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National Parks and Wildlife Reserves

Gaspésie National Park ©Mathieu Dupuis/Sépaq
Photo: Gaspésie National Park ©Mathieu Dupuis/Sépaq
Ten national parks and five wildlife reserves await nature lovers in Québec maritime. The main attractions include: the sea, the Saguenay Fjord, wildlife of all kinds, some of the highest mountains in the province of Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lots of activities and breathtaking scenery. Get your fill of nature here!
National Parks and Wildlife Reserves Packages
Night in a Yurt

Night in a Yurt

Bic National Park

Starting from $137.00
for 4 people, taxes and park entrance fees not included Valid all year
“Ready-to-Camp” Huttopia Tent Package (Gaspésie National Park)

“Ready-to-Camp” Huttopia Tent Package (Gaspésie National Park)

Gaspésie National Park

Starting from $99.00
per night, in low season,* taxes and park entrance fees not included Valid from June 20, 2014 to October 4, 2014
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National Parks and Wildlife Reserves Road Trip Ideas

Bird Watching in Bas-Saint-Laurent

Bas-Saint-Laurent is home to hundreds of species of birds. Here are a few of the region’s most popular bird-watching sites.

Bird Watching in Gaspésie

Gaspésie is home to hundreds of species of birds. Here are a few of the region’s most popular bird-watching sites.
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Testimonials about National Parks and Wildlife Reserves
  • August 2011
    Percé
    "I went there in May, which it was still cold, but after the long drive when it got there it was all worth it, a truly unforgetable experience :) Everybody should go at least once in their life." Read more »
  • Life and Nothing But
    "We are lucky that Bonaventure Island is home to the largest and most accessible northern gannet colony in the world..." Read more »
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Highlights
  • Chic-Chocs Wildlife Reserve

    Whether you are interested in hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding in the mountains or observing bears and moose in their natural habitat, the Chic-Chocs Wildlife Reserve is guaranteed to fill you with wonder!
  • Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé National Park

    Île-Bonaventure-et-Rocher-Percé National Park protects a very rich cultural, historic and natural heritage. Come and discover majestic Percé Rock along with Bonaventure Island and its impressive colony of northern gannets!
  • Bic National Park

    Bic National Park was created in 1984 to protect and showcase a representative segment of the ecosystems found along the south shore of the St. Lawrence Estuary. It is a coastal marine park that protects unique flora and fauna.
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Lighthouse Trail

Île Verte Lighthouse
Built on an island in 1809, the Île Verte Lighthouse was Québec’s first. Learn about the history of this lighthouse and the evolution of its light and sound systems. While you’re at it, you might even see a few belugas. You can spend the night in the lighthouse keeper’s home or the assistant keeper’s home, which have been converted into bed and breakfasts.
Photo: Pietro Canali
Petite île au Marteau Lighthouse
Located in the heart of the Mingan archipelago, the Petite île au Marteau Lighthouse lets you relive the era of lighthouse keepers of old. For a truly unforgettable experience, take part in a guided hike at night by the light of the capailloux lanterns (perforated metal containers with candles inside).
Photo: Nelson Boisvert
Cap-des-Rosiers Lighthouse
Built over 150 years ago, the Cap-des-Rosiers Lighthouse is the tallest in Canada. Climb to the top of the lighthouse in the company of a guide and learn about its history and workings.
Photo: Pietro Canali
Pointe-des-Monts Lighthouse
Visit the oldest lighthouse on the north shore of the St. Lawrence. Explore a seven-storey exhibit on the lives of the lighthouse keepers who operated it from 1830 to 1964. Four comfortable rooms are available in the keeper’s home, including a restaurant.
Photo: Pierre Rambaud / Le Cyclope
Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse
Recognized as a national historic site, this lighthouse is the second tallest in Canada. Climb its 128 steps to a unique view of the St. Lawrence. You will learn about the sinking of the Empress of Ireland and visit the submarine Onondaga.
Photo: Pietro Canali
L’Anse-à-la-Cabane Lighthouse
Built by the Government of Canada between 1870 and 1874, the Anse-à-la-Cabane Lighthouse served as a beacon to sailors and fishermen as they approached the Îles de la Madeleine. Still in operation today, the lighthouse is fully computerized.
Photo: Michel Bonato / Tourisme Îles de la Madeleine
La Martre Lighthouse
Still in operation, the La Martre Lighthouse has a unique wooden structure, and the original timing system controls the rotation of the light. The Musée des phares located nearby explains the evolution of the lighting systems as well as the operation and the important role of Québec lighthouses.
Photo: Pietro Canali

Bon-Désir Lighthouse
Located in the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park, the Bon-Désir Lighthouse is one of the youngest lighthouses along the St. Lawrence. The site offers various interpretation activities and is perfect for observing marine mammals from dry land.
Photo: Marc Loiselle / Tourisme Manicouagan
Pot à l’Eau-de-Vie Lighthouse
This unique lighthouse has been designated as a national historic monument. Take a guided tour and discover the surprising history of the small archipelago on which the lighthouse is located. The lighthouse was restored by the Société Duvetnor in 1989, which rents out rooms with a view of the sea.
Photo: Pietro Canali
Pointe à la Renommée Lighthouse
After spending 20 years in the port of Québec City, this lighthouse was brought home to its original location in 1997, making it the most travelled lighthouse in the world! The lighthouse sits on the site of the first maritime radio station in North America. It is home to two exhibits dedicated to radio operators and lighthouse keepers.
Photo: Jean-Pierre Huard
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National Parks and Wildlife Reserves Photos
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  • Quarry Island, Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada
  • Petite Île au Marteau Lighthouse in the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada
  • Picnic in Forillon National Park of Canada, Cap Bon-Ami area
  • Kayakers in the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada
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