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posted on September 30, 2021

As the largest province by land mass, Québec embodies some of the most diverse landscapes and wildlife in Canada. From the breathtaking coastlines and vistas of the Gaspésie Peninsula to the peaks of the Laurentians, a road trip through Québec reveals firsthand why it deserves the name “la belle province.” 

A Québec provincial park camping experience is a fantastic way to take in the fresh air and explore some of the best destinations in Canada for canoeing, camping, hiking, and cross-country skiing — many just a short drive from major cities.

Here are our top picks for the best provincial and national parks near Montreal and Québec City:

Map of Quebec parks

Whether you’re a lifelong nature lover or simply want to break out of your comfort zone, visiting Québec’s parks is certain to satisfy your wanderlust. Many offer year-round activities and accommodation, so there’s no need to wait until summer to plan the perfect visit.

Best national and provincial parks in Québec

Mont-Tremblant

As the largest protected area in Québec, Mont-Tremblant offers an indulgent escape into the heart of nature, boasting an impressive variety of wildlife as well as lakes, rivers, and of course stunning mountains. The peak that gives the park its name is one of the highest in the Laurentians, making it one of the best national parks near Montreal for skiing and snowboarding in the winter. In the summertime, the 12 km paddle down the Diable River is a paradise for canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts. The park has also garnered a reputation as one of the best camping sites in Québec, with both traditional tent camping and year-round yurts available.

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours

Distance from Québec City: approx. 4 hours

Entrance fee: $9.00

Other details: Parking is available inside the park for a fee. Park stores and food services are available inside the park, as well as other shops and restaurants within 20 km. Tent camping, oTENTik camping, yurts, and cubic Étoile accommodations are available from April to October, as well as chalets in the winter season. Childcare accessories are available to borrow, and dogs are allowed in select areas.

Grands-Jardins

A true treasure of the Charlevoix region, Grands-Jardin is a rugged outdoor playground where tundra meets boreal forest. It’s a unique taste of northern Québec, just 90 minutes from Québec City. As part of the Charlevoix Biosphere Reserve, the park is bursting with fascinating wildlife including moose, black bear, grey wolf, lynx, and woodland caribou. It is also considered one of the best national parks in Québec for fishing, a favourite of anglers from near and far for over 100 years.

Distance from Montreal: 4 hours 15 minutes

Distance from Québec City: 1.5 hours

Entrance fee: $9.00

Other details: Parking is available inside the park for a fee. Food is available at the park’s service centres, and local accommodation and catering options abound throughout the Charlevoix region. Tent camping, oTENTik camping, and chalets are available to book from April to October, as well as winter accommodation in the off season. Childcare accessories are available to borrow, and dogs are allowed in select areas.

La Mauricie

Another of our favourite Québec national parks near Montreal, La Mauricie is situated roughly halfway between the vibrant metropolis and the capital of Québec City, making it a perfect option for a detour or day trip. Known for its waterfalls and scenic hiking trails in the spring and summer, the park is even more breathtaking in the cooler months, with a reputation for brilliant autumn foliage as well as enchanting winter scenery and excursions such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Activities for all skill levels, plus a children’s playground and entertainment offerings make this park an ideal destination for a family road trip.

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours 45 minutes

Distance from Québec City: 2 hours 15 minutes

Entrance fee: $7.90

Other details: Parking is available in campsites and designated areas with a valid park permit within La Mauricie, and electric car charging is also available. There are restaurants and park stores on site for food and essentials. The park offers year-round camping experiences, as well as accommodation at the prestigious Wabenaki-Andrew Estate. Pets are allowed in selected areas.

Oka

A popular day trip for families, this Montreal national park is a haven of history located less than an hour outside the city and features events including outdoor cinema nights and themed weekends. Enjoy hiking and cycling trails, swimming and picnic spots by the beach, or explore Grand Baie Marsh by kayak or canoe, keeping an eye out for wildlife. A hike to the three chapels of Calvaire d’Oka is a must-do during your visit for the breathtaking view of Lac des Deux Montagnes from the trail. Tempted to stay the night? Oka is also a perfect example of cosy and scenic Québec camping sites. 

Distance from Montreal: 50 minutes

Distance from Québec City: 3 hours

Entrance fee: $9.00

Other details: Parking is available inside the park for a fee. Food, ice cream, and snack bars are available lakeside. Childcare accessories are available to borrow, and dogs are allowed in select areas. Tent camping, oTENTik camping, and cubic Étoile accommodations are available from April to October, and trails remain open in the winter for hiking, fatbike excursions, and cross-country skiing.

Jacques-Cartier

Of all the national parks near Québec City, Jacques-Cartier is one of the most convenient to visit, located less than an hour away. Carved by glacial waters, the park’s valley defines the landscape and offers adventurous year-round activities, from rock climbing to canoeing and kayaking excursions on the river. Be inspired by the magnificent Laurentian massif and take advantage of abundant hiking trails to make the most of your Québec City national park getaway.

