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Best Outdoor Activities in Québec

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Tree House Camping in Quebec

Camping in a tree house is a unique experience. This tree house is located in the Laurentian Mountains, near St. Sauveur.

Camping in a tree house is a unique experience. This tree house is located in the Laurentian Mountains, near St. Sauveur.

Camp in a Tree House

Tree house camping offers a unique lodging solution when exploring the province of Québec. There are many locations to experience this unique lodging option in the province of Québec. The three primary areas to stay in a tree house are Montréal, Québec City, and Tadoussac. Montréal is the most accessible area from the United States, as it is the closest to the border.

Our family has stayed at Chimo Refuges in St. Sauveur, near Montréal for one night. The campground offers a choice of several tree houses and cabins, along with a central kitchen area and fire ring. The reception takes place in a tree house, across a swinging bridge. The owner of the establishment speaks French and English fluently, which made communication easy for our family.

We explored several of the tree house sites and the kids played on the obstacle course in the common area. The toilet/shower house is located near the common area and is clean and easily accessible from the tree houses.

Tree House Camping Locations in Quebec

Wildlife in Canada

Visit a rescued moose at the Ferme 5 Etoile in Sacre Couer, QC.

Visit a rescued moose at the Ferme 5 Etoile in Sacre Couer, QC.

Visit a Canadian Wildlife Park

Parc Omega offers a safari-style exploration of Canadian wildlife. Visitors may drive through the park and hike on trails to view black bears, arctic wolves, caribou, and more. The park sells carrots to feed to the deer along the safari route, allowing for close encounters with friendly wildlife.

The Colonization trail offers a glimpse at an early settler’s trading post and The First Nations trail includes totems made by a Native American artist. The park includes playgrounds, nature trails, and unique accommodation in stilted houses or a trapper’s cabin. Parc Omega is located just north of Montebello, QC.

Take a Nature Safari into the Canadian Wilderness

Kenauk Nature Safari offers wildlife excursions to find bears and other animals in their natural habitat. Like all wildlife viewing, finding a bear is not guaranteed. Kenauk is home to blond bears, a variant of the black bear. Participants must be over the age of 7 and the wildlife adventure lasts 2.5 hours. Kenauk Nature Resort is located north east of Montebello, Québec. The resort offers lodging with a private lake and several tours, including a Land Rover driving experience for adults.

Location of Parc Omega and Kenauk Nature Resort

Visit a Waterfall Taller Than Niagara Falls

Montmorency Falls is 249 feet high, offering a zip line experience along the sheer drop of the thundering water.

Montmorency Falls is 249 feet high, offering a zip line experience along the sheer drop of the thundering water.

Visit Montmorency Falls

Taller than Niagara Falls, this massive waterfall is visible from Highway 40, just north of Québec City. Take a gondola ride to the top and cross the bridge that traverses the top of the waterfall, or climb the stairs for a better view. For the adventurous, there is a zip line that flies past the waterfall.

Along with the via ferrata routes listed below, Montmorency has three separate via ferrata routes in the fault nearby, allowing for excellent views of I Île d'Orléans. Children as young as 8 may participate in the “Explorer” route. The three via ferrata routes take approximately 3 hours to complete.

Via Ferrata Trails Make Climbing Accessible

Steel cable and carabiner harnesses allow almost anyone to scale cliff faces and get a unique view of nature.

Steel cable and carabiner harnesses allow almost anyone to scale cliff faces and get a unique view of nature.

Explore a Via Ferrata

Discover Québec from a different angle, perched along a cliff side or on a mountain top. Via ferrata, or an “iron road,” provides safety and accessibility to unique locations – for people who lack mountaineering skills. A harness outfitted with a double carabiner system attaches to steel cables along the route, preventing falls and allowing anyone to scale a cliff face for an amazing view.

Canyon Sainte-Anne

Allowing participants over the age of ten years old, this via ferrata is an accessible choice for families vising the province of Québec. Tours take between 1 ½ to 4 hours to complete, depending on the selected package. This via ferrata allows trekkers to get close to waterfalls and cross over rivers, offering exciting and beautiful views along the course.

