Lasalle, Montreal, QC, Canada
Driving time from Montreal
Transit time from downtown
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.
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.