12 January 2022

Fun on the water

Check out 3 destinations where you can enjoy water sports with friends and family.

Jacques-Cartier National Park

Some 26 kilometres of the Rivière Jacques-Cartier run through the national park, so naturally there are plenty of opportunities to try a bunch of different water sports.

Beginners and experienced canoeists alike can take in the majestic landscapes of the valley by canoeing or kayaking along the river. Or step out of your comfort zone and try paddleboarding, commonly known as SUP. Don’t worry, it’s easier than it looks.

Whether you’re in Jacques-Cartier National Park for a few hours or a few days, you’ll be sure to fall in love with this incredible natural gem!

Marais du Nord 

Rent a canoe or kayak (or BYOBoat) and discover the hidden treasures of the Marais du Nord and Charles-Talbot Bay. You can let yourself be carried along seemingly endless calm stretches of the Rivière des Hurons and Lac Saint-Charles. What a wonderful way to enjoy nature just 20 minutes from Québec City!

Station touristique Duchesnay 

The borders are closed and your holiday plans have fallen through? No worries—you don’t need to go far to get away and enjoy some time on the water! Just plan a getaway at the Station touristique Duchesnay, where there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

You can discover the magnificent Lac Saint-Joseph by canoe, kayak, pedal boat, or rabaska. Or you can introduce the whole family to stand-up paddleboarding. Or simply enjoy the scenery and the sea breeze on the private beach.

And that’s not counting the other things to do, like trekking along the 25 km of hiking trails, riding the Jacques-Cartier/Portneuf cycling path, or trying the Labyrinth Inukshuk.

Written by Tourisme Jacques-Cartier

Photo Xavier Girard