10 Best Paddle Board Spots in Québec

In Quebec, there is no shortage of places to Paddle board (SUP). Absolutely not! With our 130,000 rivers (yes, we looked it up on Wikipedia), it isn’t hard to believe that Quebec holds 2% of the world's fresh water. Furthermore, it isn’t always easy to find the best spot for paddle board. For motivation, here are 10 of our favourite paddle board spots in Québec.

10. LAC DES 31 MILLES, LAURENTIDES

Located between the Outaouais and Laurentides regions, Lac 31 Milles is a fresh body ofwater recognized by paddle board enthusiasts. The water is turquoise, the lake is calm and it has several beaches that allow you to dock for a moment for a cold drink. Dotted with islands and with its crystal clear waters, it’s easy to understand why the Lac 31 milles Regional Park is one of our Top 10.

Photo: Paul Mackay photography

9. LAC MEECH, OUTAOUAIS

In Outaouais, it’s Meech Lake that has it going on! Located less than 30 minutes from Ottawa or downtown Hull, Meech Lake offers the most beautiful sunset in the region. With two beaches that allow easy and safe launching (O'Brien and Blanchet) and a ban on motorized boats (that’s right), this lake located in Gatineau Park is worth more than a detour.


Photo: Dominic Faucher

8. ROCHER PERCÉ, GASPÉSIE

Paddle board near one of Quebec’s most popular rocky islands? Yes please! Depending on the tides, you can even get up close to Percé Rock. What would we not do for the Internet?! Our one piece of advice: look into the conditions before taking the plunge. The Bay of Percé Rock can be windy and the water turbulent. If you wish to venture out there, we strongly recommend you go in the morning when the water is calm. You can also visit our friends at campdebasegaspesie.com, theyknow how to enjoy this paradise.

Photo: Erika Williamson photography

7. BASSIN DE KSF, MONTREAL

Do you seek variety? Here it is! Whether you are looking for waves, a small class 1 rapids or calm water, Kayak Sans Frontière (KSF) is the place to go! Located in LaSalle, on the Saint-Laurent River, KSF has a complete fleet of TAIGA paddle boards and is the standard in terms of paddle board in Quebec. After work, in the morning or on the weekend, you will always find another SUP enthusiast to chat with.

See what's happening at KSF.

Photo: Mike Hitelman

6. ILES-DE-BOUCHERVILLE, RIVE-SUD

Paddle board between various channels? Why not coconut! Located on the south shore of Montreal, the Iles-de-Boucherville National Park has 6 islands and is accessible by highway 25. An incredibly nice place to take out your paddle board after a long day at the office.

Photo: Sophie Corriveau

5. RIVIÈRE ROUGE, LAURENTIANS

The Rivière Rouge, we adore it. In addition to allowing us to explore the Laurentians park, it invites us to dock because of its many sandy beaches. With a stretch of 161 km, its greatest asset: the water will never exceed your size. This therefore makes it very safe for families who want to venture out there.

  
Photo: Dominic Faucher 

4. CAPE-AUX-MEULES, ILES DE LA MADELEINE

Ah, the Islands! With its sandy beaches, green hills, orange cliffs and multi-colored houses, it's not hard to believe that Cape-aux-Meules has earned a spot in our Top 10. To SUP along the steep and ochre cliffs, you have to go near Fatima. Exposed to the northern winds and the waves of the St. Lawrence Gulf, the coastline is indented with the most beautiful cliffs. Even Portugal can go back where it came from.

* To rent your Taïga SUP, go to Cindy Hook.

  
Photo: Phil Émond 

3. POISSON BLANC REGIONAL PARK, LAURENTIANS

Located less than two hours from Montreal, the Poisson Blanc Regional Park revolves around a body of water of 85 km2 dotted with a hundred islands on which wilderness camping sites that you can book online are located. Those who have already been there come back year after year. A real playground for paddle board lovers.


Photo: Sophie Corriveau

2. BONAVENTURE, GASPÉSIE

Paddle boarding on turquoise water worthy of the most beautiful Caribbean beaches, Gaspé is really the only place you can do that. For this reason, the Bonaventure River, one of the clearest in the world, takes 2nd place for the most beautiful SUP spots in Quebec. The coastal river that flows into Chaleur Bay, the river provides just enough action for wave lovers with its class 1 and 2 rapids.

* To rent your Taïga SUP, go to Tula Yoga.


Photo: Phil Émond

1. HAVRE-SAINT-PIERRE, COTE-NORD

Our number one crush on is Havre-Saint-Pierre. SUP with whales and seals, let's be honest, it's a pretty exciting experience. Despite the distance (11 hours from Montreal), everyone should go at least once in his or her life. For those who cannot transport their board over long distances, know that you can rent a paddle board at Les Vagues.


Photo: Dominic Faucher

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