Cap-Saint-Jacques Nature Park

Cap-Saint-Jacques is a regional park in Montreal, located in the West Island at the junction of the Lake of Two Mountains and the Rivière des Prairies. Situated on a peninsula, three quarters of the park are bordered by water. At 3.02 km2 (1.17 sq mi), it is the largest park in Montreal.

Location of Cap-Saint-Jacques Nature Park in Montreal
TypeRegional park
LocationPierrefonds-Roxboro / L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Coordinates45°27′54″N 73°55′52″W
Area302 hectares (750 acres)

The land for the park was purchased on February 14, 1980 according to the North Shore News paper.

The park features a natural sand beach and an organic farm, which raises animals and grows organic produce. Farm activities are offered by the non profit D-Trois-Pierres.

The park’s bays are home to a variety of animals, including the map turtle. Environmental science activities are offered by the Groupe uni des éducateurs-naturalistes et professionnels en environnement (GUEPE). The park includes stands of silver birch and sugar maple, with a sugar shack where visitors can watch the production of maple syrup, in season. The park has 26 km (16 mi) of hiking trails and over 30 km (19 mi) of trails for cross country skiing.

The name "Cap St. Jacques" was written on maps as early as 1744. The land mass south of the (cape) of Cap St. Jacques is the Jacques Cartier electoral district. The French Wikipedia article conjectures the name comes from Jacques Bizard, but both Jacques Cartier and Jacques Bizard have not been named Saints. There is a street named "St. Jacques" in the city of Montreal dated 1672. There is also a land area called the Saint-Jacques Escarpment on the island of Montreal.


Has toilets, outhouse and flush. Has a beach. Open during summer.


Ville de Montréal - Parc Saint-Jacques outdoor center - To reach us

Centre de plein air du Cap-Saint-Jacques
205, chemin du Cap-Saint-Jacques
Pierrefonds (Québec) H9K 1C7

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