The city as open-air zoo


Montreal may surprise you with its diverse and unexpected animal life.

Sure, it’s common enough to spot more “conventional” animals like squirrels, deer and raccoons. Those may be enough to amuse the tourists, but running into more rarely-seen animals like foxes, coyotes, beavers, reptiles and even falcons may catch many Montrealers by surprise as well!


This diversity is due to Montreal’s mild climate, a result of its location between the three big rivers of the Hochelaga archipelago.


The city’s unexpected wildlife also includes a number of at-risk species, such as the brown snake (Storeria dekayi) and the northern map turtle. In fact, these two are not commonly found anywhere else except Montreal.


Maybe a photo safari in the city isn’t such a far-fetched idea after all!


Please note that feeding animals is prohibited in the city.

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