Michel-Chartrand Park is a regional park in Longueuil, south of the St. Lawrence River. The park, with an area of 1,850,000 square meters, is open 365 days a year and includes a conservation area with an observation trail included in its nearly 20 kilometres of bike paths, walking trails and ski trails. It’s a real paradise for those who want to have a good time in the open air and see wildlife. It is, indeed, very easy to see different types of birds, squirrels, chipmunks, fawns, wild rabbits and foxes.
If you enter the park from Jean-Paul Vincent boulevard, you can leave the car for free at the entrance and then take Chemin du Lac to the opposite end of the park. Here you will find a chalet and toboggan slides.
At winter, the three lakes are icy and covered in snow. It’s indeed difficult to follow the trail, as your only landmarks are the small bridges standing out in between them.
Where one of the lakes meet the forest, you will start to see wildlife more closely. Little birds and fawns are used to people and they will show themselves without running away.
However, if you really want to be immersed in the local wildlife, take the Observation Trail: it goes deep in the forest and you’ll be able to see fawns and other small animals looking for food.
If you love nature and wild animals, this park needs to be in your to-do list.