The Lachine Rapids kept ships from going further west than Montreal until the Lachine Canal was built and later the Seaway. . It was only then that ships could bypass the rapids and make their way into the Great Lakes.
I walked through Parc des Rapides, enjoying the views of the rapids as well as the flora and fauna. A fence kept people back from this nest. I am not sure what kind of bird it is (I believe it is a kind of warbler or vireo)
Redwing blackbirds are common here. My friend, with whom I was on this photo jaunt, said that they have been known to attack people if you get too close to their nests.
Ducks and herons nest in this area. You can watch them fishing or looking for tasty vegetation. Flowers abound - both native species and species that have been planted. As you walk, the scents change with the surroundings.