For reasons that continue to elude me, West Islanders get a bad rep with the rest of the city. We tend to stay in our little corner of the island for one major reason; we have lots of cool places to go right here without spending half an hour in a car(at best) or an hour and a half on the STM to find it.

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In fact, there are definitely some spots that you should check out on the West Island that will surprise you. Here are just some of the cool places to see if you're in the West Island and looking for something cool to do.

1) Valleycrest Pool


Calm before the storm... CSL at VYC

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The West Island has lots of pools where you can relax and take in a beautiful day. Valleycrest Pool is by far one of the nicest ones there and for residents of the City of Montreal, you have complete access during free swim all for the price of an Access Card, which 5$ per person or 15$ for a family.

For directions and more information you can visit their website


2) Wild Willy’s

This is one of the hottest ice cream spots in the entire West Island during the summer and for a blatantly obvious. It has more awesome flavours than one person can wrap they mind around and it’s all hand-made right there in the shop? Yes please.

For directions and more information you can visit their website

3) Ste-Anne’s Boardwalk

Wow! Superbe photo prise par le photographe Dan Bouguer! #steannedebellevue #mtlmoments #mtl #bateau #parcscanada #ecluse #promenadeducanal #boardwalk

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This boardwalk is part scenic route, part great dining location, this is one of the most popular destinations for West Islanders and it’s for a very good reason. There are at least a dozen awesome restaurants and they all have a beautiful terrace that overlooks the Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal and the sunset is to die for.

4)Victor Rose Café

+1 for waste island.... 👌

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I tried to avoid putting cafés and restaurants as much as possible on this list unless they were genuinely noteworthy. This spot is definitely one of them. The epitome of “community-oriented”, it’s run by a mother-daughter duo, the interior was helped built by neighbors and was decorated by local artists. It also gets all their products via fair trade but most importantly, their food and coffee is top notch.

For directions and more information you can visit their website


5) Ecomuseum

Getting sick of the Biodôme? The Ecomuseum has got you covered. It's Montreal's only outdoor zoo and is open to the public 364 days a year. They have different promotions every sseson and always find a way to keep you coming back for more.

For directions and more information you can visit their website


6) Île aux Hérons

This one probably the least known spot on this list. The beautiful island is definitely a place to go if you want to go for a nice walk, take in the quiet nature, or snap some incredible pictures of the wildlife. Just make sure that you check to see if it’s open because it closes down to pedestrians regularly.

For directions and more information you can visit their website


7) Beaconsfield Centennial Park

My kind of TGIF.

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One of the nicest public parks in the West Island, it has everything you could possibly need to just kick back and have a relaxing day. It even has a really nice beach for you to lay back on

For directions and more information you can visit their website


8) Cap St-Jaques

🇨🇦 🦆🦆 #ilovecanada🇨🇦 #summer #hotday #animals #ducks #holydays #water

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This place just has everything. Its a nature and it also has a hiking trail as well as a beach that links directly into Rivière-des-Prairies. Safe to say that if you're a nature lover then the West Island is an awesome destination for you.

For directions and more information you can visit their website

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