Montrealers don't need to go far to find some exotic landscapes. Right next to Montreal Island lie the Îles de Boucherville, a Quebec national park "in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, just a few kilometres from downtown," according to Sépaq. Despite its proximity, visitors will find a world far removed from the bustle of the city.\nSépaq promises "green spaces, channels teeming with life, and waterside trails."\n36 kilometres of paths take visitors on a winding adventure through nature.\nBut the best way to explore the islands might be by boat.\nAlong the park's water trails, canoers and kayakers can wander among the islands' channels and swamps.\nThe highlight of the experience might be the Chenal du Courant, "the bayou just a stone’s throw from Montreal."\nCanoes and kayaks are available for rent at the park when facilities are open.\nVisitors unafraid of falling in the water can also rent a stand-up paddleboard for an alternative view from the water.\nThe park has also hosted safaris for those hoping to get a peek at the local wildlife.\nFor the more daring, there are a nighttime star and bat-spotting tours.\nOther unique activities at the park have included beaver habitat tours and bird-watching picnics, in addition to regular spots and adventures like pedal boating, volleyball, and biking.\nView this post on Instagram Made in 🇨🇦 A post shared by Julie 🇨🇦🌎🍃 (@ilivetoexplore) on Jul 5, 2019 at 5:36pm PDT\nWhen just one day isn't enough to check off everything the park has to offer, visitors can spend the night when camping is allowed.\nThe islands' 25 "ready-to-camp sites" come with all the essentials for the ultimate camping experience, including two beds, pots and pans, a propane stove, and a mini-fridge.\nThere are no electrical outlets, so campers have no choice but to unplug.\nCamping rates at the Îles de Boucherville national park start at $94.00/night.\nDay visits, meanwhile, are a mere $8.90 per adult, taxes included. Tickets can only be purchased online.\nView this post on Instagram 🛶 A post shared by Antoine Boulanger (@baker_______________) on Aug 26, 2019 at 6:00am PDT\nBefore embarking on their journey to the bayou, visitors should be sure to check the most recent updates to see what's open and closed.\nGet all the details below.\nÎles de Boucherville National Park\nWhere: 55, Île Sainte-Marguerite, Boucherville\nWhen: Hours vary by activity and month. Check them here.\nWhy You Have To Go: To explore an exotic landscape just a few minutes from Montreal.\nView this post on Instagram - Green, green, keep it green - When feeling shitty like now and always, keep it green. #montrealphoto A post shared by Mila (@camila.bedoyamesias) on May 20, 2020 at 1:01pm PDT\nWebsite\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.