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Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies, Montreal

Park Pointe-aux-Prairies is a large, remote park area with forests, ponds and forest clearings located near the Northern tip of Island of Montreal accessible by public transportation. This park is one of the top three in Montreal area and a mandatory stop for us every year, every season.

How to Get Here

To visit middle and east section, take metro line green until to the end station Honoré-Beaugrand and then bus line 186. The western part of the park area has been accessible in winter from the central part. Recently, this connection has been closed. You still can walk around the golf course on the left side of the highway but it is a long walk. Thus, access to the western part is limited because of lack of public transportation. Nevertheless, it is an astonishing location for photography and you should find a way to get there.

Google Map

Map Location of Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies

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Photography Tips

In this park area, we identified four spots of special interest.

Pond near Entrance: Close to the entrance in the central park area, there is a pond with a bridge. In early April, this pond is populated with hundreds of Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus). You will be able to hear them from a distance.

Forest along Highway: All year long you will be able to see White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) which are a great opportunity for photos specially during winter months.

Pond Eastern Area: There is a large pond in the Eastern area with ducks and frogs and a pathway through the forest until down to the river. There is no guarantee to spot a specific species but opportunities for to spot and photograph waterfowl and forest birds. You need a large lens though (400mm +)

Crossing Two Ponds: There is a pathway between two ponds in the middle of the Western area of the park. At this spot you have a good view on each side. With a decent camera and tele objective you are able to take photos of waterfowl and other birds living in this habitat.

What to See Here

In winter, you can see White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) besides birds like different woodpeckers and hawks. During spring thanks to the different ponds, you can see and hear different frog species. Finally, in summer this park with the different ecosystems like prairies, forest, swamps, ponds and rivers is a place abundant of different species habituating these ecosystems.

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) x - - -
American Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) x - - x
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) x - - -
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) x - - -
American Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) x - - -
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) x - - -
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) x - - x
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) x - - -
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) x - - -
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) x - - -
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) x - - -
Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) x - - -
Common Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) x - - -
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) x - - -
Common Raven (Corvus corax) x - - -
Coopers Hawk (Accipiter striatus) x - - -
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) x - - -
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) x - - -
Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus) x - - -
Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma) x - - -
Eastern Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) x - - x
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) x - - -
Gadwall (Anas strepera) x - - -
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) x - - -
Groundhog (Marmota monax) x - - -
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) x - - x
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) x - - -
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) x - - -
Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) x - - -
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) x - - x
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) x - - -
Northern Leopard Frog (Lithobates pipiens) x - - -
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) x - - -
Raccoon (Procyon lotor) x - - -
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) x - - -
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) x - - -
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) x - - -
Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) x - - -
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) x - - -
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) x - - x
White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) x - - x
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) x - - -
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) - - - x
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) x - - -
Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) x - - -
Woolly Blue Violet (Viola sororia) x - - -
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) x - - -

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

Videos Recorded in Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies

Photos of Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies

Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies - Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies - 2023-03-11
Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies - Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies - 2020-06-07
Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies - Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies - 2017-10-28
Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies - Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies - 2016-03-22
Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies - Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies - 2015-01-25
Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies - Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies - 2014-08-09

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.