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Oka National Park, Oka

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Oka National Park is a small provincially administered park, located between the village of Oka and Pointe-Calumet on the north shore of Lac des Deux Montagnes in Quebec, Canada. The Park is home to one of the largest heronries in Quebec and the historical site of Calvaire d'Oka shrine which dates from 1740.FacilitiesThe Park has an area of 23.7km2. It shares territory with the municipalities of Oka, Saint-Joseph-du-Lac and Pointe-Calumet, which are all in the County of Deux-Montagnes regional municipality and the region of Laurentides. The Park includes beaches and marshes located north of Lac des Deux Montagnes, as well as the Calvaire d'Oka. The Park is traversed by Highway 344 and is also accessible by Quebec Autoroute 640.The Oka Calvary trailThe priests of the Sulpician order built seven chapels on the low hills of Oka to mark some of the Stations of the Cross.
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  • We stayed in the refuge section but toured the whole park. How stunning the forests are ! An impressive feat to have the grounds so forested but so many sites on it. Clean bathrooms. Fantastic beaches...  more »
  • We stayed at the Oka national park in July 2017 for 3 nights in a location without services. We were 4 adults with a 9 month old baby (a good ratio!). We went from Sunday to Wednesday, and the campground was probably empty more than 95%, which must be the opposite from Friday to Sunday. I think that the free entry in the Parks Canada hurt Parcs Québec this year. Activities: without a doubt, you'll find something to do with the whole family in this park. There are trails that allow you to make beautiful hikes in the nature and which bring you to panoramic views. Trails of all difficulties and of different lengths are available. Rely instead on the cards on the trails, because they are more accurate than those found in the general pamphlet. There is also a cycle path which is part of the route verte. You can also walk through the campground who still counts more than 800 sites. Of course, there is also the beach. Very nice beach, plan a lot of traffic, especially on weekends, and, although the site of the Park is empty. The beach is divided into different sections, ranging from the family section until more festive areas. The sand is relatively thin and entry to the water is very delicate, which is ideal for children. The beach is well supervised by lifeguards and security officers. She is also very well laid out. Notably, there is a bar, where the drinks are detailed at prices quite reasonable and comparable to any bar not located in downtown Montreal. Also, there is a dairy bar where you can enjoy ice creams and sundaes at more than reasonable prices for the resulting amount. A snack bar is also at your fingertips. Finally, we find many picnic tables of the lands of volleyball and inflatable modules of water games for children. Don't forget to visit Oka and its surroundings, the region has many wineries and other tourist attractions. Overall score for activities: 10/10 toilet block: the buildings enclosing the toilet blocks are outdated and too few in number whereas the number of sites available. Cleanliness is average, at best. What is unacceptable is that the maintenance was done to each 24 hours during our stay. We expect better of a campsite of SÉPAQ. Some toilets are same came to running out of toilet paper between their visits, and on the women's side, and on the men's side... The number of toilets and showers available by sanitary block is laughable, there must be some queues at moments of peak! Showers, to 4 x 25 cents to activate the shower initially to get water for 4 minutes. In fact, the weather is variable, a time it lasted 2 and a half minutes and another 5 minutes... Bring you a sufficient number of parts, sometimes some parts do not go into the machine. Moreover, the water is freezing, unless you are the only one in the block to take your shower. I also had to wait for my wife to finish her shower on the other side to get water from a warmer temperature than the surrounding Greenland. Other facilities on the site (entrance to the trails, general store, beach) are well kept and clean. It seems that the blocks will be renovated in the fall of 2017... to follow. Overall rating for the sanitary blocks: 5/10 overall appearance: camp sites are many and well divided. Several sizes are available. Take a look on the website to view the size of your site. Several sections are available, once again, it is better to browse the web site to choose the right. Some sections accept dogs, others allow to have conversations after 23: 00, others are closer to the beach, etc. It is great to see that the campsite adapts to the needs of his followers. In addition, more than 95% of the sites are shaded, which gives some privacy from the neighbors. However, the Park is still located close to some motorway access, so you can sometimes hear the traffic nearby. Overall rating for the overall appearance: 8/10 in closing, note the presence of many racoons bit shy on sites and gulls on the beach. Don't forget your repellent, with a regular application, we did not have any problems. These factors cannot be attributed to the Park, they obviously are not taken into account in the calculation of the final grade. Final score: 23/30 in short, did we get? Yes, to conditions that the toilet blocks are actually renovated.
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  • My favorite around Montreal beach. Holiday atmosphere. Largest in the sand, often hot water, well-supervised. Camping in the Woods, intimate, nature (beware of raccoons that are not shy and go snooping in your coolers). Great Community Hall. Bathroom but pay showers are ridiculous. We pay enough to not having to get out plenty of 25 cents for 4 minutes. It's cheap (but it seems that it is the rule in Quebec).
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