Oka is a small, old town on the north bank of the Ottawa River where it flows into the Lake of Two Mountains. Oka became internationally-known for a 1990 armed standoff between Mohawks on the neighbouring Kanesatake Reserve and the Canadian Army, over a golfcourse development on land claimed by the Mohawks. Most of the time, it is a peaceful village where Montrealers go for some outdoor recreation in the summer.
By car: From Montreal, take Autoroute 13 or 15 north past Laval, then head west on Autoroute 640 until it meets with route 344 (Chemin d'Oka). Continue heading west on route 344 for about 5km.
By train/bus from Montreal, take the Agence Metropolitain de Transport train AMT Schedule] to Deux-Montagnes station, then take the Oka Express mini-bus into town Schedule (bus available into Oka in the evening, from Oka back to the train station in the morning ($2.50)).
By ferry: there is a daytime, seasonal (spring to autumn) ferry taking passengers across the Lake of Two Mountains from Hudson to Oka. In the winter, if the ice freezes enough, one can drive across a cleared path on the lake for a fee.
By bike: From the Deux-Montagnes station, take the well-maintained Route Verte trail that passes through Oka National Park before reaching Oka.
The centre of town is very small and can be traversed on foot within minutes. To get to the attractions (the park, the abbey, the waterslides), you will need a bicycle or a car.
- Enjoy Oka beach at the Oka National Park (actually a provincial park or Quebec National Park).
- Go on the waterslides at Super Aqua-Club in Pointe-Calumet (adjacent to Oka).
- Go apple picking at one of several farms in September and early October.
- Oka cheese, a distinctive semi-soft cheese made by monks, is available at the Notre-Dame du Lac Abbey.
- Kanesatake Reserve has a number of establishments that sell tobacco and alcohol tax-free to natives. Some may also sell it to non-natives tax free, which is of disputed legality.
- Most of the apple farms have delicious apple treats for sale in September-October (such as apple pie and apple cider).
- Parc national d'Oka, 2020 chemin Oka, ☎ +1 450-479-8365. Year-round camping. Sites with or without services, or ready-to-camp. $22.50–$42.75/day.