Distance from Montreal: 3.5 hours

Distance from Québec City: 45 minutes

Entrance fee: $9.00

Other details: Parking is available inside the park for a fee. Ready-to-eat food options are offered through the park’s general store. Tent camping, oTENTik camping, yurts, and chalets are available to book from April to October. Childcare accessories are available to borrow, and dogs are allowed in select areas.

Fjord-du-Saguenay

Step aside, Scandinavia. Shaped by ancient glaciers, the fjord at the heart of this national park promises jaw-dropping views of nature at its grandest. Delve into this spectacular and unique landscape with activities ranging from stargazing to mountain biking. Don’t forget to head to Tadoussac and complete your visit with some of the best whale watching in the province.

Distance from Montreal: approx. 6 hours

Distance from Québec City: 3.5 hours

Entrance fee: $9.00 

Other details: Parking is available inside the park for a fee. There are two snack bars located at visitors centers, with a wider variety of food, shops, and restaurants available in the city of Saguenay. Tent camping, oTENTik, and cabin accommodations are available from April to October. Childcare accessories are available to borrow, and dogs are allowed in select areas during the regular season.

Haute-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie

Named for the glacial valleys that cut through some of the highest mountains east of the Rockies, this park is found at the heart of the Charlevoix Biosphere Reserve. One of the best provincial parks in Québec for observing wildlife and plant life, its beauty is best enjoyed up close by canoe, kayak, or on one of the hiking trails or rock-climbing routes in spring and summer. In the winter, try a dog-sledding expedition, ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or even ice climbing for an unforgettable winter adventure.

Distance from Montreal: approx. 5 hours

Distance from Québec City: 2 hours

Entrance fee: $9.00

Other details: Parking is available inside the park for a fee. Head to the La Draveur service centre for local Charlevoix specialities like smoked meat, cheese, and beer. Tent camping, oTENTik camping, and cubic Étoile accommodations are available from April to October, as well as chalets in the winter. Childcare accessories are available to borrow, and dogs are allowed in select areas. 

Gaspésie

Driving the Gaspé Peninsula is the trip of a lifetime, and Gaspésie is among the national parks that make it so. This destination has a reputation as one of the best parks in Québec for hiking and is home to the only herd of woodland caribou south of the St. Lawrence River. Enjoy all-season camping, observe the diverse and abundant wildlife, and explore the hiker’s paradise of mountainous trails to experience what makes this region so magical.

Distance from Montreal: 8 hours

Distance from Québec City: 5 hours 50 minutes

Entrance fee: $9.00

Other details: Parking is available inside the park for a fee. Head to the Discovery Centre for sandwiches and other small bites, or grab a take-out lunch box from the Gîte du Mont-Albert. Tent camping, oTENTik camping, and cubic Étoile accommodations are available from April to October, as well as chalets in the winter. Childcare accessories are available to borrow, and dogs are allowed in select areas. 

Forillon

Another mandatory stop on the Gaspésie Tour, Forillon sits at the tip of the peninsula and was fittingly dubbed “where the land ends” by the Mi’kmaq. Humpback whales frequent the waters off the park’s spectacular coastline, and unique outdoor activities and excursions abound — from kite surfing to snorkelling with seals! Situated nearly at the easternmost point of the peninsula, Forillon is an unbeatable vantage point to watch the sun rise. Climbing to the lookout of Cap-Bon-Ami in the early hours before dawn is well worth the effort to witness the magic of the light breaking over the horizon.

Distance from Montreal: approx. 10 hours

Distance from Québec City: approx. 8 hours

Entrance fee: $7.90 high season, $5.70 shoulder

Other details: Parking is available in campsites and designated areas with a valid park permit within Forillon, and electric car charging is also available. Groceries and restaurants can be found in local towns along the coast. The park offers unique, diversified camping experiences including oTENTik, micrOcube, and Ôasis accommodations, as well as traditional frontcountry and backcountry camping. The park is open year-round with designated winter campgrounds. Pets are allowed in selected areas.

Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé

Perched at the easternmost tip of the Gaspé Peninsula, Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé is iconic when it comes to Québec provincial parks tourism. With the famous Percé Rock rising out of the sea and northern gannets flocking overhead, the park paints a stunning coastal scene worthy of a postcard. To make the most out of your visit, explore the island trails or get an up-close look at diverse flora and fauna with a guided boat cruise or an underwater diving excursion.

Distance from Montreal: 10 hours 40 mins

Distance from Québec City: 8.5 hours

Entrance fee: $9.00

Other details: Parking is available inside the park for a fee. A service point and snack bar is located by the gannet colony if you’re in need of a quick bite, and the Resto des Margaulx offers a maritime-style menu. Although there is no accommodation available within the park, there are many local hotels, B&Bs, and campsites nearby. Childcare accessories are available to borrow, and dogs are allowed in select areas. 

Whether you’re taking on mountain roads or cruising the coastline, Turo has you covered with the perfect car for your adventures through Québec’s provincial and national parks. Our hosts offer perks such as bike racks, ski racks, camping gear, and park passes for a smooth experience, as well as pet-friendly vehicles for a stress-free trip with your cat or dog.

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