Everybody knows that summer days are amazing. But summer nights with starry skies are magical in their own right, and there are some absolutely fantastic places to see stars in Quebec. So, you can experience the true meaning of "star light, star bright" right here in the province.
Anybody who has ever seen a starry sky knows that it seems like the stars go on forever. Did you know that even at its most conservative estimate, there are at least 10 billion trillion stars in the universe?
Now, I may be able to actually picture what 10 billion trillion stars look like, but I know it's a lot.
And as much as we love our city, the reality is that being in a big city like Montreal means that there's too much light pollution to get the most of the stars.
The good news is that there is an abundance of spots in Quebec with a perfect view of the night sky.
In fact, according to TravelZoo, Quebec has some of the best stargazing spots in the world.
While there may not be quite 10 billion trillion spots, here are seven to get you started.
Parc national du Mont-Mégantic
Where: 189, Route du Parc, Notre-Dame-des-Bois, QC
Distance from Montreal: 2 hours and 25 minutes
One of the most sought-after stargazing destinations in Canada and in the world, Mont-Mégatic is part of the International Dark Sky Association, dedicated to eliminating light pollution and illuminate the sky with stars.
There's even the ASTROlab, where you can learn more about astronomy, or you can make your own discoveries throughout the park.
Au Diable Vert has some absolutely amazing activities in the day, but stick around until nightfall and you definitely will not be disappointed.
It's a great place to see a meteor shower, like the Perseids in August. Or check out the ObervÉtoiles, the world's first open air augmented reality planetarium, in partnership with National Geographic.
Parc National des Grands-Jardins is a great choice for viewing the Perseids and stars in general. It's also home to one of the main regions of the Charlevoix Biosphere Reserve, which is recognized by UNESCO.
Now that the government has reopened campsites, it's the perfect time to head to Pipolis campsite. Found on the shores of Lac-Mégantic in Pipolis Bay, this is one of the most popular campsites in southern Quebec.