Île des Moulins

Île-des-Moulins is located 30 minutes from downtown Montreal and nearby Laval, on the north shores of the Riviere des Mille-Iles and of the Riviere des Prairies. This small island is considered one of the most important pre-industrial site of the 19th century, a historical site, as it used to have a large complex of buildings from that era (today only 5 remained). The first flour mill was built in 1721 and a sawmill in 1725. Many other mills were built in the 19th century. We headed to Terrebonne on a cold autumn weekend day and we discovered a gem! Enjoy the sound of the streaming water, cross the dam towards Île Saint-Jean and be inspired by the old buildings and mills.

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Region: Lanaudiere

Parking: You can find parking near the Theatre du Vieux Terrebonne or at Collège Saint-Sacrement which offers free 500 parking (901 St-Louis Street).

No entry fee

Optional guided tours – high season: $8 per person, low season: $ 6 per person, $4 per person (free visit only without a guide). Check website for more details and opening hours.

Open all year round

Suitable for a baby stroller

Tourism Île-des-Moulins – French

Tourism des Moulins – English

We found a parking space on the high street of Rue Saint Louis. The walk towards Île-des-Moulins was nice, going through a small green space with monuments of the first world war.

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Below is a description of the short walk we did around the two islands: Île-des-Moulins and Île Saint-Jean.

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The starting point is the first building on the right which access the Île-des-Moulins. It is a municipality library which sits on the remains of a mill. We actually went inside the library on our way back as we wanted to get warm and the girls enjoyed the kids’ section on the ground floor near the mills!

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We did not go inside the buildings for guided tours and we headed towards the dam with the pedestrian walkway.

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The Moulin-Neuf Dam (rebuilt from remains in 1979) allows to regulate the flow of the river (Riviere des Mille Iles) and controls ice accumulation during Springtime.

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View of Île-des-Moulins from the Île Saint-Jean.

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Parc de la Pointe-de-Île on the Île Saint-Jean offers nice views of the river and you can watch many Canadian geese resting on the shore.

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