Via Batiscan

A via ferrata suspended over the Batiscan River, this via ferrata offers several different routes with varying levels of difficulty. The excursions last from 1 ½ to 3 ½ hours, depending on the route selected. Participants must be at least 52” tall to participate, and children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. This via ferrata offers two exciting additional adventures: exploring the via ferrata at night using a headlamp, and an extreme via ferrata when the river levels are high. The extreme via ferrata takes climbers through the waves of the rapids. Via Batiscan is located southwest of Québec City.

Via Ferrata du Diable

Located 30 minutes from the Mont Tremblant ski area, this via ferrata has a special family route for families with children ages 8 years and up. The standard beginner course, named “The Excursion,” is appropriate for families with children ages 12 and up. There are more advanced courses for adults which lasts for 5 hours, including a 40 minute walk back to the point of departure. Advanced reservations are required.

Saguenay’s Fjords National Park

This via ferrata is for those ages 12 and over for the beginner route, with higher age requirements as the difficulty level increases. The beginner course includes crossing a 255 foot long suspension bridge, and the “Great Slab” course (ages 14+) includes a 600 foot high vertical wall and takes four hours to complete. The Saguenay River lies in one of the only fjords in North America, and offers beautiful views. Whale watching in Tadoussac is nearby.

Parc des Chutes Coulogne

This is the closest via ferrata to Ottawa, Chutes Coulonge Park is located in Pontiac County. There are three via ferrata courses at this park. The beginner course includes a 100 foot rock climb and crossing one suspension bridge. The intermediate level course includes climbing the via ferrata for a distance of 1350 feet and crossing a suspension bridge. The advanced course includes 2 suspension bridges and climbing 1800 feet along the course.

Via Ferrata Route Locations

Survival Suits on a Zodiac: Looking for Beluga Whales

A marine mammal interpretation center is located near the harbor in Tadoussac. Take a zodiac tour to see the whales in the wild.

A marine mammal interpretation center is located near the harbor in Tadoussac. Take a zodiac tour to see the whales in the wild.

It is possible to get close to whales on a zodiac, outfitted with survival suits for the frigid waters of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

It is possible to get close to whales on a zodiac, outfitted with survival suits for the frigid waters of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

See Beluga Whales in the Wild

Tadoussac is located north of Québec City, where the Saquenay River joins the St. Lawrence Seaway. The merging of warm river water with the cold waters of the St. Lawrence Seaway provide an excellent breeding ground for krill, which draws in several species of whales. The beluga whales live in the area year-round, while the other species tend to migrate into the area in the summer. The weather in Tadoussac may be very chilly, even at the height of summer, so be prepared for all types of weather.

There is a Marine Mammal Interpretation Center in Tadoussac, along with several whale watching trip organizers. Many options exist for seeing the whales – a large whale watching boat, smaller zodiac boats, and kayak tours are available. Tours are offered in French or in French and English.

Our family chose the bilingual option on a zodiac tour. We were outfitted with survival suits, as the waters of the St. Lawrence remain just above freezing in the summer. Our zodiac zipped through the morning fog and we observed belugas, minke, and fin whales in the wild. We were eating a late lunch when the afternoon tour returned, having seen a humpback whale go under their zodiac!

Favorite Activities in Quebec

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What is Your Favorite Activity in Quebec?

Leah Lefler (author) from Western New York on August 19, 2017:

Quebec is absolutely stunning, Peggy. It is one of my favorite places to visit, despite the considerable drive. We can make it to Montreal in less than 8 hours, but Tadoussac is a few hours beyond Quebec City. It is well worth the drive, as there are few places one can witness beluga whales in the wild!

Peggy Woods on August 19, 2017:

Thanks for telling us about some of these entertaining things that can be done in Quebec. I chose hiking in your poll but would also enjoy viewing the wild animals, whales and seeing that tall waterfall.