The blue route

The Route Bleue is a "ready-to-go" destination for anyone looking for a paddling activity with family or friends. Whether you're canoeing, kayaking or paddleboarding, you'll be able to explore in complete safety on certified, signposted routes. What's more, you'll be able to forecast and plan your outings, with interactive mapping and a host of tools available online. More than 230 km of trails are now accessible in the Montérégie region, including more than a hundred in the Haut-Richelieu!

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Among other things, the Route Bleue is recognized as a national network by the Ministry of Education. By improving and facilitating access to bodies of water within an eco-responsible framework, it guarantees the safety and standardization of paddling routes in Quebec.
  • Accessibility and safety: Make outdoor water activities accessible and safe.
  • Rediscovering our heritage: Rediscovering our heritage and identity.
  • Sustainable access: Giving Quebecers back sustainable access to their water bodies.
  • Environmental protection: Protecting water bodies for today and future generations.
  • Structured cohabitation: Ensuring the harmonious cohabitation of different uses of water bodies

Get ready to paddle! La route bleue has arrived in Montérégie

This summer, everyone can paddle! Whatever your skill level, explore Montérégie's magnificent waterways in complete safety.
Plan your outing, assess your skill level and choose the route that best suits your abilities and interests by clicking here:
What's more, you'll find all the relevant guides and training courses to help you deepen your theoretical and technical knowledge.

The Route Bleue is above all an adventure of sharing and communion with nature. Identify us with the keyword #Laroutebleue!

Center de plein air l'Estacade

Discover the wonders of the Richelieu River with the captivating trails offered by Centre de Plein Air l'Estacade.

The first course invites you to explore the natural beauty of the region, with breathtaking views of the Lacolle Bridge and Ash Island. You'll marvel at the ecological richness of the river while enjoying an idyllic setting. Nearby, a range of unusual accommodation awaits you, perfect for extending your stay and experiencing nature at its best.
Rivière Richelieu - Centre de Plein Air l'Estacade - South - La route bleue

For beginners, the second course offers a peaceful loop along the Richelieu River, leading all the way to the U.S. border. Its length is ideal for a relaxing day's paddling, perfect for a weekend getaway.

What's more, along the way you'll discover several fascinating points of interest, including a beaver lodge where you can observe local wildlife, and the famous Cantic swing bridge, a living testimony to local history.

Rivière Richelieu - Tour de l'Île Ash - La route bleue

Whether you're a nature lover, an adventurer in search of new horizons or simply looking for a relaxing getaway, the courses at Centre de Plein Air l'Estacade will seduce you and offer you a memorable experience in the heart of the Richelieu River.


Route 1: Depart from the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu area, with the option of following the shoreline of Sainte-Thérèse Island northwards to a pretty marsh. It's a peaceful spot without too much boating traffic, ideal for observing flora and fauna up close. Richelieu River - Sainte-Thérèse Island - North - La route bleue

Route 2: Also starts in the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu area, with a loop option along the shore of Île Sainte-Thérèse. There are also locks to the west. It's a quiet spot that offers a natural experience close to the city. Rivière Richelieu - Île Sainte-Thérèse - South - La route bleue

Route 3: Departing from Parc Gerry-Boulet, this route offers a short nautical experience in the heart of Old Saint-Jean. You can combine this outing with other discovery activities, or extend it in the direction of the Centre-de-Plein-Air-Ronald-Beauregard park. Rivière Richelieu - Vieux Saint-Jean - La route bleue

Route 4: This route starts at the Centre-de-Plein-air-Ronald-Beauregard park and offers full reception facilities. It allows you to paddle along the west bank of the Richelieu, near Old Saint-Jean, for a variable length of time, from a few minutes to a few hours. Richelieu River - Centre-de-Plein-Air-Ronald-Beauregard Park - South - La route bleue

Route 5: Departing from Parc Goyette, this route offers an escape along the east bank of the Richelieu. A visit to the Ruisseau de la Barbotte often provides an opportunity for privileged contact with local wildlife. Richelieu River - Goyette Park - La route bleue

These different routes offer a variety of possibilities for kayaking enthusiasts, from unspoilt natural areas to urban explorations along the Richelieu.


Courses will be available soon, so stay tuned!