You Can Navigate Through A Water Maze Near Ottawa & You'll Be Paddling Into The Sunset

Admire a starlit marsh.🌌

Ottawa Staff Writer
Sunset glow on a water maze with paddler. Right: Aerial view of Eco-Odyssee water labyrinth.

Sunset glow on a water maze with paddler. Right: Aerial view of Eco-Odyssee water labyrinth.

There is a mystical water labyrinth that you can navigate by boat about 30 minutes from the city of Ottawa. However you prefer to paddle, by canoe, paddleboard or pedal boat, you can explore a hidden marsh and discover some wildlife.

Éco-Odyssée park in Wakefield, Quebec has a water maze through marshlands with different ways to adventure that you can experience day or night.

There are several levels of difficulty for daytime adventures on the water, depending on how much you want to test your wildlife knowledge.

The Walk is an easy paddle through the maze, the Discoverer is still easy but will have you looking for clues about local wildlife and the third option, The Observer, is challenging as you need a good sense of direction while you identify clues to find Clue Island.

You can also choose from three nighttime adventures where you can paddle into the sunset or under the stars.

The Twilight tour will have you admiring the glowing sunsets over the water maze, feeling nature surround you at dusk. The Moonlight adventure will have you paddling under the glow of the moon and finishes off with a campfire and snacks. These two tours are available Fridays and Saturdays, and this year, one kilometre of the water trail will be illuminated (but you will still have to pack a flashlight for these evening tours).

If you're a fan of meteor showers, the Perseids night tour gives you the chance to spot shooting stars from the peaceful waters of the marsh. While the best time to view them is between August 11 to August 15, a spokesperson for the park told Narcity that since there is a full moon set for that same time, they recommend coming a week before or after then so you can have a better chance of spotting the meteors dash across the night sky.

Each adventure lasts about two hours and tickets start at $40 per person, depending on the tour and type of watercraft rented.

This is also the second summer for Eco-Noctura, the immersive storytelling experience, that will carry you away to an enchanted world. This magical experience is projected on a cliffside and takes place Fridays and Saturdays and ends with a campfire.

Éco-Odyssée

Price: $40+ per person

When: Open as of May 14, 2022

Address: 52 Chem. des Sources, Wakefield, QC

Why You Need To Go: You can choose your ultimate adventure to navigate a marshy water maze in the sunshine, during golden hour or beneath the stars.

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