On Montreal’s west island, there is some wonderful running along the St. Lawrence River, for 25+ km. Starting in Lachine (at the terminus of our Lachine Rapids route), a waterfront road usually named Lakeshore Dr. goes from Lachine through Dorval, Pointe-Claire, Beaconsfield, and Baie-d’Urfé, ending in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. There are water views a good part of the way, and some lovely homes lining Lakeshore Dr. There is no bike path or shoulder along the road, but decent sidewalks the whole way. There are some sections of the road that turn a bit inland or don’t have water views. We’ve mapped the entire 26 km (16.2 miles) from Lachine to Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, but here are some recommended sections, with segment distances:
Lachine: Canal Historic Site to Millennium Park. Nice water views over 5 km section (km 0 to km 5).
Dorval to Point-Claire: Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club to Pointe-Claire Canoe Club. 4 km section, from km 7 to km 11. Lake views about 2/3 of this stretch.
Pointe-Claire to Beaconsfield: Stewart Park to Beaconsfield Yacht Club. 2 km, from km 13 to km 15.
Beaconsfield: The 7km section of Lakeshore Dr. and Beaconsfield Blvd., from the Beaconsfield Yacht Club (km 15) to Baie-d’Urfé Town Hall (km 23) has some lovely homes but not a lot of water views.
Baie-d’Urfé to Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue (km 23 to km 26). Nice water views along this 3 km section of Lakeshore Dr.