The Ahuntsic-Cartierville and Montréal-Nord waterfront area is located on the northern part of the island of Montréal. Bounded by Highway 13 to the west and by the Rivière-des-Prairies Hospital to the east, it runs along Gouin Boulevard and also includes Île-de-la-Visitation.
This territory bears the traces of its past agricultural use, notably by the presence of several old stone farmhouses. There are also summer cottages and institutional buildings that testify to the attraction of the Rivière des Prairies by its rural qualities and as a place of quietude and rest. In addition, this area has the largest concentration of bridges on the island of Montreal, confirming its historical role as a transit area. Clusters of village houses at the foot of the bridges gave rise to the ancient villages of Cartierville, Ahuntsic and Sault-au-Récollet. The heritage destination of the former village of Sault-au-Récollet, in one of the oldest parishes on the island of Montreal, has a number of heritage attractions. Throughout the territory, numerous riverside parks, such as Île-de-la Visitation Park and Bois-de-Liesse Park, provide a privileged contact with the Rivière des Prairies.