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Bois de l'Ile-Bizard Nature Park

Date of the hike:    Sunday 27 April 2014

Location:                Île-Bizard

$ Cost:                    0

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Leader: Sylvain Cardinal

Sweeper: Denise Auclair

Distance: about 9km

Level: Easy

On Sunday, April 27, you are invited to join the Ramblers for a walk in Ile-Bizard Nature Park.  We will meet at 9:00 in the parking lot at 2115 chemin Bord-du-Lac, Ile-Bizard.  Our walk begins at 9:10 a.m.

$ Parking fee is 9$

Carpool: Rendezvous at  the Hudson Shopping Centre at 8:20 a.m. for a departure at 8:30 a.m.

Directions: From Autoroute 40, exit at St-Jean Boulevard; take St-Jean north to Pierrefonds Boulevard, turn left and continue to Jacques-Bizard Boulevard, turn right and cross the bridge.   Turn left on Cherrier, right on de l’Église, until you reach chemin Bord-du-Lac.  Turn right, and continue until you come to the Park entrance at 2115.  Parking is $9.00; carpooling may be helpful.

The park is composed mainly of maple forests, cedar groves, and wetlands, which are host to an impressive array of birds – ducks, herons, owls, and bi-colored swallows.  We begin our ramble in the marsh area.   A boardwalk allows us to walk out over the marsh, and an opportunity to stop and look for the turtles and beavers that make it their home.  In the spring and autumn, the park is a resting place for flocks of migrating ducks and geese.  Don’t forget your binoculars and camera.

We continue on through the heart of the park, and make our way out to the Rivière des Prairies, to take a look at the Laval rapids.   On our way, we stop at an observation point located on a lesser marsh, to observe the wildlife there.  Through maple and cedar forests, we retrace our steps over the boardwalk, and end on the shore of the Lake of Two Mountains, where a rock shelter and picnic tables will provide a place for us to enjoy some wine and cheese.

This is an easy walk over level ground and wide, well-kept paths.  We will keep to a pace of approximately 4 km per hour, and cover a total distance of about 9 km.  The walk should last 2.5 hours, including the stops on the boardwalk and at the lookout points.

There is one outdoor toilet located in the park, and we will be passing it twice.  A pair of good walking shoes and layered clothing is recommended. We invite everyone to keep silence or speak in quiet voices on the boardwalk.  Bring wine and cheese to enjoy after the walk.

REPORT:

Twenty four people, including four guests, got together on this chilly Sunday morning for a hike in the Ile-Bizard Nature Park. 
 
We walked on the red trail and made a detour to have a look at the Laval rapids on one of the two trail extensions.
 
Once we arrived at the beginning of the second extension (towards  rue de l’Église), it was decided not to walk this way because of the length of the walk and the time it would have taken.
 
We walked 9.42 km according to Terry's GPS.
 
The sun finally made an appearance by the end of the hike and the weather was milder.  
While crossing the street on our way back to the parking lot, a cardinal on the top of a tree ravished us with some sweet whistles. I zoomed with my camera for a souvenir (see PHOTOS).
 
Fifteen people gathered to share some wine, cheese and goodies on picnic tables near the beach and spend some time together to celebrate the arrival of Spring!

PHOTOS

Please take note that pets are not allowed on hikes.

Members should have their card at each hike. The membership fees may be paid by cheque or with Paypal.

N.B. Guests are welcome and members are encouraged to invite interested individuals who can participate in our sanctioned activities once for free. Guests must register at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. After one free event, returning guests will be invited to join the Ramblers Association and pay the annual membership fee. Those people who, after using their free pass want to participate but not join will be obliged to pay $10 per outing.

All persons who participate in a Ramblers Club activity acknowledge having read, understood and accepted the Club’s policies and waiver and the participant guidelines, as posted on the website at www.lesrara.ca, and agree to abide by them.

NOTICE: Ramblers Association hikes are held rain or shine and will only be cancelled in the case of extreme weather conditions, such as an ice storm or thunderstorms. If a hike is cancelled for these reasons an email will be sent to all members and other people on our mailing list one (1) hour before the event is due to start. This cancellation notice will also appear on our website.

REPORT

sign no animals  Please take note that pets are not allowed on hikes.

Members should have their card at each hike. The membership fees have to be paid by check or by Interac.

N.B. Guests are welcome and members are encouraged to invite interested individuals who can participate in our sanctioned activities once for free. Guests must register at invite-guest@lesrara.ca. After one free event, returning guests will be invited to join the Ramblers Association and pay the annual membership fee. Those people who, after using their free pass want to participate but not join will be obliged to pay $10 per outing.

All persons who participate in a Ramblers Club activity acknowledge having read, understood and accepted theClub’s policies and waiver, as posted on the website at www.lesrara.ca, and agree to abide by them.

NOTICE: Ramblers Association hikes are held rain or shine and will only be cancelled in the case of extreme weather conditions, such as an ice storm or thunderstorms. If a hike is cancelled for these reasons an email will be sent to all members and other people on our mailing list one (1) hour before the event is due to start. This cancellation notice will also appear on our website.

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