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

Among its 47 national parks, three of Parks Canada’s gems are located in Quebec. Head to Forillon National Park, La Mauricie National Park or Mingan Archilago National Park Reserve to create lasting memories, and discover some of Québec’s most significant natural wonders.

La Mauricie National Park is a great destination year-round. During winter, it is a paradise for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Enjoy the snowy paths and take a break with a nice hot chocolate by the fireplace at one of the Park’s warm shelters. During summer, discover one of the Park’s 150 lakes, and let the haunting cry of the common loon thrill your spirit. Spend the night in the Laurentian Forest: Which season will you pick?

Forillon National Park is a dream destination for hikers: whether you are looking for a pebble beach along cliffs or a forest hike, we have a trail that is right for you. Observe the land and sea connection through its incredible wildlife and flora. During winter, enjoy scenic ski trails and discover a completely different side of the Park. What will it be: hiking shoes, flippers or ski boots?

Last but not least, spend your summer in Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve and explore a remarkably beautiful scattering of granitic islets and reefs. There is an abundance of life in this strange half-world: plants of variegated hues and shapes, seabirds gathered in colonies, seals, dolphins and whales, swarming the blue vastness in which the islands bathe. On which island will you stay overnight?

Did you know?

For all of 2017, the Discovery Pass gives you free, unlimited access to National Parks, National Marine Conservation Areas and National Historic Sites across the country! The Discovery Pass is only accepted at parks, marine areas and national historic sites operated by Parks Canada. Learn more.