5 unique places to see in Quebec
Do you dream of the great outdoors and places full of history and discovery? Let yourself be tempted by a short trip full of culture and beauty in the heart of Quebec.
To accompany you during this adventure, we suggest 5 unique places to discover in Quebec.
1. Bic National Park
Bic National Park is a truly unique place. Located in the maritime estuary of the St. Lawrence River, the park is home to a variety of landscapes, including capes, bays, coves, islands and mountains.
The atmosphere of the park is relaxing and peaceful, to see a wide variety of wildlife, including seabirds, rare plants and seals. You can also observe exceptional sunsets, climb Champlain Peak or, if you venture out in winter, enjoy a “snowmobile” cottage for rent in Bic for winter activities.
Visitors to the park can enjoy a number of activities, including hiking, camping, fishing and kayaking. Whether you are looking for from a peaceful getaway to an adventurous experience, Bic National Park is sure to have something for everyone.
2. Gates of Hell Canyon, Lower St. Lawrence
Still in the Lower St. Lawrence Estuary, the Canyon des portes de l’Enfer offers nearly 5 kilometers of steep, uneven walls. 35 km south of Rimouski, you can venture on a network of 1 to 20 km of hiking trails, to observe unique panoramas and access the highest suspended footbridge in Quebec.
Then, experience the true descent into hell with a 300 step staircase to reach the Rimouski river.
A real family event, you can also enjoy a night hike. Discover the “mystical legend of the stranger of the gates of Hell” and let yourself be guided through a fantastic world, in the middle of a natural and authentic show. You will also be able to admire the illuminated Grand Sault Falls.
3. Kuururjuaq Park, Northern Quebec
For thousands of years, the Torngat Mountains have been a place of mystery and reverence for the Inuit people. Today, Kuururjuaq National Park offers visitors the opportunity to discover this unique land for themselves. With its towering peaks and pristine rivers, the park is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in eastern Canada.
But it’s not just a beautiful place; the Torngat Mountains are said to be inhabited by spirits, and many believe that the area is infused with mystical energy.
So whether you come to hike the trails, fish in the rivers or just soak up the atmosphere, a visit to Kuururjuaq National Park is sure to leave you with a sense of wonder and awe.
4. Matapedia Valley, Gaspésie
As one of the 5 natural regions of the Gaspé Peninsula, the valley is home to a diverse set of landscapes and ecosystems. From its mountains, which are part of the Appalachian chain, to its vast forests and pristine lakes and rivers, the Matapedia Valley is truly a nature lover’s paradise. You can also fish or swim with salmon.
But the valley is also rich in human history, with many ancestral homes, churches, historic sites and covered bridges dotting the landscape. Today, there is only one community of a few thousand Amerindian descendants left, grouped in isolated reserves. The name Matapedia means “the place where the rivers meet” in the Micmac language. Whether you’re looking to commune with nature or explore the history of Quebec’s First Nations, the Matapedia Valley is well worth a visit.
5. The Montmorency Falls
Nestled in the heart of Quebec, Montmorency Falls is one of the province’s most iconic sites. With an impressive height of 83 meters, the waterfalls are higher than Niagara Falls of several tens of meters.
Visitors can take a cable car to the top of the falls for breathtaking views, or hike to the top on the 487-step staircase. For those who are not afraid of heights, there is also a suspended footbridge that leads to even more spectacular views.
No matter how you choose to experience it, Montmorency Falls is sure to leave a lasting impression. The most daring will even be tempted by the Tyrolean traverse !