SUP and kayaking: the best spots in the Outaouais

Published on May 28 2021

The Outaouais has thousands of lakes and a dozen rivers. Thats a lot of great places to have fun on the water in a touring kayak or on a standup paddleboard (SUP). Explore these places and paddle to your hearts content! Bonus: youll see some of the most beautiful sunsets in the region. 

CarpeDiem Aventures — The beauty of the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau revealed


Where

95 Saint-Joseph Street, Gracefield

Good to know

Outdoor packages, equipment rental (canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, bicycles) and unusual accommodation in the heart of the wilderness.

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Meech and Philippe Lakes in Gatineau Park — Combine hiking and water sports

Where

Chelsea and La Pêche

Good to know

Equipment rental (canoes, kayaks, paddleboards) is available at the Philippe Lake beach. There’s no equipment rental at Meech Lake itself (you can try Paddlefit in Chelsea), but its beaches are perfect for putting in your own board or kayak.

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Eco-Odyssée — Winding through a water maze that’s unique in the world!


Where

52 Les Sources Road, La Pêche

Good to know

Discover a 6-km-long water maze with 64 intersections. Several experiences are available, with various levels of difficulty. By pedal boat, canoe or paddleboard, follow the clues on the adventure map provided. Reserve your package online!

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Canot-camping La Vérendrye — 800 kilometres of canoe routes !

Where

La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve (at kilometre marker 330 on Route 117 North), Montcerf-Lytton

Good to know

The world’s largest canoe-camping area is perfect for multi-day trips. Boat rentals (canoe and kayak) and outdoor adventure planning.

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Lac Écho campground in the Papineau-Labelle Wildlife Reserve — Wilderness landscapes and beautiful natural sand beaches

Where

443 Route 309, Val-des-Bois

Good to know

Equipment rental (canoes, kayaks, paddleboards) and boat launch.

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Thirty-One-Mile Lake Regional Park — Crystal-clear water as far as the eye can see


Where

295 Montée du lac des 31 Milles, Bouchette

Good to know

For equipment rental (canoes, kayaks, paddleboards) in Bouchette, contact Village Majopial.

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Parc national de Plaisance — Paddle among herons, turtles and beavers!

Where

1001 Des Presqu’Îles Road, Plaisance

Good to know

Equipment rental (canoes, kayaks, paddleboards) and boat launch.

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Centre touristique du Lac-Simon — A 2-kilometre fine sand beach


Where

1216 Principale Street, Duhamel

Good to know

Equipment rental (canoes, kayaks, paddleboards) and boat launch.

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Leamy Lake Park — A refreshing urban oasis

Where

Fournier Blvd., Gatineau 

Good to know

Equipment rental (canoes, kayaks, paddleboards) available at the Leamy Lake Outdoor Centre, 100 Atawe Street.

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Lièvre Nautical Centre — Fun and relaxation: a host of activities for every taste


Where

255 De Buckingham Avenue, Gatineau

Good to know

A wide range of courses are offered on the calm waters of the river: SUP yoga, canoeing, kayaking, introduction to paddleboarding, etc. Boat rental and boat launch available. Try family SUP for several people!

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Expeditions Wakefield — Explore the Gatineau River

Where

721 Chemin Riverside, Wakefield

Good to know

Equipment rental and sales (paddleboards and kayaks) and boat launch on the Gatineau River.

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Whether or not you have your own boat or board, most of the recommended locations offer kayak and paddleboard rentals. Want to rent for the season? Sport Échange Outaouais can help you out! 

You can also take introductory lessons and go on guided trips on the water, notably with Évasion Plein air Outaouais. Go paddling on the Ottawa River and see Parliament Hill from a unique perspective! 

To finish off your aquatic adventures, nothing beats a nice cold beer from an Outaouais microbrewery! 

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