Most of the crystal-clear river is once again open to swimming this year, and the campground and activities centre is offering kayak, canoe and stand-up paddleboard rentals for visitors to explore the waterway.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.
A Cime Aventures spokesperson told MTL Blog that parts of the river are closed in 2021 in order to preserve salmon habitats. Visitors are asked to respect signage indicating the locations where swimming is no longer allowed.
The campground also asks swimmers to opt for environmentally friendly sunscreen and insect repellent to avoid contaminating the waters. The use of soap is also not allowed in the river.
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Cime Aventures At Quebec's Rivière Bonaventure
Price: Cime Aventures offers multiple packages of varying prices.
Fresh off its run along the Lachine Canal in the Sud-Ouest, Les Guinguettes has opened to the public in Parc Jean-Drapeau, the park society announced via press release.
Described as "a venue you might find at a seaside resort," Les Guinguettes "[invites] citizens to take back the banks of the Saint Lawrence River" in a "colourful setting" that "includes dining tables, temporary swings, ping-pong tables, stages for hosting outdoor shows and a luminous decor which creates a fabulous evening ambiance."
The vegan restaurant Merci Tata is also popping back up, bringing its menu of tapas, burgers, waffles and cocktails by the pitcher to the island park.
Visitors can enjoy all this along with a view of the city.
"This outdoor refreshment area, which has been ingeniously set up, will enable visitors to unwind and relax for a few hours in a charming setting that affords a unique view of downtown Montreal," Société du parc Jean-Drapeau Director-General Isabelle Bonneau said in the press release.
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La Guingette du Parc
Cuisine: Cocktails, tapas, burgers and desserts
Address: Île Sainte-Hélène river shuttle dock zone
According to the city, the East Beach is "equipped with a lighted promenade, a wooden jetty that extends towards the river, water jets integrated into the promenade, a large grassy area, urban furniture, an open shelter integrated into the jetty, and a pebble beach."
There are also two beach volleyball courts and water sports activities on the site like kayaking and canoeing.
"Swimming in the river is not permitted for the time being due to the presence of debris and contaminated sediment in the water," however, but the city is planning to decontaminate and clean up the water.
"The eastern beach will enrich the green and blue fabric with an exceptional site that will help strengthen the region's recreational and tourist appeal, for our greater benefit," Mayor Valérie Plante said in the statement.
The East Beach is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day.
That's right, you don't need to travel to Louisiana for a bayou-like experience.
SEPAQ describes the Chenal du Courant as "the bayou just a stone’s throw from Montréal!" and says you can rent a kayak or canoe on (or bring your own) to explore the 8-kilometre channel alongside an "amazing marsh" with birds, mammals and fish.
The Montréal Mercier river shuttle leaves from Promenade Bellerive Quay. The 20-minute ride costs $5 per adult for a one-way trip.
The service will operate on weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from July 1 to September 6.
Daily access to the park is $9 per adult plus there are additional fees if you rent equipment.
River Shuttle To Parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville
Price: $5 per adult for a one-way trip; Daily access to the park is $9 per adult plus additional fees for equipment rentals
When: July 1 to September 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: The shuttle departs from 8300, rue Bellerive, Montreal, QC