What's more serene than a Canadian lake in the summer time? Probably nothing, honestly. Canada is home to some of the most unreal lakes that are so calm, blue and refreshing it's almost unbelievable.
Here in Quebec we have so many national parks filled with sparkling lakes to explore! All you have to do is pick one and you're guaranteed a gorgeous, relaxing, and magical lake experience this summer.
There's tons of fun activities you can experience on these lakes, you can go kayaking, canoeing, and swimming. But the most fun new summer craze is stand up paddle boarding, or SUP.
It's basically a surf board but instead of laying down and riding the waves, you're standing up with paddle, paddling yourself across the water. It's so much fun and it's great exercise! So get yourself to one of these amazing lakes this summer and have and you'll see what's SUP.
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1. Lake Saint Pierre
Distance From Montreal: 1 hour 36 mins
In Trois Rivieres, Quebec you'll find a stand up paddle boarding school called Do Sport. Here you can choose what kind of paddle boarding excursion you'd like to take, with options ranging from river boarding, lake boarding, yoga on the boards, and more!
2. Lac Superieur
Distance From Montreal: 1 hour 31 mins
Located in Mont-Tremblant National Park is this amazing lake. You can do all kinds of fun activities on this lake including stand up paddle boarding! Have a chill day with your friends paddling around, or just relax on your boards in the middle of the lake.
3. Lac Brompton
Distance From Montreal: 1 hour 35 mins
This breathtaking lake super close to Sherbrooke, Quebec is the perfect spot for stand up paddle boarding! Rent a board for a half or a full day and enjoy some exercise in the sun. Take a tour with O'Sup here.
4. Lake Champlain
Distance From Montreal: 1 hour 28 mins
Lake Champlain is a stunning lake located just across the boarder in Vermont. If you've never been to this lake I suggest you hop in your car right now because it's totally worth a visit. Enjoy some fun paddle boarding on this sparkling blue lake this summer!
5. Plage Jean Drapeau
Distance From Montreal: none!
If you didn't already know, Montreal has it's own gorgeous beach located on Parc Jean Drapeau! You can do tons of fun activities here and one of them is stand up paddle boarding.
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1. Leamy Lake
Distance From Montreal: 2 hours 7 mins
This breathtaking lake is located right in Gatineau, Quebec and is the perfect spot for an adventurous getaway from the city. You can continue with your paddle boards down Gatineau River or you can paddle up to Ottawa on the Ottawa River.
2. Lac Saint-Jean
Distance From Montreal: 4 hours 38 mins
Located in the heart of Saguenay is the stunningly calm lake that's perfect for paddle boarding. You can also experience white water rafting, canoeing and kayaking on this lake all summer long!
2. Maskinonge Lake
Distance From Montreal: 3 hours 53 mins
This stunning lake comes with it's very own sandy beach and is perfect for a summer getaway. You'll be surrounded by hilly mountains making it the perfectly scenic spot for paddle boarding!
Distance From Montreal: 5 hours 35 mins
Tadoussac is known for it's amazing seaside views and, being so close to the ocean, is the perfect spot to whale watch during the summer months. You can also take a paddle boarding tour at Mer et Monde Ecotours! Get up close and personal with those whales this summer.
4. Lac Temiscouata
Distance From Montreal: 5 hours 39 mins
This stunning lake is located right in the heart of Lac Temiscouata National Park. There's tons of opportunities for hiking, canoeing, kayaking and of course stand up paddle boarding on this lake!
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1. Lac Cascapedia
Distance From Montreal: 9 hours 46 mins
This sparkling lake is located in Gaspesie National Park and is a must visit for all camping enthusiasts. You can camp, kayak, canoe, hike and enjoy stand up paddle boarding all weekend long this summer!
2. Parc National D'Aiguebelle
Distance From Montreal: 7 hours 19 mins
This beautiful national park is home to many great lakes all with the opportunity for stand up paddle boarding! This park in northern Quebec is a must visit this summer because it's just so stunning and relaxing. Plan a weekend trip here ASAP.