CANOE-CAMPING DESTINATIONS THIS SUMMER
When it’s summer time, I want to live as many experiences in nature as possible. Quebec is full of beautiful places to discover! No need to leave our beautiful province to fully enjoy summer vacation. A few years ago, I discovered canoe-camping and since then, it has been the type of getaway that I want to experience every summer season. Here are two places that I had the chance to discover and that will surely please you if you love to merge with the wilderness.
THE VALLÉE BRAS-DU-NORD
Located in Saint-Raymond, this paradise for outdoor enthusiasts has a lot to offer. You can go on a two-days canoe-camping trip including, of course, a night of wild camping. During this 17.5-kilometer trip on the Bras-du-Nord River, you’ll discover absolutely beautiful landscape while lulled by the sounds of the surrounding forest.
Once you reach the 6th kilometer, it is possible to dock your boat to take a break for a break on land. Then, you have to admire the impressive Delaney Falls, the perfect spot for a picnic. Then, if you want to push your adventure further, I recommend hiking to the belvedere of the refuge Yourte Delaney to get an incredible panorama of the surroundings. Once your tent is up at the edge of the river, it is good to relax on the dock to admire the stars appear one by one. This campsite is totally wild so make sure to bring enough water for your stay. Note that it is not possible to bring your dog on board, but if you only want to go camping, it is possible to bring it with you.
I loved wearing my FIG clothes that kept me comfortable on this adventure.
REGIONAL NATURAL PARK OF PORTNEUF
This time, I bring you near Portneuf, where we find a vast territory of magnificent landscapes. Several options are available to you to take advantage of all that the regional park of Portneuf has to offer! After your canoe-camping day, you have the opportunity to choose between a campsite with complete facilities or to do wild camping, several kilometers away from the 1st option. Since I like challenges, I decided to paddle under the hot summer sun a little longer to get to my destination. On my way, I was able to cross the long lake and take a break on a small beach to eat and admire the surrounding beauty before crossing the Black River.
Once at the campsite, the view was so inspiring that I decided to rock in my hammock before enjoying a comforting meal over a crackling fire. You should know that there is a pump on site to get water. Do not forget to boil it before using it. For those who love to explore Quebec with their dogs, this park welcomes man’s best friend with open arms, whether aboard the canoe or anywhere else in the park!
Luckily, I had my OTH pants to protect me from mosquitoes at the end of the day and to keep me warm at nightfall.
These two locations are easily accessible and offer unforgettable panoramas! Take advantage of Quebec's diversity to discover remote forested places that will lead you to live unique adventures and recharge your batteries.