Our winters may be rough, but our summers are full of exciting and fun things to do in and around the city. From visiting national parks with your dog to roaming lavender fields, our city and its surroundings have got you covered. If you're hoping to hit the water, there are plenty of places to kayak in and near Montreal.

The Montreal area has no shortage of natural beauty. Boating is one of the best ways to get a different view of these landscapes and give yourself a little escape from the city.

But if you're willing to venture out a little further, there are other hidden watering holes, rivers, and waterfalls to find throughout Quebec.

From sandy beaches that'll give you the illusion of a tropical vacation to emerald green waters with glass-like clarity, the province is full of hidden gems — you just need to know where to look.

A kayaking excursion near Montreal is a great way to kick start of summer of exploration in la belle province.

 

Îles de Boucherville National Park

Address: 55, Île Sainte-Marguerite, Boucherville, QC

Cost: $18.75 for the hour or $37.50 for four hours

There are several boats available for rent, including pedal boats and rowboats.

Just minutes from Montreal, the Îles de Boucherville and its central bayou offer an exotic escape from the city. 

Be sure to check the latest updates on park access and boat rental schedules.

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Lac Dupuis

Address: Esterel, Quebec

Cost: $12 for the hour or $20 for three hours

Kayaking is just one of the many activities available at the Estérel Resort, where you can also embark on a stand-up paddleboarding adventure or hike through the grounds.

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Rivière-des-Milles-Îles

Address: 345, boulevard Sainte-Rose, Laval

Cost: $13/hour 

Located 40 minutes from the city, this is a great spot to set off on a nature-filled adventure while cruising your way through the water.

On this journey, you can explore the largest protected wildlife area in the metropolitan area.

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Espace Navi 

Address: 6500, boulevard Lasalle, Verdun

Cost: $20 for the hour or $40 for three hours

Located in the Montreal borough of Verdun, this water experience will allow you to take in city views while connecting with nature. There is even an option to enjoy the views during the night. 

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Parcours Gouin 

Address: 6891, boulevard Gouin Ouest, Montreal

Cost: $16 for the hour or $35 for three hours

If you want to go kayaking or even biking, this may be the spot for you. You can even schedule your kayaking departure during the evening hours for a view of the setting sun over the water.

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L'Abordage

Address: 2268, rue de l'Église, Val-David

Cost: $39.14 per person or $34.14 before 10 a.m.

You can roam through the Rivière du Nord in Val-David by canoe or kayak, both double and single.

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Lachine Canal

Address: 2727B, rue St-Patrick, Montreal

Cost: $15 for 30 minutes or $20 for the hour

You don't need to travel too far from Montreal to enjoy nature.

The Lachine Nautical Centre is within walking distance of the metro and has plenty of boats available for rent.

From the water, you'll get an alternative view of the popular canal and surrounding park.

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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.

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