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Adventure courses

More and more outdoor enthusiasts are becoming hooked on treetop adventure courses, via ferratas 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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