Parc-nature du Cap-Saint-Jacques

This is a wonderful oasis on the western tip of the island. Even the drive there (once you pass St. Charles) is pretty. You’ll go past some of the last remaining farmland on the island and have a view of the water. A great place for a family outing or a walk and a picnic. We’ve been quite a few times and the picture gallery is a mish-mash of different visits. 

Cap-Saint-Jacques consists of 16km of walking trails (and in the winter fantastic x-country skiing trails and sledding hills), picnic areas, canoe/kayak rentals, a mini farm, a farmers’ market, fishing, biking on 8km of trails, and more. Throughout the year they host special events like a sugaring off season (read our review HERE), an insect exhibit, intro to fishing, astronomy guides, movies on the beach and more…
Check HERE for all the activities.

Parking is 9$ for the day or 7$ for 2 hours and there are various parking lots to choose from depending on whether you’re going for a long walk, going to the beach, or just going to the farm (open everyday from 9-5). Find out all the rates, hours and more information HERE
I used a carrier for our walk as the trails can have rocks, roots and are not super stroller friendly. You CAN however use a stroller at the farm and the surrounding picnic areas. There is no charge for visiting the farm (except for parking), but you’ll probably be tempted to buy a pony ride or some fresh produce at the little market. (Check the summer hours of operation before going, I don’t think the produce market is open everyday. You can click on the “visite à la ferme” on the activities page.)

(for 2019) The beach at 21115, boul. Gouin Ouest is open from June 15th to August 25th, and August 31st, and September 1st and 2nd. From 10am to 7pm. 

There are lifeguards and the water quality is measured weekly. There are some trees for shade and boulders and benches to sit on. You are not allowed to eat or drink on the beach (Ya, try telling that to kids, argh), but there are picnic areas as well as porta-potties nearby; or a few minutes walk is Chalet Gohier with a small restaurant and  bathrooms.
The beach itself is wide and there’s a ton of space from the edge of the trees down to the water. With a gradual sandy bottom, it’s a great spot for timid swimmers, or for those who like to wade. This IS a supervised beach, so swimming times are between 10am & 7pm only. 
On September 4th, 2016, I was at the park super-duper early (for a wedding!) and took a quiet walk realllllly early in the morning and updated the beach photos. 

From the Ville de Montréal’s website:

Horaire :
Du 15 juin au 25 août et 31 août, 1er et 2 septembre 2019.
De 10 h à 19 h

Plage : 21 115, boul. Gouin ouest

Tarification :
0 à 5 ans : gratuit
6 à 17 ans et 60 ans et plus : 3,50 $
18 à 59 ans : 5,00 $
Passeports saisonniers, forfaits familials et tarifs de groupe disponibles.

Renseignements : chalet d’accueil 514 280-6871

Note : les chiens ne sont pas admis dans le secteur de la plage (de juin à septembre)

Note : les frais de stationnement sont en sus

Cours et activités nautiques: Click HERE under “activités nautiques” for all the rates and hours

FOR WINTER: Go to the chalet d’accueil for free sledding. (Parking not included of course). You can also rent skis, snowshoes, and sleds. See HERE for rates. 
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