Water Fun in Montréal

© Hugo Lavictoire - KSF / Yoga

May 10, 2013 ─ The stretches of water surrounding Montréal are as diverse as the island city itself. With calm waters ideal for recreational pursuits plus fast-flowing currents for high-intensity fun, Montréal offers an array of aquatic activities.

Come on, the water’s fine!
If smooth and easy is your style, Adventures H2O offer a fabulous tour of the Lachine Canal and surroundings by pedal boat, kayak or electric boat. Alternately, the calm waters of Parc Jean-Drapeau are ideal for canoe, kayak or pedal boat excursions.

If thrills are more your thing, why not ride the rapids with Rafting- Jet Boating Montréal? Stream along on the St-Lawrence River at high speed or jet through the Lachine Rapids on a boat built for excitement!

Public beaches and pools
Just five minutes from downtown, the Île Notre Dame Beach in Parc Jean-Drapeau is a fav summer hangout for sun worshippers, sand castle architects and waterbugs. Likewise, Île Ste-Hélène’s Aquatic Complex features a variety of pools plus trampolines and water games for kids. While swimming isn’t a part of the Old Port Urban Beach experience, it does offer prime sunbathing, sand and water games with a spectacular view of the city and the river.

Catch your supper in the shadow of a skyscraper! Experienced guides from Fishing Old Montréal can show you just where the fish are biting for an excellent day of fishing – even under winter ice! Or jump aboard with Montreal Fishing Tours for a delightful day of fishing for walleye, pike and bass on the St. Lawrence River. Catch guaranteed!

Dragon Boat Racing
Each July, Some 200 teams descend upon Parc Jean Drapeau to compete in the Montréal International Dragon Boat Race Festival. Some 50,000 spectators attend to cheer on their team and partake in the many multicultural activities, including martial arts demonstrations, arts and crafts exhibitions and entertainment.


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