|Promenade Bellerive is an east-end linear waterfront park of 22 hectares which borders the Port of Montreal and faces the Grandes battures Tailhandier (river sandbars, a bird sanctuary) and the Îles de Boucherville across the St. Lawrence.
The area has not always been a park. During the dig for the nearby Louis-Hippolyte-Lafontaine tunnel in the early 1960s some of the earth and rocks removed from the excavation were brought to the area and subsequently it was used as a road salt depot and a place for snow to be dumped into the river. It wasn't until the mid-1990s that citizen pressure for a green space resulted in landscaping as a park and the addition of a chalet.
Now the park serves as a pleasure ground for a neighbourhood otherwise short of green space, and in wintertime is used for cross-country skiing. Because of its proximity to the port, the park is an excellent place to watch big ships coming and going.
In summer Croisières Navark runs a ferry service from Promenade Bellerive pier over to the Îles de Boucherville provincial park. This is the only way to get to the islands from Montreal without a car, and the Navark boats allow you to bring a bicycle across. It's only a ten-minute crossing and it gives access to 23 km of bike paths over on the islands. In 2016 the service was reduced to weekends only.
Promenade Bellerive is just east of the Louis-Hippolyte-Lafontaine tunnel and thus it's past the easternmost metro station, Honoré-Beaugrand. The best way to get there by public transit is to take the 22 bus from l'Assomption metro station.
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