Cap-Saint-Jacques Nature Park
|Location||Pierrefonds-Roxboro / L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Area||302 hectares (750 acres)|
Cap-Saint-Jacques is a regional park in Montreal, located in the West Island at the junction of the Lake of Two Mountains and the Rivière des Prairies. Situated on a peninsula, three quarters of the park are bordered by water. At 3.02 km2 (1.17 sq mi), it is the largest park in Montreal.
The land for the park was purchased on February 14, 1980 according to the North Shore News paper.
The park’s bays are home to a variety of animals, including the map turtle. Environmental science activities are offered by the Groupe uni des éducateurs-naturalistes et professionnels en environnement (GUEPE). The park includes stands of silver birch and sugar maple, with a cabane à sucre where visitors can watch the production of maple syrup, in season. The park has 26 km (16 mi) of hiking trails and over 30 km (19 mi) of trails for cross country skiing.
The name "Cap St. Jacques" was written on maps as early as 1744. The land mass south of the (cape) of Cap St. Jacques is the Jacques Cartier electoral district. The french wikipedia article conjectures the name comes from Jacques Bizard, but both Jacques Cartier and Jacques Bizard have not been named Saints. There is a street named "St. Jacques" in the city of Montreal dated 1672. There is also a land area called the Saint-Jacques Escarpment on the island of Montreal.
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