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Îles-de-Boucherville National Park, Boucherville, QC, Canada
Driving time from Montreal
Before you go
It doesn’t matter whether you’re camping or at home (but especially when camping), cooking requires good preparation. When you’re planning your trip to Îles-de-Boucherville Park, choose your recipes with care and don’t forget any ingredients or cooking utensils. It’s smart to do some of the food prep at home. Measure quantities before you go and only bring what you need. Pre-slice and dice your ingredients and put everything in separate containers.
Once that’s done, make a list of the tools you’ll need to cook and, of course, to eat. The Huttopia tents come with an outdoor stove, a small fridge, a kettle and a firepit with a grill, as well as some basic cooking tools ready for you. Like any self-respecting foodie, you probably have your favourite knife, pot or spatula so don’t forget them. Put all your fresh ingredients in a practical cooler and off you go.
From Montreal, the drive to the park is about 30 minutes. The Huttopia tents and other campsites are located on Pinard Island, 3km from the parking area on Sainte-Marguerite island. They’re only accessible by bike, on foot or by a small boat. If you’re walking or travelling by bike, you’ll have to take a small cable ferry from Sainte-Marguerite island to Pinard island where the Grosbois campground is situated (see schedule). Plan to arrive at least an hour before the last crossing of the cable ferry.
Wondering how you’ll carry all your cooking gear and tasty ingredients? No worries – if you’re on foot or with your bike, the park will loan you a trailer to get all your equipment to its destination.
Chefs Chuck Hughes (chef and owner of the restaurants Garde Manger and Le Bremner) and Danny Smiles (chef at Le Bremner restaurant), both well-known to outdoor food lovers, offer their suggestion for breakfast at camp: a breakfast burrito with fresh salsa cooked on the campfire. Check out the video for their recipe.
Of course, we can’t forget the morning coffee ritual: a strong espresso prepared and sipped as the sun comes up. The super compact Handpresso makes excellent espresso. If you decide to make some salsa, you can chop or use the handy GSI Vortex hand powered blender.
After a long day of playing outside, there’s a good chance you’ll work up a monster appetite. Chuck and Danny suggest a perfectly seasoned well-grilled steak with corn on the cob topped with fresh sour cream, chili, grated cheese and fine herbs.
And for dessert? Yes, you’ve got it: s’mores (what would camping be without them). But not any s’mores. The chefs suggest a “create your own” version of the famous dessert, where each camper dips their s’mores in various small mason jars filled with tasty toppings: chocolate, coconut, caramel, graham cracker crumbs… the possibilities are endless.
Explore after eating
Once your belly’s full, go for a hike in the woods, glide on the water on your SUP or relax in your hammock by the sound of the fire and enjoy the natural surroundings. If you’re feeling motivated, you might want to get the dishes done right away (there are water sources in multiple locations on the campground)… or just take a few minutes to unwind before clean-up.