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Adventure courses and rock climbing

Among the Québec recreation centres, more and more outdoor enthusiasts are becoming hooked on treetop adventure courses, via ferratas, rock climbing and canyoning. 

Across Québec, challenges big and small await you and your family or friends in the forests, gorges and escarpments.


No harness is needed to walk across one of Québec’s impressive suspension bridges—but a dash of nerve won’t go amiss. The bridge at Canyon des Portes de l’Enfer stands 63 m high, while the one at Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook is 169 m long!

More than 25 aerial adventure sites offer both newcomers and veterans a bird’s-eye view of the immense boreal forest. Many are less than two hours from Montréal, Québec City or Gatineau.

In fall, a treetop adventure course in a maple grove is a great opportunity to feast your eyes on the dazzling autumn leaves. Other sites offer breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River or the Fjord du Saguenay.

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If rambling along cliffside paths is more your style, then you’ll want to try a via ferrata. The Rivière Sainte-Anne canyon, near Québec City, and the Palissades park in Saint-Siméon (Charlevoix) both serve up thrilling sensations and spectacular views.

For something even more adventurous—but still very safe—canyoning attracts thrill-seekers who don’t mind getting wet.

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Climb to the top of a bountiful nature

Whether you are a seasoned climber or an adventure seeker who would like to try rock climbing, Québec has an abundance of natural sites and artificial facilities where you can practice the various types of climbing: traditional climbing, sport climbing, top roping or bouldering, the choice is yours!

Our wide open spaces feature some 250 sites in 13 regions... and that includes Montréal! Escalating cliffs or mountains is sure to provide some exhilarating moments, magnificent landscapes, and breathtaking views once you reach the summit. What better way to try something that is out of the beaten path, right in the heart of Québec’s great outdoors!

If you would like to try rock climbing under the supervision of a certified instructor, or to engage in your passion regardless of the weather, try one of the artificial walls created in Québec’s many climbing centres. These facilities cater to climbers of every level, offering themed climbing walls, overhang structures, giant blocks, and state-of-the-art environments.

Directory of climbing facilities

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