Pointe-aux-Prairies Nature Park

Pointe-aux-Prairies Nature Park (French: Parc-nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies) is a large park in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is located on the eastern tip of the Island of Montreal, near the Rivière des Prairies, in the borough of Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles.

Pointe-aux-Prairies Nature Park
LocationRivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Coordinates45°41′08″N 73°30′18″W
Area261 ha (640 acres)[1]
Operated byCity of Montreal
Visitors100,000 per year[1]

Covering an area of 261 hectares (640 acres), the park features marshes, fields and forests.[1]

History

In the 1980s, the regional parks of Rivière-des-Prairies, Pointe-aux-Trembles and Bois-de-la-Réparation were combined into a single nature park. Following a competition held in Rivière-des-Prairies and Pointe-aux-Trembles primary schools, the Montreal Urban Community endorsed the name of Pointe-aux-Prairies for the park. This name was suggested by a young student who wished to associate the name of the two districts where the park is located. It was officially named in 1987.

Maison Bleau

Integrated to the park, the Maison Bleau, located at 13200 Gouin Boulevard East, is a rare example of a type of country house known as a "Quebec-style house" (French: maison québécoise).[2] Rectangular in shape, a floor and a half tall, it features a pointed upturned gable, of which the front covers the veranda's full width. Built between 1851 and 1861, facing the Rivière des Prairies on exploited agricultural land, its rural environment has been preserved from urbanization. It is protected as a cultural asset on the Répertoire du patrimoine culturel du Québec by Quebec law.[3]

References

  1. "Parc-nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies". Rivière-des-Prairies—Pointe-aux-Trembles (in French). Ville de Montréal. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  2. "Maison Bleau". Capsules. Ville de Montréal. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  3. "Maison Bleau". Répertoire du patrimoine culturel du Québec (in French). Gouvernement du Québec. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
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