Bois-de-Liesse Nature Park is located among Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Saint-Laurent and Ahuntsic-Cartierville. With its six hiking trails and a dedicated biking trail, it offers several observation points and different natural environments: woods, black maples, fields, and a peninsula overlooking the Prairies shore.
Bois-de-Liesse Nature Park can be reached by train from Sunnybrooke station or by bus number 175 during the week. Over the weekend, different buses are available.
The Chalet at the entrance of the park is surrounded by a pretty flower garden. It is well equipped with pic-nick tables, and is kept clean and tidy. We stopped there to have our packed lunch and then we adventured in the park for our hike.
The Fields sector is a loop trail that passes through woods and clearings along the Bertrand stream. The main attraction is the Japanese footbridge in between the trees. We found it beautiful and relaxing.
While we haven’t seen wild animals, other hikers told us to have seen foxes and wolves in the wood earlier in the morning.
Heading North you will find the Peninsula sector. The trail passes underneath the Chomedey highway and leads to the Prairies Coast. Here, the Bertrand stream ends in a swamp and hosts an incredible environment for birds and turtles. Wooden footbridges and terraces offer privileged points to observe wildlife without interfering.
To access the peninsula, you have to cross Gouin Boulevard. Here are many outlets to the Prairies Coast with an exceptional view on the river and sandy banks.
Our walk was 8-km long but it could have been much longer. If you go there by bike you will have the chance to see much more. The park of Bois-de-Liesse should definitely be on your to-see list in Montreal!