Parc Des Iles de Boucherville

Parc Des Iles de Boucherville

Parc Des Iles de Boucherville
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This group of islands in the St. Lawrence River is known particularly for its bird population.
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Michael S
Apache Junction, AZ46 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
While attending a conference in Montreal, I decided to stay at the local National park, Parc Des Iles de Boucherville. it is ideally located on an island between Montreal and Longueuil, QC. It is a 5 min. car ride to Honore Beaugrand, the Greenline Metro terminus.
Initially, when entering the Park, it looks deserted. The boulevard that forms the entrance is not maintained well, and the first building you encounter on your right going in is an abandoned Hotel Gouverneur building.
The RV camping site is well laid out, giving each RVer privacy and room. However, the showers and bathrooms are located 0.5km away from the parking sites. in the morning, it took me 10+ min to get to the showers,and 10+ min to return. The downside of this is if you forget the access code, you get to put in a 2 km walk before you have breakfast, and it eats up time.
Once at the showers, I was shocked to learn that I would get 4 min of hot water in a shower for CDN $1. If you forgot your loonie, then, bingo, another km walk! A camper was not permitted to take a car to the shower.
On our second of four days at the campsite, we received a warning that some pollutant had been poured into the St. Lawrence Seaway, and we must boil our water before drinking. This made taking a shower somewhat iffy, and of course, washing dishes needed to be accompanied by scalding hot water to rinse them.
The park personnel did provide bottled water to help with the drinking water side, but we were never presented with a discount or refund because of this situation.
WI-FI was non-existent, since it was only available at the Administration Building, another 0.5 km away only during business hours.
Although a very primitive and attractive site for the "deep" camper, the conveniences did not measure up to the premium price we had to pay, because we were also forced to purchase the annual National Park membership with no senior or Good Sam discount.
BTW, the mosquitoes were ferocious. I ended up sitting at a picnic table with other campers and received at least 40 mosquito bites on my legs, arms, and neck. Instead of the island being named Ile Sainte-Marguerite, it should be named Ile Sainte-Maringouin.
Written September 13, 2017
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Marcomé
Los Angeles, CA80 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Business
Take the ferry and go bike the trails of those former farm lands. Bring your picnic too! It's the countryside in the middle of the st-lawrence river and nearby Montreal city. For nature lovers.
Written December 4, 2016
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dave_b15
Montreal, Canada271 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
We had not visited this park before but we felt like getting away from the city without travelling for ages. The rod in really needs some attention but the orange cones are out so something is happening. We visited the park centre and then walked down to the ferry. The paths and tracks are well-maintained. We walked from the ferry to the centre on Ile de grosbois and then back to the ferry. Although the islands are unspoilt the experience was spoilt by the plastic gin palaces with music blaring. If you come then choose times when the traffic on the river is less!
Written June 25, 2018
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Breakaway44
Brossard, Canada489 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Unless you are living nearby and want a big park to walk or bike (and are willing to pay 8.75$ for it) do not go there. It is only a national park by name. It is a park and it belongs to the Canadian government. That’s it. Do not expect anything near what you might expect from a NP, great views, mountains lakes, scenery, animals, it has nothing like that. Visitors from other provinces or countries: DO NOT GO THERE YOU WILL BE DISAPPOINTED...
Written June 8, 2019
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H5458CMisabellem
Ottawa, Canada14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
A lovely Sepal park with beautiful nature in the heart of Montreal. Terrible customer service - employees seem annoyed every time they interact with customers. The biggest surprise of the camping experience is that you are not allowed to drive to your campsite (it's 3 km away), you will have to pay to have someone help you get your equipment to your site ($5/item), and the ferry that connects your campsite to civilization is not operational from 9pm to 9am. If you want to take the shuttle to avoid the 3 km trek back your car, it will cost you AND it is operational from noonish to 6pm ish.
Written August 6, 2018
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imclumzy
Toronto11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
My family and I visited Boucherville National Park from a Thursday to Monday in mid-August 2016 with a hybrid travel trailer. I will highlight RV tips along the way. The convenient close proximity to Montreal is this the primary draw to stay here. It's located just off the 89 before entering the tunnel to Montreal island about 20 minutes from Old Montreal.

