5 Beautiful places to camp-canoe this summer

Whether it is for a solo or family adventure, Quebec offers 1,001 idyllic places to go canoe-camping. Crossing rapids, quieter adventures on lakes, island hopping, there is everything you need on this vast territory that is la belle province. To help you plan your next getaway, here are 5 national parks and wildlife reserves located throughout the province that will make your heart flutter. 


Jacques-Cartier National Park

Jacques Cartier National Park is a must-see in Quebec. It offers travelers breathtaking landscapes and canoe circuits for all levels of expertise, whether you are looking for a challenge or a smooth encounter with Mother Nature. The most experienced canoeist will be happy to know that it is possible to explore the backcountry and reach the heads of the Jacques-Cartier and Sautauriski rivers. Only 30 minutes from Quebec City, Jacques-Cartier National Park has all the makings of a summer classic.  


Parc naturel régional de Portneuf
 

In addition to canoe-camping, this wildlife reserve offers many activities for the whole family, such as hiking, climbing and hebertism. With its rustic campsites isolated in the woods, the Parc naturel régional de Portneuf is the perfect place to truly disconnect from your day to day life.

La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve

Located between the Outaouais and Abitibi-Témiscamingue regions, the La Vérendrye Wildlife reserve is worth every detour. On a protected territory of 13,615 km2, this beautiful natural reserve offers several canoe circuits that range from 10 to 35 kilometers on lakes or rivers. Suitable for all levels of expertise, you will be charmed by the great beauty of its many landscapes. 

Parc national de la Mauricie 

A true paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, le Parc national de la Mauricie should make your bucket list. Located two hours from Montreal, this park has more than 150 lakes and several types of accommodation. The backcountry is also accessible for the more adventurous. If you are dreaming of a way to completely disconnect with the city and connect with nature, you will be delighted!

Poisson Blanc Regional Park

Have you ever dreamt of camping on a deserted island? At the Poisson Blanc Regional Park, it's possible! Located in Notre-Dame-du-Laus in the Laurentians, this immense 85 km2 reservoir is dotted with over 80 small islands to explore. It’s the perfect place to practice canoeing, kayaking or paddle boarding. For a day or a few days, you will find everything you need to create sweet memories.

Make the most out of this season

For those wishing to learn canoe-camping with some guidance, several tourist adventure companies offer guided stays throughout the province. When it comes to equipment rental, most national parks and wildlife reserves offer great rates and packages. In some places, it is even possible to bring your own boat.

Now you're ready to make the most of summer!