Parc régional du Lac Taureau

Paddle a pristine Quebec lake



Full day

One of the largest bodies of water near Montreal, Lac Taureau is shaped a bit like a daisy and has 45 islands along with several bays and beaches. There’s no shortage of nooks and crannies to investigate here. Set out on your own, or with a troupe of friends, for a day of do-it-yourself discovery.

Parc régional du Lac Taureau

Parc régional du Lac-Taureau, Matawinie Regional County Municipality, QC, Canada

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Planning your day

Tips on how to take it all in

Starting your journey

The park is about an hour from Saint-Michel-des-Saints. The route there has a few twists and turns, so follow closely: from the town, head northeast on Chemin Matawin East toward Chemin Sainte-Cécile, and continue to Rue Saint-Michel. Go left on Rue Saint-Georges, left on Rue des Aulnaies, then right on Chemin Manawan, and right on Chemin Vers le Barrage. Parc régional du Lac Taureau will be on your right.

Setting sail

Find a shore, launch your canoe or kayak and start paddling. (Don’t have your own? Check into rentals from MEC.) Keep an eye out for lots of secluded bays and islands to check out, and bring your binoculars to get a closer look. If you’re a beginner, another option is to take a group trip with a local tour company. It’s a great way to go off the beaten path and still be back in time for supper.

Explore the shore

From end to end, the park features 30km of shoreline. Several of the beaches are isolated on coves and islands – perfect for a little me-time, or to share with some of your favourite people. If you’re not picky about privacy, Pointe-Fine is easier to access and about one kilometre long. With its soft sand, it almost feels like a seaside vacation.

Sleepover on the shore

If you’re staying through the evening, you’ll be rewarded – the sunsets here are awesome. And if you want to stay overnight, the park has over 300 campsites scattered across its varied shores. When it gets dark out, take time for some stargazing before turning in after a big day.

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