Oka

The town of Oka, founded in 1721 by the Roman Catholic Sulpician Order, is located in the Laurentides Region.

It has a population of 3,500. Oka is situated on the northern bank of the Ottawa River, west of Laval, on Route 344. It was founded in 1721 by the Roman Catholic Sulpician Order. The community stretches along the Ottawa River and the Lake of Two Mountains. Its marina draws people from the urban cities around Montreal to the area.

The Abbey of Notre-Dame du Lac is famous for its Oka cheese produced by the Trappists monks living at the monastery.

The main attraction in Oka is undoubtedly the national park of Oka (parc national d'Oka). There, visitors can take the historical path of the Calvaire d’Oka, which presents the station of the cross on which we can see oratories and chapels dating back to 1742.

On the Grande Baie path, visitors can climb up the observation tower and cross the floating bridge that goes over the marsh. Visitors can have a nice dinner in the restaurant located inside the centre des services Le Littoral and rent a room at the Gite sous les Pins.

In summer, the Oxygene camp of Oka is very popular, and offers the opportunity to go camping, have a picnic and do several water sports. In winter, cross-country skiing paths, a winter campground, the skating rink, the slide and the snowshoeing paths are at the disposal of the visitors. Tourists also can visit the Savonnerie NHOA’s Eden, a traditional soap factory that presents demonstrations of soap making. It is possible to buy natural body-care products made with essential oils.

In 1990, the town of Oka was the centre of the so called the Oka Crisis, that's a land dispute between the Mohawk nation and the town of Oka. The crisis resulted in the death of one man, and the first of a number of violent conflicts between First Nations and the Canadian government. A ferry service operates between Oka and the town of Hudson across the Ottawa River.

There is also connection with the AMT Deux-Montagnes Train to and from Montreal's Central Station and Deux-Montagnes Station by the OKA Express mini-bus.

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