Discover the pleasures of Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles
Set a course for the tip of of island and come discover the historic districts of Rivière-des-Prairies and Pointe-aux-Trembles.
With 68km of bike paths, Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles (RDP-PAT) is a cyclist’s paradise. Conveniently enough, the map of the bike path network includes two historic routes, featuring 18th century residences and lovely Victorian homes. And while you’re out and about on your bike, why not head down to the water and try out one of the river shuttles that can take you to the shores of nearby Varennes and Repentigny?
Be sure to pay a visit to the Village-de-la-Pointe-aux-Trembles square at the river’s edge. This urban space is so relaxing and inviting that you’ll want to come back again and again to explore the public market in the summertime, take part in an event, check out a performance, or enjoy the outdoor sculptures at the entrance to the square. You’ll also want to have a look at the program for Vague estival 2016, when a wide range of artists take the stage by storm at parks around RDP-PAT for a series of free outdoor concerts!
Borough of Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles
Did you know?
The Maison du citoyen (Citizens’ House) is located on the site of the first convent of the Notre-Dame Congregation, which dates back to 1690. In 2011, the borough acquired the convent in order to convert it into a municipal building. The building is registered with the Canada Green Building Council, and is a candidate for Silver certification from LEED Canada. The Maison du citoyen is now home to the borough mayor’s offices.
The Rivière des Prairies was formerly known by the name “Skawanoti”, which means “river behind the island” in the Wendat (Huron) language. Samuel de Champlain renamed the river in honour of one of his traveling companions, François des Prairies, who went missing during an exploratory expedition.
Integrated into the Pointe-aux-Prairies Nature Park, the Bleau House, located at 13200 Gouin Boulevard East, is one of the few remaining examples of a type of rural house known simply as a “Québécois house”.