Sunday, December 06, 2009

A visit to the "Complexe environnemental de Saint-Michel" bike path

One day... an amazing urban ice climbing wall will be here?

Satellite view - it's big! We rode the trail around the outside

Methane gas is collected from the underground rotting garbage, and provides electricity for 10,000 homes

Soon this will be a big lake (NW corner)

The path is not unpleasant

For now the path goes around the outside of the site, but one day soon paths will be inside the park too

The TAZ skateboard complex (and outdoor skills park)

Cirque de Soleil head office and training complex

After the Gazette's big review of the Complexe environnemental de Saint-Michel (ex-Miron Quarry/ex-garbage dump) and it's soon-to-be recreational future, we decided to visit was in order. November we don't go too far away, and this definitely isn't too far away!

There is a recreational trail (road-width, no cars) that goes all around the quarry. At a sporting speed it is a nice 15 minute ride. The views are a bit blah today, but the redevelopment of this site means that the situation will definitely improve!

Scenic highlights are the Tohu area, the Cirque de Soleil head office, the cliffs, the Taz complex, and the fact that this will soon be a recreational paradise the size of Mont Royal park.

Will there (finally) be real mountain bike trails in Montreal? This site offers our best hope. Go here (bunny hop montreal) for more info. And call your mayor to tell them you want mountain bike trails here.

Finally, "Complexe environnemental de Saint-Michel" is a name without much appeal, the city is looking for a new name, your suggestions are welcome.


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