OUTDOORS AND QUEBEC: WORDS THAT GO HAND IN HAND
Are you active and plan to spend your vacation in Quebec? Our ambassador Késia has 5 suggestions of magnificent places to visit where outdoor activities are in the spotlight!
All traveling souls will agree that there are many places on Earth where you can enjoy outdoor activities to the fullest. We tend to forget that, in our beautiful province, there are beautiful places to get away from it all, to overcome our fears, to have fun with our families or simply to play outside. That's why I decided to share with you some of the spots I ventured to during the summer season, which I think are worth mentioning.
1 – SACACOMIE LAKE
Located in the municipality of Saint-Alexis-des-Monts (Mauricie region), the Sacacomie lake is the perfect place to combine relaxation and outdoor activities. Whether by canoe, kayak, pedal boat, boat or on a paddle board, the lake is so splendid to explore that it is recognized, among other things, to hold the title of one of the clearest waters in Quebec. It is therefore possible to go scuba diving. For hiking enthusiasts, 65 kilometers of forest trails have been created. The site also includes a belvedere and rest areas. After moving around and breathing fresh air, head for the Sacacomie Hotel. This hotel is a small paradise perched on top of a mountain, where it is possible to relax in the GEOS SPA, while marvelling at a 180-degree view of the lake. In the winter, a lighted outdoor skating rink is set up to enhance the outdoor experience.
For more information: sacacomie.com
2 – MONT-HAM REGIONAL PARK
At 713 meters high, Mount-Ham is probably the most popular site in the regional park. Hikers come here in both summer and winter to hike this intermediate level mountain. Several trails (identified by colors) are accessible. However, some present some technical challenges, such as the need to cling to ropes to reach your ascent or descent goal. The view once at the summit is really splendid! For the more adventurous people, it is possible for a group to sleep at the summit by booking on the Mont-Ham Regional Park's website. All that's left to do is bring your camping equipment, a little willpower, two days off and that's it! If sleeping at the summit is not in your plans, try the typical Native accommodations (Abenaki) at the base of the mountain.
For more information: montham.ca
3 – HAUTES-GORGES-DE-LA-RIVIÈRE-MALBAIE NATIONAL PARK
Charlevoix is one of the regions of Quebec where the outdoors is greatly appreciated, because it exhibits a series of amazing landscapes. The Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie National Park is no exception: glacial troughs, hanging valleys, glacial cirques, umbilicals and locks. Despite the fact that the Park is best known for the Acropole-des-draveurs (mountain hiking trails that offer a grandiose panorama), other activities can be enjoyed there: ice climbing, inflatable and regular canoeing, fatbike, kayaking, fishing, biking, rabaska, paddle surfing, discovery cruises in bateau-mouche, skating, etc. The possibilities are endless!
For more information: sepaq.com
4 – MAURICIE NATIONAL PARK
This park, is tattooed on my heart - I walk it every year. Whether it's to say hello to beavers by taking a river walk to Weber Falls or to go canoe-camping, this park doesn't disappoint. On the contrary, most people take the experience one step further by testing OTENTIK tents as accommodations and spend the day swimming at Weber Falls. The park provides access to 536 km of lakes and forests. Several lookouts are located throughout the park for different view perspectives.
For more information: pc.gc.ca/mauricie
5 – MOUNT GOSFORD
The highest peak in the south of the province of Quebec is Mount Gosford, with its 1,193 meters of altitude and its breathtaking view of the Canada-U.S. border. In fact, it's the 7th highest peak in Quebec, so for that reason alone, it's literally worth investing a day of your life to climb it. As a bonus, it is possible to venture there with your pet (on a leash only). Another option is to discover astronomy since the ASTROLab, the International Dark Sky Reserve, is located at the top of the mountain. A few nights a year, the observatory's telescope is accessible to the general public.
I hope that this travel blogpost will inspire you to make some getaways in Quebec soon. If you want to know more about me, get more travel tips, read suggestions of places to visit or things to do in a specific destination, don't hesitate to visit my travel blog (kesiavoyageboheme.com). You can also follow me on my social networks if you feel like it. Have a nice trip!