In Montréal you can climb aboard a boat at a Downtown wharf and be crashing through Class V white water minutes later.
Lachine Rapids Tours. Discover the rapids on a large jet boat—and bring a change of clothes. There are daily departures (every two hours) May through October from Clock Tower Pier in the Old Port. The price includes all gear, and the trip lasts an hour. Another option is a 20-minute ride in a 12-passenger boat that reaches speeds up to 80 kph (50 mph). Boats leave the Old Ports' Jacques Cartier Pier every half hour between 10 am and 6 pm from May to October. Trips are narrated in French and English. 47 de la Commune Ouest, Old Montréal, Montréal, Québec, H2Y 2C6. 514/284–9607; www.jetboatingmontreal.com. Jet boat C$69, 20-minute speed boat ride C$27.