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.

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Au Diable Vert

Where: 169, Chemin Staines, Glen Sutton, QC

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour and 35 minutes

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.

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Parc National des Grands-Jardins

Where: 21 QC-381, Saint-Urbain, QC

Distance from Montreal: 4 hours and 5 minutes

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.

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Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier

Where: 103 Chemin du Parc-National, Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury, QC

Distance from Montreal: 3 hours and 5 minutes

With one of the most exquisite glacial valleys in the province, This is one of our most beautiful parks. But look up in the sky and you'll see that the beauty here is absolutely infinite.

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Observatoire du Mont Cosmos

Where: 750 Rang du Haut-Sainte-Anne, Saint-Elzéar, QC

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours and 50 minutes

The views of the Appalachians and the St. Lawrence Valley are the pride and joy of Mont Cosmos, but by night, the starry skies take the prize.

Come see Université Laval's observatory to learn more about astronomy or head outside and see what you can find with the naked eye.

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Camping de Piopolis

Where: 109, chemin de la Plage, Pipolis, QC

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours and 40 minutes

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.

Be sure to book ahead to ensure your spot!

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The Laurentians

Where: Laurentide, QC

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours and 25 minutes

The Laurentians are so diverse and spectacular that the whole region had to be included.

Home to 9,000 lakes and rivers and two national parks, including Mont-Tremblant, the Laurentians offers almost as many places to see the stars as the stars that you'll see.

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Who needs sleep when there are all of these stars to see?

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