5 surprising activities to rediscover Trois-Rivières
- October 4, 2021
Halfway between two large effervescent cities, Trois-Rivières has nothing to envy its neighbors when it comes to unusual activities. The city is…Read More
“Extreme” sports have been popular since the 2000s. Particularly among young people who seem to show a need to feel they exist and to give value to their existence. But in a few decades, the definition tends to become more flexible and the list of these “hair-raising” sports has evolved a lot. Also in an effort to increase dopamine production, with the thrill and adrenaline rush, other more accessible adventure sports have emerged or have taken their rightful place.
“ADRENALINE: Nicknamed“ stress hormone ”, adrenaline is secreted during a state of intense emotion or during significant physical activity. It responds to an increased need for energy to face danger, to resist pain or a lack of oxygen. ”
We offer 4 100% adrenaline-fueled activities (rafting, electric surfing, canyoning, hang-gliding) experienced by our journalist, in order to break with your habits and to get you out of your comfort zone.
While maintaining self-control (or not – it’s therapeutic to let out a few cries!), To overcome a fear, but above all to have fun, a rafting excursion in the middle of the Lachine rapids will give you unique sensations. !
Despite the storm that seems to be forming on the horizon, I still go to Rafting Montreal in LaSalle, to take part in a descent on the St. Lawrence River.
My last rafting experiences – overseas – had been epic, if not dangerous. So, despite being optimistic by nature, I felt a bit of a need for the dynamic team of guides and apprentice guides to reassure me about the outcome of the activity. While waiting for the rain to pass, Bilal, our experienced rafting and kayaking guide and manager of the company who has been operating since 1992, takes the time to tell us about the location, how the rapids are formed and to show us all the maneuvers. Fortunately Bilal will be at the helm of the boat to remind us of the positions to take, as at this moment the rapids are also likely to swallow not only our memory, but also our composure! He will also make us laugh brilliantly!
Wetsuit, seat belt, helmet and single paddle, we get aboard a sturdy canary yellow inflatable boat (for 6-8 people). Accessible and safe for everyone from the age of six – our descent will however be personalized to our group who seems a little more adventurous. With “Down” and “Up”, you have to be ready to paddle to challenge the most intense waves of the St. Lawrence River such as Outécoutos, Louis, the Devil’s Threshold and the famous Big John! It is possible to complete the adventure with a refreshing swim, even on the last choppy rapid. Unfortunately, I miss the Momentum to jump to the right safe place! Guaranteed fun on this most exhilarating introductory course on class I-II (and even III and IV) rapids. I try to take the time to admire the breathtaking wild and urban landscape, as we stop here and there around islets that dot the river. From start to finish this captivating adventure will fill me with a certain excitement!
Our journalist was invited to test the personalized service of Rafting Montreal, located in LaSalle.
No need to wait for THE ideal wave to fully experience electric surfing with Eco Surf Canada. Rather similar to a paddle board, but with 2 speeds, this accessible adventure (from 16 years old) is perfect to fight against monotony. Electric surfing is suitable not only for thrill seekers, but also for those who prefer long, leisurely walks on the water.
On an exotic stay in a Bora Bora hut at Domaine Pourki – next to the Ryan Marina in Sabrevois where Eco Surf Canada is located, I also want to tame the Richelieu, but in an original way. Despite the somewhat windy weather, but supervised by François, the owner of this young company, I try my luck to test a fully electric ecological surfboard. Following a demo and a small introductory lesson, as wireless control gives additional freedom (adjustable power for all skill levels), I go to face the river on my own for about 1 hour (Depending on whether you are a experienced surfer or a beginner, battery life will vary depending on power demand, between 40 minutes to 1 hour). Beginner’s luck: I get up on the board first time and manage to cover a good distance without losing my footing. The other tests will be a little more demanding, especially as the wind and the waves are working on this uncertain day. Having the chance to use the most versatile and stable model, the ANTA, I still have a lot of fun and am not discouraged. Several other choices are available that can reach speeds of up to 45 km / h. This is without a doubt your must-do activity of the year!
Our journalist was invited to test the expertise of Eco Surf Canada, located in Sabrevois.
In order to improve your technical skills and measure your physical potential, but above all to tame the environment that you travel in an extraordinary way, canyoning through the Jean-Larose waterfall, is a great classic, offered by Canyoning-Québec , a pioneer of this activity in Quebec.
At the time, I was very new to this popular activity, which included rappelling the different sections of a waterfall and swimming from one pool to another occasionally. The site caters to all levels of experience, from the little beginner to the serious athlete. (I will get such a taste for it, that I will give myself the chance to relive the experience elsewhere, for example in the region of Coroico in Bolivia). Accompanied by my friend Valérie, who offers to be my official photographer, I embark on the adventure. After preparing my equipment rented by the company itself and a rope descent familiarization clinic, I started rope descent at two vertical waterfalls of 12 and 19 meters, always under the supervision of professional guides. The site is spectacular and has deep pools at the base of each waterfall. I choose to jump 7 meters high and it’s awesome. Followed by a descent of two vertical waterfalls of 12 and 19 meters. It’s awesome and I still get chills!
Our journalist paid for herself with her Canyoning-Quebec excursion, located at Jean-Larose Falls.
To awaken all your senses, to define your identity as well as your way of being in the world in this need to surpass yourself, the experience of hang-gliding (or paragliding) is very appropriate.
Always with this desire to feel free as the air, I had promised myself at this moment to experience all the variations of the sports taking part from the air. Without a motorized vehicle, but still accompanied by an instructor, hang-gliding appealed to me more. I also wanted to restore the letters of nobility to the Montérégie region by discovering it, not only through its vineyards, but also through the air. Following a few instructions from my home instructor, I put on a powder blue one-piece suit and head out into the field. Feverish, I watch the “delta wings”, light single-seater or two-seater aircraft, spinning in the distance. I barely have time to daydream that my name is called to settle in my two-seater with golden wings. And now we have to run together in order to build momentum to “jump into the void” from the top of the hill. And there, something magical happens: I fly! The views over the farmland are splendid and everything already seems so small on the ground. The power of the wind fascinates and intrigues me. The instructor even lets me maneuver somewhat like it’s my birthday after all! The experience to offer yourself, if you are thrill seekers between the ages of 7 and 97.
Our reporter paid for herself with her sub business at Distance Vol Libre, located in Saint-Paul-d’Abbotsford. However, it is temporarily closed due to a lack of instructors. To be continued!
Hang gliding From the sky: https://www.deltaplanetandem.ca/
Recreational flight (motorized hang-gliding): https://www.volrecreatif.com/deltaplane.php