Stand-up paddleboarding can either make your heart raise due to the adrenaline rush or offer you solace to help you be one with your body and appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds you. SUPing near Fort Chambly will definitely give you both experiences.
SUPing is not as intense as other water sports like surfing, skimboarding, or even kayaking. But it is quite versatile. Who would ever think that you can mix yoga with a water sport? In fact, you can go on a water tour while you paddle through the quiet waters of the lake or river—wherever body of water you are in.
Magical Paddle Boarding Experience in Chambly
If you are looking to discover both new scenery and a part of the world’s history, pencil in stand-up paddleboarding near Fort Chambly in your calendar. We highly recommend touring around the outskirts of Montreal. The place is filled with so much history that’s waiting to be discovered.
Chambly is an off-island suburb of Montreal, in southwestern Quebec, Canada. It houses two of the most iconic architectural beauties in the region: the Fort-Chambly National Historic Site and the Gervais-Désourdy Nautical Center.
Just outside the historic buildings lies the Le Bassin de Chambly (Chambly basin). It’s the perfect spot to bask in the beauty of nature. The whole area looks so surreal. It’s a setting that’s definitely relaxing to the eyes, most especially if you’ve lived in a very busy city all your life.
If you plan on seeking solace by meditating or something similar, it is highly recommended to SUP at the end of the day by the Richelieu River, when all of the boats have been put away. By then the water will be calm and you’ll less likely find yourself falling off the board due to the waves caused by the busy boats. You’ll find quite the magical experience while SUPing as you stare in awe at the historic fortress that is Fort Chambly.
Fort Chambly: A short dive in history
Fort Chambly was built by the French in 1711. It was the last of the three forts built by Captain Jacques de Chambly, in his dire efforts to protect New France from the Iroquois. This historic structure was an integral part of the defensive chain of fortification along the Richelieu River. At the time, it was the easiest invasion route to take to conquer New France.
Fort Chambly took part not only during the war between the French and the Iroquois but also during the Spanish Succession, the French and Indian War in 1760, and during the American Invasion of Canada from 1775 to 1776. Although around 1748 when both Fort Saint-Frédéric and Fort Saint-Jean were constructed, Fort Chambly lost its defensive purpose and instead became the warehouse and rally-point of the soldiers.
It even housed the prisoners of war, including Colonel William Stacy, until the end of the American Revolutionary War. By 1881, Joseph-Octave Dion, a Chambly citizen, decided to repair and restore the site which was later on recognized, in the 20th century, by the Canadian government as a cultural and historical treasure.
Picture yourself staring magically at Fort Chambly from a different angle and imagine the different wars that transpired in the same water you are floating on. How the foundation of the structure remained all these years despite getting destroyed and burned down countless times throughout history. You may find yourself reflecting on your life and whatever it is that’s making you seek solace right now.
SUPing in Fort Chambly is definitely an experience worthy to be part of your summer bucket list.