The Parc national des îles de Boucherville is one of Montreal's best-kept secrets. Though the park is only a 20-minute drive from the city centre, it feels like a whole other world.

Peaceful nature, fresh air and a number of activities are at the visitor's disposal. The park is the perfect escape on a warm summer day when the heat of the city gets to be too much.

If you've been looking for quick weekend getaways not too far from Montreal, this is it. The park even has a camping site, so you can turn this day trip into a fun weekend with friends.

The park is located in the middle of the St-Lawrence river, and it is composed of five small islands. The small site is prized by lovers of the outdoors for its numerous hiking trails and its riverside paths. 

In the summer, you can enjoy a ton of fun activities. Some of the things you can do on this island include kayaking, canoeing, biking, playing beach volleyball, SUP, pedal-boating, and fishing.


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You can even go on safari tours at dusk, during which visitors may sneak a peek at the park's more elusive creatures. That's right, no need to hop on a flight to go on a safari. There are some just a few minutes away from the city.

There are also some adorable camping sites on the islands: you can either bring your equipment or rent one of their tents.

The fun doesn't end when winter rolls around either: try snowshoeing, "fatbikes" or something called "winter scooters."

Oh, and during a few select winter weekends, foodtrucks gather to delight visitors with hot chocolate and other treats.

Clearly, this is bound to be your new favourite day trip from the city.

To find out more, visit the park's website.

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