Looping around the Island and Industry in Montreal - Urban Nature Discoveries


Montreal in the fall.

This season, I keep thinking back to a couple of autumn trips that Viliam and I have taken, including a trip to one of our fave cities Montreal.  Despite it being late October, bikes were still out in the city and we lucked out with some sunny moments and enjoyed a full day of walking around.  Saturday we visited Île Sainte-Hélène and walked back to the downtown Old Montreal portion past Habitat 67 and through an industrial section.  We happened upon a friendly gull, some new leaves (for me) and a flock of birds crowding one small bush!  Even in the industrial section nature held its own!

Montreal is such a walkable and bikeable city and has lots of incredible eateries (you almost can't go wrong!) and even in the city, the colours are a great sight.  On our visit in 2015, we didn't stop at a favourite stop of ours on Mont Royal which is the Cimetière Notre-Dame-des-Neiges which can be a lovely hot spot for birds and offers great nature programming! (We found an incredible patch of Trilliums this spring when venturing into a wilder corner.)  We love walking around Lac aux Castors and venturing to the incredible look out also.  There are so many trails to explore!

-- Sunny skies and Gorgeous Colours in the City! -- 

-- Island Visit and Friendly Gulls --

-- Industrial area and by the Canal --

I couldn't find my original photos so I had to rely on some that I posted to Instagram that year.  It was the year I switched phones and lost some pictures in the transfer.

Autumn is a great time to check out other cities as there are less tourists, the temperatures are cooler (but not too cold!) and as mentioned the scenery can be lovely.  As you can see, some trees were bare, some were just turning and others were in all their Fall glory.

Full disclosure: we went to the Cat Cafe the next morning so didn't do another nature walk.  And I took some photos of the amazing mural art that seems like it is everywhere in the city.  But there is still so much to check out.  The great thing - we know we can always go back for more exploring!


-- Gull Photo shown above by Viliam Glazduri --

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