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Experiences to Discover in Quebec

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Simply Breathtaking

From Forillon to the Mauricie, and the Saguenay to the Mingan Archipelago, Parks Canada sites are your invitation to adventure. Experience breathtaking landscapes, stunning panoramas, bountiful flora and fauna and, above all, countless unforgettable moments that will be forever etched in your memory. You'll be smitten.

Biologist-divers © Parks Canada / F. Di Domenico

Live from Beneath the St. Lawrence

Get ready for a unique underwater experience at the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park. On a giant screen, follow biologist-divers equipped with a camera. You'll see anemones, starfish and other marine organisms. Take the plunge at one of the most beautiful diving sites in North America.
Other activities at Marine Environment Discovery Center


Whale Watching at Cap-de-Bon-Désir © Parks Canada / J.-L. Provencher

Whale Watching at Cap-de-Bon-Désir

From the rocks at Cap-de-Bon-Désir, you can observe more than 13 species of whales, including the threatened St. Lawrence beluga. There, right in front of you, you could even see a blue whale, the largest marine mammal that has ever existed on the planet. Enjoy a timeless moment and guaranteed thrills.
Other activities at Cap-de-Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Center


Hike to the Mont Saint-Alban Tower © Parks Canada / S. Ouellet

Hike to the Mont Saint-Alban Tower

You're 283 metres high. From here, you can see the Cap-des-Rosiers lighthouse—Canada's tallest—as well as the Bay of Gaspé, the Forillon Peninsula and Percé Rock. Here you can better imagine the history of the ancient ocean whose bottom rose up to create the Appalachian Mountains. Admire the boundless beauty!
Other activities at Forillon National Park


Feel the Mingan Island Rhythm! © Parks Canada / J. Pleau

Feel the Mingan Island Rhythm!

Do you daydream about clean salt air and getting away to a peaceful place of mesmerizing beauty? That's what the Mingan Islands have in store for you. On your walks, you'll find intriguing natural sculptures. Discover unspoiled nature in this remarkable spot that's perfect for meditating. Stay a night on an island in the new oTENTik tent and experience some unforgettable moments.
Other activities at Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve


Cross-Country Skiing in La Mauricie National Park © Parks Canada / Michel Julien

Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, and Nordic Walking

Get your fill of winter fun and discover a new side of La Mauricie National Park. Explore the extensive 136 km network of marked and groomed cross country ski and snowshoeing trails.
You'll be swept away by the magic of the wintery surroundings. Nordic walkers are welcome!
Other activities at La Mauricie National Park


Live what is Real

Do you like active challenges, amazing adventures and taste experiences? At Parks Canada sites in Quebec, all your senses come into play. Here, your dexterity and creativity will be needed. There, your eyes will be dazzled and your taste buds titillated. Get in on the action and make the most of these authentic experiences.


From Hero to Superhero © Parks Canada / Miguel Legault

From Hero to Superhero

Wanted: families of heroes and superheroes! Contribute your talents and strengths in this amusing family challenge! The captain of the HMS Confiance, the largest ship to have navigated on the Richelieu in 1814, needs you in order to recover lost ship plans. Be prepared to move and to be challenged: we have plenty of action in store for you! Children are invited to dress up in costumes modelled after their favourite superhero. July 27-28, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Other activities at Fort Lennox National Historic Site


Coteau-du-Lac Country Market © Parks Canada / K. La Flèche

Coteau-du-Lac Country Market

Early every summer Saturday morning on the Coteau-du-Lac site, local producers offer up a bouquet of aromas and flavours. Meet people who are passionate about food, and stock up on local products, including bread, meat, cheese and freshly picked vegetables. Also on the menu: tastings and entertainment. Satisfy your epicurean impulses!
Other activities at Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site


Sundays at the Manoir © Parks Canada

Sundays at the Manoir

In the hushed atmosphere of the manor house or out on the sun-drenched lawns, enjoy unique and surprising experiences on the estate where Louis-Joseph Papineau wiled away his retirement. Plunge into the life of a 19th century seigneurial manor with its comings and goings of tenant farmers and its afternoons of study so dear to Papineau's heart. This is Sunday on the estate!
Other activities at Manoir Papineau National Historic Site


Explore the Saint Louis Forts and Château © Parks Canada / M. Dupuis

Explore the Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux

Step backward in time into the high society lives of the French and English governors. Through cutting-edge technology, discover the story of a place where so many important decisions in North American history were made.
Other activities at Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site


Nature interpretation activity © Parks Canada

Mission Aquanaute

A treasure hidden beneath the waves... follow the clues and some sea creatures will help you discover an astonishing underwater world and become an Aquanaute.
Other activities at Forillon National Park


Returning to your Roots

Visit the quarantine island in the shoes of an immigrant, celebrate Christmas Victorian style, discover historical remains by bicycle, get a taste of the lives of colonial soldiers, treat yourself to an unforgettable camping experience, and much more. In Quebec, Parks Canada sites provide a myriad of ways to go back in time and unique opportunities to trace your history back to your roots.


Grosse Île : Culture and Nature! © Parks Canada / M. Dupuis

Grosse Île: Culture and Nature!

Travel through time. Experience a St. Lawrence cruise and drop anchor at Grosse Île. History buffs will be fascinated by the guided tours, exhibitions, hospital sector, and the old houses of the village. Nature lovers can explore a century-old forest and discover a remarkable archipelago. On your own or with family or friends, let the peaceful beauty and solemnity of Grosse Île work its magic and cast its spell.
Other activities at Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site


Chambly Canal : Archaeology by Bike © Parks Canada

Chambly Canal : Archaeology by Bike

Alone or with family or friends, enjoy a 20-kilometre bike ride along the former Chambly Canal towpath. Pick up an explorer's kit and visit the intriguing remains of Fort Sainte-Thérèse and the Fryer dam. Travel back to a time when imposing barges travelled the canal.
Other activities at Chambly Canal National Historic Site


Evening group tour at Fort Chambly National Historic Site © Parks Canada

Halloween at Fort Chambly


A family event rich in thrills and chills! See the fort transformed into a real live theatre, eerily cloaked in a thick fog! Join us October 26, 2013 for this special event!
Other activities at Fort Chambly National Historic Site


Fortifications of Québec © M.Dupuis

Fortifications of Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site


There is nothing like a stroll to discover a city and relive the major moments of its history. In Québec, the walls have many tales to tell. Accompanied by a guide-interpreter, travel through four centuries of adventure while admiring the remarkable cityscapes and architecture of historic Old Québec.
Other activities at Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site


Family bike ride © Parks Canada

In the Footsteps of the Battle of the Châteauguay


Commemorate with us the 200th anniversary of the Battle of the Châteauguay. Travel the 14-kilometre battlefield route by bike or car. Relive the history of this armed attack, which occurred October 26, 1813, and retrace the main positions of Canadian and American troops on the ground, along the Châteauguay River.
Other activities at Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Site