This summer is all about adventure. I don't know about you guys but I'm getting excited about all the fun things I'm going to do this summer, that's why I love writing articles like this one.
There's so many natural wonders that are in and around Quebec that make exploring so much fun in the summertime. We all want to go on crazy adventures but sometimes when you get to your destination you just want to relax and enjoy the view.
That's why lazy rivers are the best. You get to explore a new part of Quebec, Vermont or New York State that you've probably never seen before, but all from the comfort of an inner tube floating you along the refreshing river. Does that sound perfect to you? Well then keep reading to find the best lazy rivers close to Montreal you can explore this summer!
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Lazy Rivers Less Than 2 Hours Away From Montreal:
1. Rivière Rouge
Distance From Montreal: 1 hour 59 mins
At this Quebec river, you have the option to rent kayaks, canoes and inner tubes. Relax and float your way down this serene lake all day long! There's also a beach area for tanning and picnics.
2. Trois Rivieres
Distance From Montreal: 1 hour 37 mins
In Trois-Rivieres, Quebec there's two places you can rent kayaks, canoes and go white river rafting! Visit Adventure Center Mattawain for white water rafting, or Maikan Aventure for canoe and kayak rental and enjoy spending time on this sparkling river!
3. Ausable Chasm
Distance From Montreal: 1 hour 25 mins
This amazing natural chasm is located just south of the border in upstate New York. It's the most amazing place to visit for a day trip and has so many fun activities to enjoy. Go white river rafting, rent an inner tube and lazily float down the river, hike across the suspension bridge and so much more!
4. Vermont River Tubing
Distance From Montreal: 2 hours 57 mins
Just a little over 2 hours from Montreal is this amazing river in Vermont where you can rent inner tubes and just float. What could be better than that right? Oh wait they're bright pink so that's even better! Bring a couple drinks and your best friends for a super fun summer day.
5. Gatineau River
Distance From Montreal: 2 hours 11 mins
Gatineau River offers some super fun summer activities like canoe and kayak rentals and white water rafting! The water here is clear and refreshing but you'll have to bring your own inner tube if you want to float your way down the river peacefully.
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Lazy Rivers Less Than 5 Hours Away From Montreal:
1. Saguenay River
Distance From Montreal: 4 hours 43 mins
At Adrenaline Rafting you can go white water rafting, rent kayaks and canoes, or rent inner tubes to float along the calm parts of the river. The white water rafting trips will be over 2 hours long giving you tons of time to enjoy the adrenaline rush!
2. Sacandaga River
Distance From Montreal: 3 hours 14 mins
Located in New York State, this river is perfect for a lazy day on the water. Rent your tubes at Sacandaga Outdoor Center and the rest is easy. Float down this peaceful river and see the views of the mountains and forests around you!
3. Delaware River
Distance From Montreal: 6 hours 22 mins
This river, also located in New York State is a fun place to visit. At Lander's River Trips to rent your inner tube and you get the choice of taking a long float down the entire river or hanging out with your tube by the Skinners Falls!
4. Matane River
Distance From Montreal: 6 hours 22 mins
A little over 5 hours from Montreal is a gorgeous place called Matane, Quebec. It has a sparkling river where you can rent kayaks, canoes and go fishing! You'll have to bring your own inner tube to this place if you want to float along but it's still totally worth the trip.
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Lazy Rivers Less Than 10 Hours Away From Montreal:
1. Gaspe River
Distance From Montreal: 9 hours 46 mins
Located on Gaspe River is a beautiful campground that has breathtaking views of the surrounding forest. Sleep right on the riverbed, rent canoes, kayaks and standup paddle boards, or bring an inner tube to float calmly along the river!
Distance From Montreal: 10 hours 17 mins
There's tons of stuff to do in Sept-Iles, Quebec. One of the best parts is the water that connects this archipelago of islands. You can float along the in an inner tube for ultimate relaxation, lie on the sandy beaches, or rent canoes and kayaks and paddle between the islands!
3. Natashquan River
Distance From Montreal: 14 hours 39 mins
Okay, this one is a little over 10 hours from Montreal, but it's totally worth it. This town lies right on a huge body of water connecting to the Saint Lawrence and has lots of sandy beach land perfect for relaxing. You can spend time on the river hanging out in inner tubes, kayaking and canoeing or go wind surfing!