The Explorers’ Route

This nine-day tour of the Laurentians, Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Outaouais will transport you back in time and immerse you in the wide-open spaces of western Québec. Thrill seekers will also find plenty of excitement, out on the water, up in the air and on the ground!

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Suggested itinerary

  • Day 1: Adventure in the great outdoors
    Lac-Supérieur and Val-des-Lacs

    Hit the trails in the Lac-Supérieur sector of Parc national du Mont-Tremblant and spend the night in a cozy cottage.

    Next, enjoy an authentic adventure at the Indigenous-inspired Kanatha-Aki site: a horseback ride followed by an encounter with a herd of wood bison.

  • Day 2: Earth and sky
    Hautes-Laurentides

    Take off in an Air Mont-Laurier seaplane to admire Parc régional Kiamika or réservoir Baskatong from above. You’ll land at Aventures Kiamika for a paddling expedition on the réservoir Kiamika. Keep an eye out for bald eagles!

  • Day 3: From the mountaintop to a cozy inn
    Hautes-Laurentides

    Climb to the Paroi de l’Aube for breathtaking views of the Parc régional Montagne du Diable. You’ll stay in a fully equipped lodging—either a forest inn or a unique transparent bubble—and choose from a variety of activities: fishing, kayaking, swimming, ATVing and more.

  • Day 4: A mine and the gold standard in wildlife rescue!
    Val d’Or and Amos

    Descend 91 metres underground to explore the mineshafts at Cité de l’Or and learn about the daily life of the miners of the past.

    In the afternoon, say hello to a moose, wolf, fox or bear at the Refuge Pageau, which takes in and cares for injured or orphaned wild animals.

  • Day 5: A journey through nature and time
    Rouyn-Noranda

    Cross a bridge suspended 90 metres in the air, climb a dizzying staircase to the top of the escarpment, ascend a peak or paddle a canoe at the Parc national d’Aiguebelle. Next, take a trip back in time at the Magasin général Dumulon – 1924 heritage site. Its collection of historical artifacts will let you experience life in the 1920s.

  • Day 6: Trapping and trekking
    Ville-Marie and Laniel

    Visit the Fort Témiscamingue National Historic Site to learn about the rivalry between French and English settlers for control of the fur trade.

    At Parc national d’Opémican, paddle lac Kipawa, camp atop a rocky outcrop and gather around a campfire to listen to Anishinaabeg legends.

  • Day 7: Calling all thrill seekers
    Bryson and Mansfield

    Rafting Momentum lets you take on Class 3 to 5 rapids on the rivière des Outaouais, the largest river in Québec.

    For even more of an adrenaline rush, visit Chutes Coulonge Park. Their hiking, tree-top obstacle course, zip lines and Via Ferrata will have your heart racing.

  • Day 8: A rich natural and cultural heritage
    Gatineau and Chelsea

    Visit the Canadian Museum of History to explore the nation’s rich cultural heritage and learn how it came to be.

    Next, do some camping, climbing, hiking, kayaking and/or fishing at Gatineau Park. The park is also home to the Mackenzie King Estate, a belvedere and a cave.

  • Day 9: Safari and castle living
    Montebello

    Head out on a safari at Omega Park to observe wild animals in their natural habitat: bison, elk, bears, deer, boars, wolves and more! Finally, cap off your tour either by spending the night with the wolves and bears at the park or staying at the luxurious Fairmont Château Montebello, the world’s largest log cabin!