The entrance of the park is gated, but is open during daytime hours before 8PM. We drove up to the registration office and signed in. Entrance into the RV area (Molson sector) requires making a left U-turn around the office and taking the very first left. The entrance to Molson sector is literally kitty-corner to the office.

On pulling into the RV area we noticed that the area is essentially a large parking lot divided into angled "camp sites". There is a picnic table in each as well as electrical and water hookups. The water hookup was a nice feature that I wasn't expecting. Unfortunately, there is no sewer hookup and clearing the tanks requires a trip to the dump station. The dump station is located near the highway entrance as you leave the park on the right side. There is only 1 station so you will need to wait if there's a lineup.

The comfort station is 500m along a walking/bicycle path which is a long walk with a 4 year old kid. Flush toilets (1 stall in the men's room) and a single shower is located there, which is less than convenient. The comfort station isn't for exclusive camper use but is shared with visitors to the park. As such is is not very clean. Quite a few bugs and moderately dirty. It's a good idea to use your RV's bathroom and shower facilities here . Minus a star for this.

The angled paved camp-sites were comfortable enough but very close to the other campers. We didn't mind as we ran the AC for most of the day and weren't bothered by any noise. It's not a large site but enough room for trailer, tow vehicle, bikes, and such. A few small shrubs are located at the front of the site.

Nearby are gravel biking and walking trails that take you around the island which are quite nice. Mind the bugs flying into your eyes and mouth. As we rode around we realized that this park has a large section for families to have picnics and play near the water. Music was playing and groups of young kids were playing games near the playground. It was a very nice family environment of park visitors. We didn't find any other activities to participate in but we didn't look really look.

As mentioned the highlight of staying at Boucherville is as a jumping point to explore Montreal. The fact that it's just off the 89 is perfect as you can quickly get on the road to access both the island of Montreal and the south shore.

As an RVer this location was both cheap (compared to Ontario Provincial Parks) and suited our purposes perfectly. The water hookup was a nice feature but it would have been wonderful if there was sewer hookup too. Regardless, this was a lovely hidden location that serves as a perfect home base on our Montreal vacation. Plus it's nice to say "let's go back to our trailer park". ;)
Written August 24, 2016
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pixie1396
Philadelphia, PA21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
First and most important: directions....we found this to be quite confusing using the Canadian National Park website and Googlemaps. Neither was very helpful! Finally the owner of the flat we rented helped us out with this bit of info: "On Googlemaps enter Ile Sainte Marguerite, Boucherville, QC, J48 in the destination." We had just been putting in the title of the park....who knew!!??
SO, we made it and thankfully we did. It was such a wonderful way to spend a day. We rented kayaks for the four hour allotted time and we did the loop around the islands. It was awesome. Lots of beautiful nature,lily pads, fish, frogs, turtles, osprey, hawks, egrets, cranes and more that I couldn't identify. It is a good work out on a windy day(which we had) but worth every moment. At the end of the loop you will get a view of Montreal/Mt. Royal that you can not get anywhere else. It was quite spectacular to be able to sit on water(St. Lawrence) and view the city.
Some other reviewers wrote about the annoying boaters with music and drinking BUT we just decided to view them as part of the "landscape" of Montreal. Also they are only allowed on about 3/10 of the whole loop. I wouldn't let them discourage you or disrupt your trip too much.
Written August 2, 2014
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Frederic S
Montreal, Quebec, Canada102 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Family
You must walk 400M from the parking with your own kayak. Obviously set-up to rent their stuff only. I was alone with two kids so the set-up would have meant nearly 50 minutes and 50 minutes after. I have not seen any of this on the website, we lost a beautiful half day. We'll never be back.

If you want to rent (because money is what they care for), it can make sense I guess.
Written September 15, 2018
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Jacques G
Varennes3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Solo
I have been going to les Îles de Boucherville for fishing last summer and it is great.
Very quiet in the morning and relaxing.
Written December 19, 2016
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seb s
Montreal, Canada5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
Great parc but not for kayaking unless you like boats. Probably less in the week but simply too many in weekends. Bad air, waves, noise and beach party atmosphere. So if you are looking for getting out of town and a quiet ride in nature is't pretty much the opposite.
Written August 28, 2016
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