Nature park of the Visitation Island, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The nature park of the Visitation Island in the heart of Sault-au-Recollet (established in 1984) is a large park located in Montreal, Ahuntsic-Cartierville and Montreal North. The island of Visitation, the old hydraulic installations, now abandoned, the island of Cheval-de-Terre, connected to Laval by the Central Prairie River and woodland left in its natural state along Des Prairies River, are part of the park it has 34 hectares. In 1736, the Sulpicians (lords of the places), connect the island to the shore by a causeway to be able to control the current strength. Simon Sicar, engineer, erect the dam and built a sawmill near the island. He then built a stone mill to grind grain and another to card wool. In 1806, a house was built for pressing apples to make cider but there remain only the basics of masonry. There is a dam at the hydroelectric plant of the Des Prairies River. There are several places and walkways from where you can observe nature and its inhabitants.

Tips

It is a perfect place to walk in summer or visit by bike, there’s a path along the river and you can visit the historical monuments mills sites, the house of the press and the miller’s house. There is also a small train with entertainment for children and other organized activities which you can view online on the park site.
There is a bar and terrace with tables next to the historic site of the mills on the edge of the water.
In winter you can practice cross-country skiing. There is a cottage that remains open to change clothes.

Montmorency Fall, Quebec, Canada

The Montmorency Fall is a waterfall located at the mouth of the Montmorency River which flows into the St. Lawrence River, opposite the western end of the Orléans Island, a few minutes from the city of Quebec. It is 83 meters high (30 meters more than the Niagara Falls) and the depth of the basin at the foot of the falls is seventeen meters. It is located in the Montmorency Falls Park, which operates as a tourist center of the Quebec Open Air Settlement Society (SÉPAQ). You will find a suspension bridge from where you can have a beautiful view and if you like walking doing a little exercise, there are stairs to observe the fall of different angles. There is also a cable car (between the base and the top of the falls). In winter, when the fall freezes, there is a formation that is done at its foot known as the Sugar Loaf.

Tips

It is a great place for people who love nature at all times. You have the opportunity to walk around all the seasons. The park is open all year long.

If you need to do a reception or a business meeting, it’s possible in the Montmorency Manor located in the park.

Beach of the Caravelle, Sainte-Anne, Grande-Terre, Guadeloupe

The beach of the Caravelle is a beach adjoining the Club Med in Guadeloupe and of course it is well maintained. But to get to it you have to go a long way by the beaches that are not maintained at all and sometimes it’s a bit difficult if you go with the kids or if you have difficulty walking on a completely irregular path. Once you arrive, you will feel that you are in a place like the beaches you see on the postcards. White sand beach, crystalline water, with plenty of trees to protect from the sun. You can not access to the Club Med but there is a beach bar that is accessible to everyone. There are several aquatic activities to do and it is okay if you go with children as there is not a big slope or big waves, it’s more like a natural pool.

Tips

There is no parking so you will have to leave the car at about a fifteen minute walk. You can also leave the car at Pointe-à-Pitre, take the ferry and walk.

If you do not like bugs, be careful as the iguanas walk between people and pass on your towel without any inconvenience.