Neighbourhood - Public spaces

Île-de-la-Visitation Nature Park


History

The Sulpicians developed a dike, mills and 16 lots in the 18th century on what was then called Île Branchereau but was renamed Île de la Visitation in 1750. The landscape was transformed with the construction of a hydroelectric generating station and the related facilities, in 1928, as well as a golf course in the 1940s. These developments caused the disappearance of the Sault-au-Récollet rapids, which were submerged in the dam's reservoir. Thirty years later, the Papineau-Leblanc Bridge and the modernization of the dam once again changed the site. As a result of these changes, which limited access and jeopardized the island's rural look, there was pressure to create a regional park. The Montréal Urban Community (MUC) acquired it in 1981 for that purpose and developed the site in a way that reflects its heritage endowment. Today the park, which is part of the system of large City of Montréal parks managed by the municipality, is an unparalleled recreational site on the banks of the Rivière-des-Prairies.

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L'Île-de-la-Visitation Nature Park
July 30 1982
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© Ville de Montréal, SDCQMVDE, Direction des grands parcs et de la nature en ville, © Héritage Montréal

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L'Île-de-la-Visitation Nature Park path, with view of dam

15 cm x 10.2 cm
© Ville de Montréal, SDCQMVDE, Direction des grands parcs et de la nature en ville, © Héritage Montréal

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Development of the ruins on the dike, L'Île-de-la-Visitation Nature Park

© Ville de Montréal, SDCQMVDE, Direction des grands parcs et de la nature en ville (DM5 9541-000 #122 980), © Héritage Montréal

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Old windmill, L'Île-de-la-Visitation Nature Park

© Ville de Montréal, SDCQMVDE, Direction des grands parcs et de la nature en ville (DM5 9541-000 #122 990), © Héritage Montréal

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Église La Visitation (view from across the shore)

© Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, © Héritage Montréal

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Papineau-Leblanc bridge from Visitation island
Carlos Pineda

© Direction des bibliothèques, Université de Montréal, © Héritage Montréal