Exploring the varied geographies is a perfect way to experience the natural beauty of Quebec, whose provincial motto is la belle province. Whether you’re keen on backcountry camping or prefer to enjoy nature with some of the creature comforts offered by “glamping,” here are some of the best nature spots in Quebec.
Open year-round, Mont-Tremblant National Park is one of the most popular national parks in Quebec. It is also the second largest provincial park in the province after Kuururjuaq National Park in the far north. Mont-Tremblant comprises six grand rivers and around 400 lakes and streams. For accommodations, there are over 887 sites for all camping styles as well as compact and nature cabins, yurts, and huts.
Home to more than 150 lakes that can be found among the rich forests of conifers and hardwoods, La Mauricie is beautifully located among the Laurentian mountains. Opportunities for hiking, canoeing, and swimming abound during the summer, and in the winter you can go snowshoeing and skiing. If you plan to stay overnight, you can choose from back country camping at Wapizagonke Lake, oTENTik facilities, and sites equipped for group camping.
A stunning and unusual destination on the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Mingan Archipelago encompasses a chain of 40 islands that feature colossal limestone outcroppings. Located in Havre-Saint-Pierre, visitors can go island hopping, whale watching, hiking, boating, and much more. Here, you’ll find 44 camping sites along with two group camping areas. There are also accommodations in the heart of a lighthouse station on Île aux Perroquets.
The densely forested Parc Régional du Massif du Sud offers around 30 campsites equipped with picnic tables and fire pits. There are also a wide range of other accommodations, from cabins and yurts to boreal tents and chalets. The park contains 71 km of hiking trails, and there are different nautical and winter activities to choose from for year-round nature immersion.
Parc national de Frontenac is located on the shores of Grand lac Saint-François, which is the third biggest lake in Quebec south of the St. Lawrence River. Home to more than 200 bird species and over 30 mammal species, visitors can explore the deep woods and myriad lakes, ponds, marshes, and streams. There are opportunities for boating, cycling, and hiking. Accommodations include sites for canoe camping, cabins, and rustic shelters.
Parc national des Monts-Valin is a park offering sweeping panoramic views of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean from as high as 984 metres. Fishing, canoeing, hiking, and backpacking are the best ways to experience this beautiful landscape, which is characterized by the Rivière Valin and the Vallée des Fantômes. In the winter, come for snowshoeing or backcountry skiing. For overnight excursions, there are chalets and a limited number of ready-to-use tents by the lake.
Parc national de la Gaspésie celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2018. The park has come to be most celebrated for the hiking opportunities that it offers, though it was created in 1937 as a way to protect the populations of Gaspésie caribou and Rivière Sainte-Anne salmon, as well as to preserve the surrounding beauty of Mont Albert and the McGerrigle Mountains. Here you can spend the night camping, stay at a chalet, or indulge in a more luxurious sojourn at the Gîte du Mont-Albert.
Named after a series of valleys that cut through a range of high mountains, Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie encompasses some of the highest rock faces to be found east of the Rockies. Characterized by steep slopes, beautiful natural surroundings, and the meandering flow of the Rivière Malbaie. You can come for some semi-serviced camping, rustic camping, or stay in the RV area.
Located in the far west of Quebec in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region, the main draw of Parc national d’Aiguebelle is a 22-metre-high suspended walkway that offers a breathtaking crossing over a gigantic gorge. Covering two watersheds (the basins of Hudson Bay and the Atlantic), there are traces of ancient volcanic activity and several lakes along the fault lines. There are more than 80 lakes in the park, and visitors can stay in cabins (some are year-round) or rustic shelters or otherwise do canoe or kayak camping.