The pleasures of Parc national d’Oka

The pleasures of Oka National Park

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To take full advantage of Oka Park, it is best to book before you go, because you could be refused entry if the capacity of the beach parking lot is reached. It is therefore recommended to obtain both a right of access and a parking space online. 

It is also advantageous to book at VoilOka to rent a paddle board or a kayak, for example. For the park's rental centre, it's first come, first served, an employee told me.  

As for availability for ready-to-camp and Compact cabins, it there are hardly any left, but there are vacant campsites here and there. Still, there is fun to be had by going there for a day. 

The beach 

Vast, near the trees and with a beautiful view of Lac des Deux Montagnes, the beach is still just as popular. But what about the quality of the water for swimming?

As part of the Environnement Plage program of the Government of Quebec, analyzes this summer (July 19) in the area of the supervised beach gave a B (good) rating. Good to know.

This summer, water quality tests for swimming gave a B (good) rating

A large Aquazilla inflatable structure welcomes swimmers wanting to have fun on the water. This is an obstacle course for the whole family, reserved for people who can swim. You can get tickets for an hour or for a day. 

You can also enjoy the lake by renting a pedal boat, a kayak or a paddle board. For rent at VoilOka: a wind wing (wind wing), a compact sail held at arm's length that can be used on a board. It is one of the most recent innovations in the field of water sports.  

Along the shoreline, Lac des Deux Montagnes lends itself well to paddle boarding.

On two or three wheels

The national park is not left out for cycling. With a total length of 40 km, the La Vagabonde cycle path crosses it over a distance of 10 km, accessible to families. The route lends itself well to trying out an electric-assisted bicycle, which can be rented on site at VoilOka.

Speaking of trials, the park rents fat tire bikes. We ride on the cycle path. 

For people with reduced mobility, it is possible to rent (free of charge), subject to availability and presentation of the CAL card, equipment such as an Opair tricycle to transport an individual in front. There is also a Hippocampe wheelchair suitable for the beach. It should be emphasized. 

OKA NATIONAL PARK

  • Access rights (online reservation): $9.25 per adult, free for 17 years and under (parking not included) 
  • < strong>Aquazilla course (6 years and over): $19 for one hour, $31 for the day
  • For rent: kayak , paddle board, windsurf, pedal boat, bicycle, electric bike, fat tire bike
  • Portable barbecue stoves (gas and coal): allowed
  • Dogs: allowed on a leash in certain areas
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OTHER IDEAS FOR OUTINGS

La Chute-à-Bull

Located near from the village of Saint-Côme, in the Chute-à-Bull Regional Park, this waterfall is reminiscent of those in the forests of the West Indies. Belvedere with panorama. Replica of the village's covered bridge. Trails: 6 km. Dogs on a leash admitted. 

parcsregionaux.org

From the forest to the table

< p>On the Sentier des Cimes site in Mont-Blanc, Gourmet Sauvage runs the Café Boréal. I really liked their fir syrup biscotti with Labrador tea. Their shop offers a wide variety of forest products. 

gourmetsauvage.ca

Alain Demers is the author of the book< /strong> Rediscovering Quebec: 101 destinations, published by Les éditions du Journal.