I started fishing during the pandemic. Things are going pretty well on the lakes. But on the Montreal shores? It’s a total failure. In about thirty trips, I still haven’t managed to catch a single fish off the shores of the island.
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Not even a small perch?
Not even a baby pumpkin seed?
Not even. Nothing.
am i discouraged
Especially not. Because in search of shores to fish, I discovered parks that were unknown to me. New perspectives on an island that I thought I knew well. Now I don’t just look at Montreal in my heart – the mountain, the core of downtown, the shopping streets. I also look at his envelope. Along the river. Along the river. to neighboring islands.
While access to the banks between the Louis Hippolyte-La Fontaine Tunnel and the Samuel De Champlain Bridge is inadequate, there are many options elsewhere, and they are well spent.
My favorites ?
Grab your swimsuit, walking stick and sunscreen, let’s explore the island!
Port of Montreal
This park is only 1 km away The press, in Old Montreal. But in my first 20 years in the office, I never heard of it. How is it possible ? Because it is 1 km away – as the crow flies. And between the two there is a great obstacle.
To get there, head toward Habitat 67. The parking lot is under the Concorde Bridge. From there you just have to follow the path along the water. The view of the city center is spectacular. The Peach ? Equally. In good weather, dozens of fishermen cast out their line at the northern tip, opposite the Jacques Cartier Bridge, hoping to lure in a nice big walleye.
The banks are best reached by public transport. Get off at De l’Eglise metro station. Do you see the auditorium down the street? The beach is in his backyard. It’s a little oasis in the city. One of only three swimmable beaches in Montreal. Even children can venture there because the water is so calm. Arrive early on sunny mornings. Otherwise, putting up the umbrella is just as difficult as fishing a lake trout with your bare hands.
About the fisheries: By building on the site, the city has damaged the natural habitats of the fish. This spring, work was done to compensate for the damage.
A long riverside park that delights cyclists, runners, bird watchers, photographers and of course anglers. There is a lot to see. For a first time visit I recommend you to park your car next to the Knights of Columbus hall on corner 6e ave You are in front of a pedestrian bridge. Cross it out. You are on a peninsula with a magnificent view of the Île aux Chèvres and the Montérégiennes. On the one hand, the water of the Lachine Rapids is very choppy. On the other side are a pond and a bay. It’s dead quiet. Nice contrast. There are as many types of fish here as there are types of toothpaste in the pharmacy.
Don’t be put off by the terrible car park at the entrance. At the very end the park is great. One of the most majestic on the island with its arboretum and sculpture garden. We fell in love with David Moore’s five giant stone legs, which appear to belong to colossi watching over the river. The banks are low and sparse. It makes the fisherman’s work easier. Several other great fishing spots in the area, particularly at the entrance to the Lachine Canal as well as on the banks of the Père Marquette promenade where one of my kids caught a nice perch. Note that there is a small tackle shop on the corner of Boulevard Saint-Joseph and 8e ave
Alexandre Bourgeau Park
Between Dorval and Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, about fifteen green spaces offer direct access to Lake Saint-Louis. My favorite? The Alexandre-Bourgeau baseball park in the heart of Old Pointe-Claire. I’ll stop looking for pizza at Gigi’s for now. Or an ice cream at Wild Willy’s. Or both. Then I throw my line into the lake, which is rich in zander, pike and perch. The old hands swear they see a trophy sturgeon walking around. I take her at her word. Two curiosities: on the right behind the school there is a windmill. And on your left, in the distance, you have an unusual view of Saint-Joseph’s Oratory.
Anse-à-l’Orme Natural Park
It’s really quite small. At most a few tens of meters of shore. But the view is spectacular. During the day, the windsurfers offer a colorful spectacle. In the evening, the sunsets over the Lac des Deux Montagnes are the most beautiful in the city.
Cap Saint Jacques Natural Park
Families in Montreal appreciate the farmhouse and white-sand beach for swimming. But I don’t want to lead you there. Park your vehicle opposite Charlemagne College. At the other end of the parking lot you will find a water ramp and dock. Here the waters of the Rivière des Prairies are calm. Large rooms have a calming effect, especially at dusk. That’s wonderful. My favorite fishing spot in Montreal, although unlike my neighbors, my bucket of water has never been inundated with yellow bass.
Bois de Liesse Natural Park
One of the most beautiful parks on the island with its bike paths and its Japanese jetty where you can pick raspberries. What many Montrealers don’t know is that the park also extends north of Gouin Boulevard. And this section is worth the detour. Here is the mouth of the Bertrand Brook, an unknown watercourse several kilometers long that leads inland to Dorval. Two wooden gazebos overlook the swamps. The fauna is surprising. I saw frogs and turtles there. Others who were luckier have seen beavers there.
Maurice Richard Park
The transformation of Park Stanley Avenue into a public square with tables, benches and games drawn on the floor has revived this area. Very nice place to stay at sunset. An example for the other cities and districts of the island.
Ile de la Visitation Natural Park
It’s nice. It is big. It’s also very popular. Luckily, the Pearl of the North is full of nooks to quietly enjoy the water’s edge. This is particularly true of the island, which can be reached via a small bridge behind the Meunier house. The mainland is better for picnicking and fishing near the dam. The industry’s starfish at the start of the season is the American allis shad. Later in the summer, perch, walleye and pike are the main fishing grounds. Cheer up on the trails: A little owl stands in the corner.
We end our island tour in the east of the city, where the offer improves. The municipality of Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles inaugurated a small pebble beach last summer. Well, it’s not swimmable yet because the area needs decontamination, but you can play volleyball there and watch the river from a long wooden pier. Montréal-Est has also created a beautiful plaza behind its City Hall. I saw fly fishermen in waders trying their luck there, just meters from a large cargo ship. It was a bit surreal.
But THE best access to the coasts to the east is Promenade Bellerive, a linear park that hugs the coast for more than 2 km, near the tunnel. It will soon be possible to swim there, Mayor Valérie Plante promised during the election campaign. From this summer? Not sure. When I last visited in mid-May, the work had not yet started. In the meantime, it’s possible to walk, bike, ice skate, paddle and, you guessed it, fish.
This is definitely one of the best shores on the island for catching fish.
If only they liked my baits…