Parc national du Mont-Tremblant © Sépaq/M.Dupuis

National parks

Extraordinary experiences await at Québec’s national parks! Together, these immense protected spaces cover the gamut of Québec’s varied geography. Each park has its own unique personality owing to its location, flora and fauna; all of them boast an astounding diversity of natural sites, recreational possibilities and scenery.

The parks at a glance

From Abitibi-Témiscamingue to the extreme tip of the Gaspé peninsula, parks can be found in every corner of Québec. Many are within easy reach of the province’s urban centres. Most are under the jurisdiction of the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq). Forillon, La Mauricie and the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve are run by Parks Canada, while the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park is managed jointly by the two organizations.

At 1,500 km2 (932 sq. mi.), Parc national du Mont-Tremblant is the largest of Québec’s parks. The smallest, Miguasha in Gaspésie, barely measures 87 ha. Parc national des Pingualuit, located in Nunavik, is Québec’s first northern park.

With summers packed with canoeing, kayaking and hiking, the 24 national parks in the Parcs Québec network are something of a phenomenon. Each of these protected areas is unique and offers a singular experience.

Québec’s national parks are a favourite among outdoor enthusiasts, far and wide, for the opportunity to observe abundant and diverse fauna, and for venturing out on one of the 200 splendid walking trails. Take advantage of the parks’ immense lakes, surrounded by breathtaking scenery, for any number of watersports. Here, nature becomes a never-ending playground. At dusk, head back to your cottage, yurt, campsite or ready-to-camp Huttopia tent to relax around a campfire and regain your strength for the next adventure-filled day.

In winter, put on your boots, snowshoes or cross-country skis: you have an important date with a snowy mountaintop and scenery that will stay with you forever. Don’t bother trying to resist the spell of your surroundings; the feeling of being in a winter wonderland is every bit real. Look closely, and you’ll spot the tracks that betray the discreet presence of countless animals such as moose and foxes. Listen closely and you might even hear the hooting of an owl at nightfall. And where to spend a cozy night in the cold season? Try a yurt or cottage, or even a hut or rustic shelter—the options abound!

Chalet EXP. au parc national des Grands-Jardins © Sépaq/S.Deschênes
Parc national du Bic, Bas-Saint-Laurent © Sépaq/M.Dupuis
Parc national de la Gaspésie © Sépaq/S. Deschênes