May 12, 2005 08:55 ET

REMINDER: An Event Not to be Missed:'Open House on Nature Parks' Day/City of Montreal. EVERYTHING IS FREE: Activities and Parking

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 12, 2005) - Mrs. Helen Fotopulos, member of the Executive Committee, responsible for Mount Royal, green and blue spaces, parks, Montreal Museums and Status of women, is proud to announce that the 5th Edition of "Open House On Nature Parks" Day will take place on Sunday May 15, 2005.

Mrs. Fotopulos mentioned "On this special day, we are inviting all residents of Montreal to our most important spring nature event, where everything is free: activities, parking and outdoor sports equipment. This is an excellent opportunity to discover the exciting activities available in our natural spaces, without having to leave the territory of Montreal."

A diverse program and unusual activities will take place between 11 am and 4 pm in each of the five nature parks:

- Cap-Saint-Jacques Nature Park: (514) 280-6871
- Bois-de-l'Ile-Bizard Nature Park: (514) 280-8517
- Bois-de-Liesse Nature Park: (514) 280-6729
- Ile-de-la-Visitation Nature Park: (514) 280-6733
- Pointe-aux-Prairies Nature Park: (514) 280-6691

Here are a few of the many activities offered, depending on the park: workshops on animal life and flora, environmental protection, astronomy and cycling booths; guided historical visits aboard a touring train, shows for children, outdoor concerts with orchestra, guided nature discovery outings, picnics on the grass, public tree planting, air-inflated game structures, make-up artists, clowns, rabascaw outings, hosted activities at the ecological farm and wagon rides, visits and activities at the Sault-au-Recollet historical site, lending of bicycles, roller blades and boats.

All events are offered in collaboration with our nature park partners, D-Trois-Pierres, the Groupe uni des educateurs-naturalistes en environnement (GUEPE), Cite historia and Centre Jeunesse de Montreal.

On foot or by bike, you are welcome to come observe nature and admire the magnificent landscapes of our nature parks, with their carpets of trillium, budding trees and birds in full spring activity.

Please note that most nature parks are accessible by public transportation. "Open House on Nature" Day will be held, rain or shine. For more information, ask for the brochure What do to in the Nature Parks and major parks! available in the nature parks Welcome Centres or in the City of Montreal Service Offices. You may also visit the nature parks Internet site, at, or dial 514-280-PARC.

Contact Information

  • Service du développement culturel, de la qualité du milieu
    de vie et de la diversité ethnoculturelle
    Line Morand, Marketing et service-client
    (514) 280-6708