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.
Sépaq promises "green spaces, channels teeming with life, and waterside trails."
36 kilometres of paths take visitors on a winding adventure through nature.
But the best way to explore the islands might be by boat.
Along the park's water trails, canoers and kayakers can wander among the islands' channels and swamps.
The highlight of the experience might be the Chenal du Courant, "the bayou just a stone’s throw from Montreal."
Canoes and kayaks are available for rent at the park when facilities are open.
Visitors unafraid of falling in the water can also rent a stand-up paddleboard for an alternative view from the water.
The park has also hosted safaris for those hoping to get a peek at the local wildlife.
For the more daring, there are a nighttime star and bat-spotting tours.
When just one day isn't enough to check off everything the park has to offer, visitors can spend the night when camping is allowed.
The 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.
There are no electrical outlets, so campers have no choice but to unplug.
Camping rates at the Îles de Boucherville national park start at $94.00/night.
Day visits, meanwhile, are a mere $8.90 per adult, taxes included. Tickets can only be purchased online.
Before embarking on their journey to the bayou, visitors should be sure to check the most recent updates to see what's open and closed.
Get all the details below.
Îles de Boucherville National Park
Where: 55, Île Sainte-Marguerite, Boucherville
When: Hours vary by activity and month. Check them here.
Why You Have To Go: To explore an exotic landscape just a few minutes from Montreal.
We 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.