Since I don’t really have any reasons to be in the East of Montreal, the area has been very unfamiliar to me. At least until one sunny Sunday morning in May. The approaching summer made me feel frisky and I felt motivated to take a bike ride and go explore that part of the city.
I put on my recently purchased bike pants and threw some sunscreen on my face. Destination: Parc de la Promenade-Bellerive, a roughly 2- kilometre linear park located on the shores of the St. Lawrence River in the Mercier–Hochelaga–Maisonneuve neighbourhood.
After a 40-minute bike ride – suck it, Google maps, estimating 54 minutes! – I arrived! The park is an amazing waterfront location. There are many picnic areas, a pebbled beach, a running track and fishing aficionados can cast a line here.
During the summer, you can take the river shuttle which brings you to the North side of Île Charron and access a natural playground which includes Longueuil municipal beach and the Parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville. Shuttle service usually starts around the end of June until early September.
But the best part of Parc de la Promenade-Bellerive is that you can watch the commercial shipping vessels en route to the port from the pebbled shores!
Euhm, “best part”?
Well, maybe commercial shipping doesn’t turn you on, but what can I say? I like big boats and I cannot lie.