of the entrance gate in the setting sun.

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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.

Walk in Parc Nature du Bois-de-Liesse

The Bois-de-Liesse Nature Park is a large park in the northwestern part of the island of Montreal, near the Rivière des Prairies.  It has a number of walking trails to choose from (see the map). In winter, the trails are used for cross-country skiing (see the winter map).

Above, reception center (Maison Pitfield).

Above, Japanese-style footbridge.

Above, Sentier des Erables Noirs (Black Maple Trail).

 

Above, Secteur des Bois-Francs.

Above, squirrel.

Above, Sentier des Asters.

Above, under the bridge on the other side of the brook, towards Rivière des Prairies.

Above, in the Secteur de la Péninsule.

Above, transmission towers across the Rivière des Prairies.

Above, Pont Louis Bisson.

Above, Ile aux Chats (Cats Island).

Above, Maison du Ruisseau.

Above, nice autumn colors near the bus stop.

Montreal Botanical Garden

The Montreal Botanical Garden (Jardin botanique de Montréal) is a large botanical garden located in Maisonneuve Park near the Olympic Stadium and Biodome. It has a number of thematic parks, including a Japanese garden, Chinese garden, First Nations garden and Alpine garden.

Above, photo of the Botanical Garden and Parc Maisonneuve from the Montreal Tower observatory.

Above, Insectarium near the entrance.

Above, entering the Japanese garden.

Above, Peace Bell.

Above, toro stone lantern, with the inclined Montreal Tower in the background.

Above, zen stone garden.

Above, bonsai exhibition in the pavilion.

Above, pond in the First Nations garden.

Above, Alpine garden.

Above, paper lanterns in the Chinese garden.

Mount Royal

Mount Royal (Mont Royal) is a small mountain in Montreal, immediately west of downtown. It is the site of Mount Royal Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and the city’s largest park.

Above, Mount Royal seen from the observatory of Au Sommet Place Ville-Marie. The Belvédère Kondiaronk, on the left, offers a great view on the city. The Mount Royal Cross can be seen on the right.

Above, path to the chalet and its Belvédère, coming from the campus of McGill University.

Above, walking up Olmsted Road (Chemin Olmsted), the main path to get around the park.

Above, squirrel.

Above, view on Downtown Montreal from the Belvédère Kondiaronk, near the chalet.

Above, the Chalet du Mont Royal near the viewpoint.

Above, inside the Chalet.

Above, I left the Chalet to walk a loop around the top of the mountain.

Above, Mount Royal Cross.

Above, back at the Belvédère.

Above, I later came back to Mount Royal, this time walking from Saint Joseph’s Oratory.

Above, Beaver Lake (Lac aux Castors).

Above, enjoying the sunlight at the end of the day.

Above, antenna at the summit of Mount Royal.

Above, Mount Royal Cemetery.

Above, at the Belvédère Kondiaronk, waiting for the sunset.

Above, Saint-Lawrence river in the background.

Above, Place Ville-Marie in the center.