My friend and I made reservations for this tour a few days in advance and took the trip in July 2010. The dock was a little hard to find as the map on the site is not the most detailed, but we ended up making it on time. They WILL ask you to be at the dock 45 minutes in advance and I suggest that you do They have bathrooms, changing rooms and lockers on site. They will also let you pay with Credit cards, debit or cash. It cost us $65 per person.
The presentation was made by an older man and I must say we found him to be quite "special". He was rude to the staff, bossing them around in front of us and then rolling his eyes. He also tried to make jokes but seriously, no one was laughing and everybody just wanted him to get to the point. They will provide you with water-shoes, a body-suit, a sweater, a life jacket and wind-jacket but the staff seemed to be confused and they kept telling us the opposite from each other. One would tell us we didn't need to sweater, others would tell us we did... and they were all rough in their way of speaking.
Our tour guide on the boat was very nice, bilingual and fun. It takes 15 minutes to get to the rapids and in those 15 minutes, the tour guides will explain a few things about the bridges and the things we pass. I've learned a thing or two about Montreal. You will spend about 30 minutes in the rapids. The rapids are pretty impresive and so are the boats. You will get a LOT of water in yoru face and will get COMPLETELY wet. It can also be quite rough on your back so people with major back or enck problems should think twice about doing this activity. People who are scared of water should NOT do this activity either.
We were told that the body suit would protect our clothes from getting wet, but this was NOT the case. You will NEED a change of clothes and you will need a towel.
They gave us hot chocolate at the end of the tour to warm us up as well as plastic bags to put our wet clothes in.
I would have given this activity a 5* had it not been for the rude staff.
Tip: If you sit at the front of the boat, you will get lots of water in your face. If you sit at the back of the boat, you will have water up to your waste. I suggest sitting at the front rather than at the back. You get more of the experience.
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