St. Lawrence River

Paddleboard between parks

Water

Beginner-friendly

Full day

The St. Lawrence River near LaSalle is a perfect place for paddleboarding. Whether you’re near Verdun and Nuns’ Island, or Parc des Rapides and its bird sanctuaries, or between LaSalle and Récré-O-Parc, there are plenty of spots where the river calms down. Find out where to dip your paddle, whether you’re looking for smooth sailing or slightly wilder waters.

St. Lawrence River

Lasalle, Montreal, QC, Canada

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Driving time from Montreal

19 minutes

Transit time from downtown

45 minutes

Plan your paddle

Dip into the river, and be surrounded by trees

Starting out

The borough of Verdun has two floating piers that are open from spring to fall. The larger is located at 6500 boulevard LaSalle, while the smaller is on rue Brault. If you’re new to SUP and are looking to grab a rental paddleboard, you’re only 25 minutes from your local MEC store.

 

Remember to bring a change of shoes, a change of clothes and something to drink. If possible, take a waterproof camera as well – and don’t forget sunscreen.

Visiting Parc des Rapides

Parc des Rapides is open from 7am to 10pm, so you have plenty of time to plan your paddle there. There’s parking near the main boulevard, as well as by the volleyball courts. If you take transit, get off the bus at Edouard and Av 8e; it will be a 550m walk. This area is more sheltered than other put-ins along the St. Lawrence, so it makes for a better beginner journey. Set out right from the equipment rental centre to enjoy an hour or two of paddling in the milder conditions.

 

Surf’s up

If you’re confident navigating wilder water on your paddleboard, Lachine Rapids is a popular spot where the water’s rough all year round. This is definitely recommended for more experienced paddlers – if you’re just starting out, it’s best to skip this bumpy ride for now.

 

Other sights to see

After you’re done paddling, hang out at the pier, grab a bite to eat at one of the local cafés, or discover the mysterious sculpture gardens at René Lévesque Park. Meandering along the waterfront and watch the hustle and bustle of the pier and the water is a good way to spend some time too.

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