© Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean/F.Tremblay

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.

Sépaq invites you to explore its national parks and create memorable experiences.

In winter, put on your boots, snowshoes or cross-country skis: you have an important date with a snowy mountaintop and a picture-perfect landscape. Sépaq offers a wide range of stimulating outdoor activities that are sure to warm you up no matter how sensitive you are to the cold. Don’t bother trying to resist the spell of your surroundings; you are in fact in a winter wonderland. Keep your eyes peeled: you might spot the tracks of a number of elusive animals, such as moose and foxes. Come nightfall, you may even hear the hooting of a barred owl. And where can you spend a cozy night in the cold season? Try a cottage, a yurt, a shelter or even a four-star inn—the options abound!

In summer, Québec’s 24 national parks offer a wealth of incredible sights, whether you’re on foot, in a canoe or in a kayak. All of this protected land presents an opportunity to get in touch with nature and make surprising discoveries.

Québec’s national parks welcome all nature lovers, with abundant and diverse fauna, and some 200 trails where hikers can seek out breathtaking views. Practise water sports on the parks’ immense lakes, surrounded by idyllic scenery. Here, nature becomes not only a source of inspiration and replenishment, but also a huge playground. At dusk, head back to your campsite, ready-to-camp tent, cottage or yurt to relax next to the campfire and regain your strength for the next adventure-filled day.

 

Chalet EXP. au parc national du Mont-Mégantic © Sépaq/M. Charland
Parc national du Mont-Tremblant © Sépaq/S. Deschênes
Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie © 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.

Forillon National Park © Parc Canada/R.St Laurent
© Parc Canada/E.Lajeunesse
© Parc Canada/E.Lajeunesse

Québec’s territory features 13 wildlife reserves full of vast forests and dotted with many lakes and rivers. This network boasts over 52,000 km2 for leisure and adventure. As prime areas for hunting, fishing and outdoor activities, Québec’s wildlife reserves also have 500 cottages and rustic sites available for rent, as well as several campgrounds with services and wilderness options.

Hop on a rowboat, canoe or kayak and discover rich, breathtaking fauna and flora. In winter, discover cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails winding through a serene, unspoiled natural setting under an immaculate canopy of driven snow. Become one with nature!

Directory of wildlife reserves

© TQ/S.Deschênes
Réserve faunique des Chic-Chocs © TQ/S.Deschênes
Réserve faunique de Matane © TQ/P.Carbonneau

Nature lovers and outdoor fans are sure to have the time of their life in any of Québec’s municipal or regional parks. A wide variety of activities and services are available in over 175 parks across the province. Nature observation, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and much more await you. The choice is yours!

Directory of regional/municipal parks

Parc du Mont-Royal © TQ/D.Lafond
Parc régional des Sept-Chutes © Tourisme Lanaudière/J.Vigneux
Parc régional de la Forêt 0uareau © Tourisme Lanaudière/M-0. Guilbautt