Couple in a cruise, photo credit Philippe Manning
The Sorel-Tracy region in Montérégie is teeming with secrets and treasures just begging to be discovered. Such is the case with all 103 Sorel islands, which make up the largest archipelago on the St. Lawrence River. To discover the rich variety of plants and animals, as well as the beauty of this unique landscape, a ton of activities are offered. Ready to have fun?
Go on a Cruise
UNESCO has designated the Sorel Islands a World Biosphere Reserve. This natural habitat is home to the largest known heron colony in the world. It is also possible to observe over 288 species of birds
To appreciate the beauty of these islands, interspersed with wetlands, bays and channels, you can opt for a boat excursion. A guide will share a ton of information with you. As such, Croisières des îles de Sorel, wetland excursions offered by the Société d’aménagement de la baie Lavallière (SABL) and Randonnée nature are excellent ideas so you don’t miss a thing.
Ready Your Paddles!
photo credit Philippe Manning
Aboard a kayak, canoe, rabaska or stand-up paddle board, you will be closer to nature than ever. Whether a beginner or experienced paddler, you’ll find an offer adapted to the experience you would like to enjoy. For example, Excursions Kayakalo, Expéditions Canots Rabaskas Sorel and SUP-Quest will guide you through the islands and wetlands, whether paddling solo or with a group. It is also possible to rent a boat at SABL and head out to discover the islands on your own, following the indications given.
On Dry Land
If you would prefer to stay on dry land, make sure you stop at the Biophare in Sorel-Tracy. All the treasures and diversity of human and natural heritage in the region will be revealed with an exhibition “L’observatoire du lac Saint-Pierre.”
Complete your day by tasting a “gibelotte”! The restaurants in Sainte-Anne-de-Sorel prepare this regional fish stew with loach or perch. A feast that will treat you to another side to the Sorel-Tracy region!