After a long, cold winter filled with snowstorms and frostbite we've finally made it to summer and that means no more locking ourselves indoors. I know this winter was tough on all of us but now we've made it through and that's all that matters. Now that the temperature is heating up it's time to get outside and explore what this province has to offer. Luckily, we live in a province that's filled with amazing nature, and with so many national and provincial parks it's easier than ever for us to get out and experience it. Quebec is home to a whopping 24 national parks and 17 provincial parks! That's pretty unreal.
With the amazing weather that's about to come our way what better way to experience the breathtaking nature of Quebec's beautiful parks than camping? And camping is best done on a refreshing, clear blue lake of course. So grab your sleeping bags, tents and BFFs and immerse yourself in the beauty and natural wonders of this province. While you're there don't forget to enjoy the fun activities that almost of these parks have to offer, such as hiking trails, wildlife watching, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, and so much more!
The best thing about it is that most of these breathtaking parks are max 10 hours away from Montreal. This makes them super accessible for us to get to. All you need to do is invite your closest friend with a car, so they can drive you of course, make a bomb roadtrip playlist, grab some snacks from the closest Couche-Tard and you're good to go! Make sure you pack the camping essentials like a hammock, flashlights and don't forget all the trimmings for S'mores and ghost story telling in the evenings. Make the most out of this summer by reconnecting with nature, bonding with your closest friends, and making unforgettable memories.
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1. Mont Tremblant National Park
Distance From Montreal: 1 hour 45 minutes
Average Price of Campsites: $31/night
Mont-Tremblant National Park is a hotspot for campers and it's pretty clear why. This park is filled to the brim with nature. They have 6 great rivers, 400 lakes and tons of streams. They also give you lots of options for camping grounds on all sides of the park, but you'll never be far from a body of water. Take a guided tour, hike to the peaks of the mountains, or rent a canoe for the day and enjoy every second you have in this camping paradise.
For more info: https://www.sepaq.com/pq/mot/index.dot?language_id=1
2. Gatineau Park
Distance From Montreal: 2 hours 15 minutes
Average Price of Campsites: $33.90/night
This beautiful national park has access to three bright blue lakes. Each campsite is filled with ammenities such as picnic tables, fire pits, and some even offer access to laundry and nice showers. This park is perfect if you're looking for a lake with beachfront access and tons of hiking trails.
3. Anticosti National Park
Prices of Campsites: $21/night
Anticosti Island is one of the best campsites in Quebec. While you're camping you'll be surrounded by the sea and some breathtaking cliffs, canyons and caves. Enjoy hiking to the various interpretation sites, salmon fishing or even white-tail deer hunting.
For more info: https://www.sepaq.com/pq/pan/index.dot?language_id=1
4. Frontenac National Park
Distance From Montreal: 2 hours 40 minutes
Price of Campsites: $24-35.75/night
This national park features cute ponds, marshes and a sparkly blue lake perfect for a mid-morning dip. Enjoy the abundant hiking trails, which range from 3-13 km long, canoe and kayak rentals, and fishing and wildlife watching.
For more info: https://www.sepaq.com/pq/fro/index.dot?language_id=1
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1. Grands-Jardins National Park
Distance From Montreal: 4 hours 7 minutes
Prices of Campsites: $24.75-$35.75/night
This national park is known for it's amazing fishing opportunities and it's expansive vegetation. They have tons of fun activities like rock climbing, kayaking and canoeing and expansive hiking trails. Enjoy the magnificent nature and catch your own fish for dinner!
For more info: https://www.sepaq.com/pq/jac/index.dot?language_id=1
2. Jacques-Cartier National Park
Distance From Montreal: 3 hours 6 minutes
Price of Campsites: $24.75-35.75/night
This national park is only 30 minutes from Quebec City and has some breathtaking views of the expansive nature. It's filled with expansive mountainous areas and dips of valleys and rivers in between. Although this park isn't directly on a lake, it has a 550 metre deep trench perfect for canoeing, kayaking and tons of water activities.
For more info: https://www.sepaq.com/pq/jac/index.dot?language_id=1
3. Saguenay-Fjord National Park
Distance From Montreal: 5 hours 20 minutes
Price of Campsites: $24-$30.25/night
The views at this national park will literally take your breath away. They have 3 circuits of hanging bridges attached to the expansive cliffs along the massive fjord. If you're a daring individual who loves heights this activity is the best way to get the most jaw-dropping views. You can also go sailing, sea kayaking and fishing as well.
For more info: https://www.sepaq.com/pq/sag/index.dot?language_id=1
4. Haute Gorges de la Riviere Malbaie National Park
Distance From Montreal: 4 hours 45 minutes
Price of Campsites: $24-$31/night
This national park is filled with deep river valleys contrasted with mountainous peaks, perfect for hiking lovers. Enjoy rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking as well as water activities like boating, canoeing and kayaking.
For more info: https://www.sepaq.com/pq/hgo/?language_id=1
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1. Forillon National Park
Distance From Montreal: 10 hours 17 minutes
Average Price of Campsites: $32/night
Located right on the coast of the Gaspe Peninsula this national park gives you access to sea coast, sand dunes cliffs, and pebbly beaches. There is an abundance of wildlife here so keep your eyes peeled for beavers, porcupines, sea birds, whales and even some moose! Although this campsite is quite the drive from Montreal, you'll get the full outdoor experience here.
2. Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve
Distance From Montreal: 13 hours
Average Price of Campsites: $15.70/night
This national park offers the perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature side. Their main attractions are the giant limestone monoliths which tower over the pebbly beach below and the adorable Atlantic puffins that you can admire in their natural habitats. Pack your bags and commit to the trek because you're going to love it here.
For more info: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/qc/mingan
3. Pointe-Taillon National Park
Distance From Montreal: 6 hours 10 minutes
Prices of Campsites: $24.75/night
Have you ever wanted to sleep right on the beach and wake up to the sounds of the waves crashing at your feet? Well, now you can! This national park has an expansive beachfront that allows you to camp right on the sand. Set up a bonfire, roast some marshmellows and enjoy.
For more info: https://www.sepaq.com/pq/pta/index.dot?language_id=1
4. Lake Temiscouata National Park
Distance From Montreal: 6 hours 7 minutes
Prices of Campsites: $30.25-$38.75
This national park has the classic campsite vibe. You've got a perfect balance of wooded area and crystal clear lakes which gives you the option of so many fun camping activities. You can go boating, hiking, or caneoing and kayaking during your stay!
For more info: https://www.sepaq.com/pq/tem/index.dot?language_id=1