Fall is coming sooner than we think, which means it's time to start thinking of plans for crisp October evenings. Add Kiamika Regional Park to the top of your fall bucket list. Located less than 200 kilometres from Montreal, the "well-kept secret" pristine park is an underrated gem with sweeping fall foliage views.
The park encompasses a huge body of water, comprising around ten lakes with forty islands and islets to explore like the picturesque central Île de la Perdix Blanche.
Kayakers are rewarded for their work to get to the islands with sandy beaches and panoramic vistas.
Nature here is immersive. The twists and turns in the shoreline are like an invitation to keep exploring.
Other on-site activities like fishing, walking, and canoeing offer ample opportunities to discover the park's many natural treasures.
The regional park is also the site of conservation efforts due to its precious biodiversity.
The exceptional forest ecosystem — which has been spared from significant "natural disturbances or disruptions from human activities" — is "characterized by an old-growth forest, whose trees are around 175 years old," according to the park website.
Though the park is also a summer paradise, the autumn colours make the landscape come alive.
The foliage is doubled by its reflection in the lakes and streams below.
A 12.6-kilometre hike through the boreal forest of the Île de la Perdix Blanche might be the best way to get to the heart of the natural setting.
Along the way, hikers can take in the "heady scent of wildflowers, contemplate exceptional landscapes and, with a little luck, observe white-tailed deer or bald eagles in their natural habitat."
And, for those who are dying to go camping, it's actually a fairly affordable place to stay.
Prices vary between $30 and $140, depending on the size of the accommodation and selected dates, all of which are indicated on the website.
Kiamika Regional Park
Price: Day parking is $4.35$ for non-residents; camping prices vary by date
Address: Refer to the website for the most reliable directions to each of the park's sections.
Why You Need To Go: For sunset and foliage views just a day trip away from Montreal.
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