Best places to kayak in Brome-Missisquoi
Like stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and canoeing are two nice (and safe) water activities to get some fresh air and unwind from the daily grind. Here are a few suggestions to indulge in the joys of canoeing and kayaking, either alone, as a couple or as a family.
CANOE & CO
Located in the heart of the Missisquoi Valley, in a tiny part of paradise in Sutton, Canoe & Co has been delighting kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding enthusiasts since 2003. As a kayaking newbie, I was able to try the 10-kilometre course.
The 10-kilometre outing in the calm waterway between Mansonville and Glen Sutton was the perfect place to quietly do my first stand-up paddleboard manoeuvres. Alone with my thoughts, I was able to admire the splendor of Mont Sutton and the diversity of the surrounding wildlife and flora. It’s noteworthy that the Canoe & Co. descents are part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a 1,200 kilometre trek that traverses 22 rivers and various streams and crosses 56 lakes and ponds, from Old Forge, New York to Fort Kent in the state of Maine.
If you’d like to combine convenience with pleasure, there are many places along the trail to indulge in swimming, fishing or a picnic lunch.
The company offers 3 to 5 departures with a shuttle service from May to October. Boat rentals are also available on site. You can also camp on the site (check first because places are limited).
CENTRE DE LA NATURE DE COWANSVILLE
Set on the shores of Lac Davignon, the Centre de la nature is a charming site that’s teeming with activities for everyone. For instance, you can enjoy a canoe, kayak or pedal boat outing in a setting that has no motor boats. Fishing enthusiasts can find some nice species in the lake, such as walleyes, perch, smallmouth bass and muskies. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a fine summer day.
RIVIÈRE AUX BROCHETS (PIKE RIVER)
Head over to Bedford for a pleasant outing, paddling a kayak on Pike River. An interactive map of the river is also available online.
DOMAINE DES ÉRABLES
Located on the outskirts of Brome Lake, the Domaine des Érables campground can accommodate up to 185 sites during peak tourist season. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of activities on the lake, including canoeing, kayaking and sailboarding. This is the ideal spot to admire the beauty of the surroundings.
688, chemin de Bondville, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)
For those who are simply looking for a terrific place to launch their boat, go to the boat launching ramp on Lakeside road near the Auberge Lac-Brome.
AU DIABLE VERT
From May to October, this outdoor centre in Glen Sutton invites you to enjoy the Missisquoi River through its excursions that allow you to take in the stunning splendour of the landscape. Along a stretch of 11 kilometres, you can paddle, swim or picnic to your heart’s content. Au Diable Vert also offers guided excursions on nights when there is a full moon (not available in 2020). It’s a great activity to view the gorgeous sunset and then see the magnificent moon rising.
There you have it! All of the ingredients are combined for a wonderful day on the water craft of your choice!
Have a pleasant outing!