Difference between revisions of "Oka"
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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 Kahnasatake 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 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.