Our national parksNature magnified!
Québec’s national parks have extraordinary experiences in store for you! Together, these imposing protected spaces provide a perfect example of Québec’s multi-faceted geography. Each park has its own unique personality owing to its location, flora and fauna, and they all boast an astounding diversity of natural sites and scenery.
Parks can be found in every corner of Québec, from Abitibi-Témiscamingue to the extreme tip of the Gaspé Peninsula, with many located within easy reach of urban centres. Most of these parks are managed by the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq); Forillon and La Mauricie national parks, as well as the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, are run by Parks Canada. Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park is managed jointly by Sépaq and Parks Canada.
On a global level, three parks are truly exceptional: the first, Parc national de Miguasha, is on UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage List, and the other two—Grands-Jardins and Hautes Gorges de-la-Rivière-Malbaie—are core zones of the Charlevoix World Biosphere Reserve.
Fresh air for all
You can practise a broad range of activities at Québec’s national parks. These pursuits not only allow you to recharge your batteries in an unspoiled natural setting, but also respect the integrity of the surrounding ecosystems. Each park offers a selection of flora and fauna discovery and interpretation programs led by nature guides.
Families can enjoy picnics, strolls, cycling, swimming, boating and, naturally, camping. To fully probe a park’s inner depths, canoeing or kayaking and hiking are the way to go. Some parks offer fishing, diving, horseback riding or mountain biking.
Come winter, you can go snowshoeing, skiing, ice fishing or dogsledding. Whatever the season, the majority of Québec’s parks rent out the equipment you need for your chosen activity (watercraft, bikes, skis, snowshoes and the like).
Make the most of starry, starry nights
Québec’s national parks enjoy a stellar reputation for their beauty and for the quality of their fully serviced campgrounds and rustic campsites. In addition to all-inclusive stays, many offer the “ready to camp” option by renting fully equipped tents or tent-trailers. Groups in particular will be interested in the wide selection of cabins, camps and huts; booking in advance is recommended. Curious travellers will be tempted to sleep in a yurt or a tepee, and hardy adventurers will opt for winter camping in a tent or even an igloo!