Surfing the Habitat 67 river wave in Canada

March 22, 2011 | Surfing
Habitat 67: the Montreal river wave | Photo: Corran Addison

Habitat 67 is Canada's most famous standing wave. Located in the Lachine Rapids, in Montreal, Quebec, the ride attracts surfers from all over the world.

The static wave breaks right in front of a futuristic residential block planned by the famous architect Moshe Safdie in 1967.

Habitat 67, the surf spot, is a fast-flowing river wave that surfers, bodyboarders, and kayakers enjoy.

This challenging wave can build up to two meters high. Upriver, surfers can find an alternative: "Big Joe" is also surfable, and endless rides are available.

There are more than 500 local surfers. The Montreal surfing community discovered Habitat 67 in 2002 and, since then, thousands have been testing its qualities.

A Crowded River Surfing Spot

The Saint Lawrence River can get crowded. Surfing is becoming very popular, and surf tourists also want to check the unusual standing wave.

It is possible to wait up to 45 minutes for your turn.

The wave never ends and can be surfed 24 hours a day, in the 365 days of the year. You do not have to check the weather, the tides, or the wave height forecast.

Surfing Habitat 67 in Montreal is a life experience.

Make sure to wear a thick wetsuit because, in the winter months, the air temperature might reach -20 ºC (-4 ºC).

Discover the best river waves and tidal bores of the world. Watch how it is to surf at Habitat 67 in Montreal.