Fauna Flora Photography

Champ des Possibles, Montreal

An urban park maintained as a community project turning abandoned industrial areas into natural biotope. In spite of the small size, quenched between tall office buildings and railroad tracks, over 400 species of plants and animals have been reported.

How to Get Here

A 10 minute walk away from Metro Station Laurier. From the Metro Station walk North on Avenue St. Denis until the bridge. Walk along the railroad to the left until you arrive at the park.

Google Map

Map Location of Champ des Possibles

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Photography Tips

Recommended places for macro photography are the Southern entrance or Northern exit. The area is small though and you can cover it in a short 5 min walk looking for the best place.

Mostly though a good place for flower photography and macro photography of small critters. During summer and autumn, the place is full of insects and spiders looking for food or being prey for others. You will be able to get macro shots of spiders, bugs and beetles, butterflies and bees and bumblebees. Large trees and nearby buildings provide shadow during sunny days preventing overexposed highlight spots.

What to See Here

A place where you can look for many different small creatures like butterflies, bees, grasshoppers and spiders. The only place where I was able watching house sparrows invading a park area. In late spring, birds can bee seen often. Less common though during the rest of the year. There are a few bushes with berries and on one occasion we counted 4 different bird species simultaneously enjoying the berries.

American Robin (Turdus migratorius) x - - -
Birds-Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) x - - -
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) - x - -
Blue aster - x - -
Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) x - - -
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) - x - -
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) x - - -
Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) x - - -
Common Eastern Bumble Bee (Bombus impatiens) - x - -
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) x - - -
Common Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) - x - -
Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) x - - -
Eastern Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) x - - -
False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides) - x - -
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) x x - -
Marsh Valerian - x - -
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) - x - -
Queen’s âne lance - x - -
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) x x - -
Seven-spotted Lady Beetle (Coccinella septempunctata) - x - -
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) x - - -
Tufted Vetch (Vicia cracca) x - - -
Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) - x - -
hoary cinqfeuil - x - -

When specific species have been observed, identified, and recorded in this park.

Photos of Champ des Possibles

Champ des Possibles - Champ des Possibles - 2020-04-10
Champ des Possibles - Champ des Possibles - 2020-04-04
Champ des Possibles - Champ des Possibles - 2015-07-19


Last updated on 2024-03-14. Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in the Montreal area.