Top 5 places to paddleboard
Want to go out on a paddleboard this summer? Here are our five must-see places in and around Montreal.
1- Parc National des îles de Boucherville, Montérégie
The Îles-de-Boucherville are made up of five small islands located in the middle of the St. Lawrence River.
You can get daily access to these beautiful islands on the Sépaq website. Paddleboard rentals are available—it is recommended to reserve at least 24 hours in advance. This national park offers two trails to practice this sport:
- Le Grand-Héron nautical trail: 3 hours approximate duration, intermediate level.
- Le Castor nautical trail: 1.5 hours approximate duration, easy level.
2- Rivière Rouge, Laurentides
The Rivière Rouge, also known as the Rouge River, offers 161 km of beautiful scenery. The water is shallow and therefore safe for the whole family!
You can rent your paddleboard on-site at kayak cabana for a 12 km trip for 3–4 hours.
The river’s calm waters are perfect for beginners or for taking it easy. The launch is free.
3 -Parc Nature de l'Anse-à-l'Orme, Montréal
This park is in Pierrefonds, in the West Island of Montreal, and faces the Lake of Two Mountains. The water is rougher in this park than in the first two so it is not recommended for beginners.
4- Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, Rive-Nord de Montréal
This park offers several boat rental points: Laval, Bois-des-Filion, Boisbriand and Saint-Eustache.
Take in the sights at the largest protected wildlife region in the city! In addition to paddleboarding, the Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles offers you the possibility of renting canoes, rowboats, kayaks, pedal boats and rabaskas. The rates are here.
5- île Saint-Bernard, Châteauguay
Saint-Bernard Island is another wildlife refuge that offers many activities. It's a beautiful place from which you can launch your SUP and see the skyline of the city!
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