Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of guiding New York blogger Joe.My.God. around Montreal. We ate at fancy restaurants, wandered through farmer’s markets and leisurely rolled along on Bixis. It was all lovely, but I wanted to make sure we upped the ‘adventure’ factor before he went home.
So we went jet boating.
When people think Montreal, they think a couple things: Poutine, Cirque du Soleil, Arcade Fire, charming European architecture. It may come as a surprise, but did you know that we have some of the craziest rapids in all of North America?
In fact Montreal, as a contemporary urban center, exists where it is today because early explorers simply could not make it past the Lachine Rapids. The standing waves and deadly currents represented a considerable barrier to maritime traffic, limiting the navigation of the St. Lawrence River and forcing European traders to set up shop in Old Montreal.
The jet boat adventure is fast paced hour of adrelaline-pumping, water-soaking, oh-my-god-I’m-about-to-be-hit-by-a-wall-of-water good times. And after having paddled rapids in British Columbia and Alaska, I was thoroughly impressed that quality rapids exist in my own backyard.
Here’s a little video clip that sums it up nicely!
(Oh, and if you want a fun little game, try and spot me in the above photo!)
Jet Boating Montreal
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This is Joe and me shortly after we sat down in the boat. They put us in the “wild” boat. We are feigning bravery, when in actuality I had already soiled my pants.