1.1 The Regional Context
The Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal is located in the ward of Sainte-Geneviève – L’Île Bizard – Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, at the southwest tip of the Island of Montréal. The popularity of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue as a pleasure boating centre is enhanced by a boardwalk dotted with cafés and restaurants and bordered by a magnificent expanse of water. This asset has become such an attraction for locals as well as day visitors and pleasure boaters from the Montréal area that in the last few years a stop at the canal and downtown Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue has become “a must” on outings and Sunday drives.
As a tourist destination, the West Island offers a variety of attractions, including the Morgan Arboretum, the St. Lawrence Valley Ecomuseum and MUC-managed regional parks such as the Cap-Saint-Jacques Nature Park and the Bois-de-L’Île-Bizard Nature Park. A cruise ship company, Les Crosières Bellevue, offers various trips, including a half-day excursion that takes passengers through the Carillon lock to Lake of Two Mountains. Because the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal lies just between the Laurentides and Montérégie regions, it also benefits from the popularity enjoyed by both of these neighbouring areas