Kayaking at dusk: a colorful experience!

kayaking at dusk

Starting in mid-June every year, the Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles offers a particularly interesting activity: kayaking at dusk. It's a 2.5-hour guided expedition on the river to explore the hidden fauna from island to island. Tourisme Laval took part in this activity to give you a closer look.

First, the two guides welcomed the group of around 12 people. Basic rules were explained for those who had never paddled before, and equipment was distributed to all. To ensure everyone's safety, one of the guides led us and the second followed us, to make sure no one got lost.

kayaking at dusk

The expedition then got underway. It was fascinating to learn more about the river's biodiversity and the species that live there. We were invited to contemplate different types of birds, including the geese that follow the river's current and the Great Blue Heron that hangs out closer to the islands. It was also possible to see birds nesting on the walls of highway bridges.

From one island to the next, we stopped near beaver dams to observe them in silence. It was impressive to see them emerge from the water and then dive back in with a loud noise to warn their companions of our presence. We were also able to spot aquatic plants on the river and were shown how to distinguish between water lilies and water lilies.

kayaking at dusk

What's more, the guides were careful to make us aware of the disturbances to natural environments that can damage them. For example, low walls built to counter flooding prevent the formation of marshes, which can make the situation worse.

To round off this adventure, we had a front-row seat to the sunset in a soothing Zen atmosphere.

kayaking at dusk

In short, we highly recommend this great activity for your summer vacation. To do so, reserve your seats from Friday to Sunday at dusk.

By taking part in a Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Île activity, you'll not only be having fun, you'll also be helping to protect, conserve and enhance the river. It's a great way to help nature!

See the Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles fact sheet for details of other activities on offer.