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Mission and Special Features

Protection, presentation, education
The maritime regions of Québec are home to national parks, wildlife reserves and marine conservation areas administered by the following bodies:
Although their names and missions differ slightly, parks, wildlife reserves and marine conservation areas have similar objectives: to protect, preserve and present Canada’s natural and cultural heritage for the education, recreation and appreciation of present and future generations.
Wildlife reserves
Wildlife reserves allow visitors to hunt and fish under certain conditions. In addition, they offer a wide variety of outdoor activities (mountain biking, canoeing, camping, etc.) that provide visitors with direct contact with nature throughout the year.
National parks
One of the main characteristics of national parks—and some wildlife reserves—is that they offer visitors various interpretive programs as well as guided activities. The purpose of such activities is to enrich visitors’ experience and allow them to learn while having fun.

Don’t miss this opportunity to commune with nature while interacting with friendly interpreters, who will be happy to share their knowledge with you.

Since the purpose of national parks is to protect species and ecosystems, hunting and fishing are forbidden as is most harvesting, except in designated areas where you may pick berries or harvest shellfish.
Lodging
National parks and wildlife reserves invite you to prolong your stay by taking advantage of the many lodging options they offer: campsites, cottages, huts, inns or, for something more unusual, yurts or Huttopia tents. Make the most out of your vacation by staying in these remarkable sites!
National Parks and Wildlife Reserves Packages
“Ready-to-Camp” Huttopia Tent Package (Bic National Park)

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

Bic National Park

Starting from $100.00
per night, in low season,* taxes and park entrance fees not included Valid from May 15, 2015 to October 12, 2015
Sea Kayaking Package (2 days and 1 night)

Sea Kayaking Package (2 days and 1 night)

Ferme 5 Étoiles Family Vacation Site

Starting from $299.00
per person, taxes and gratuities not included Valid from June 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015
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Testimonials about National Parks and Wildlife Reserves
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Highlights
  • 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.
  • Miguasha National Park

    Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Miguasha National Park contains fossils that recount a specific episode of life on earth. Museum visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to become familiar with this natural treasure.
  • Matane Wildlife Reserve

    The Matane Wildlife Reserve is home to abundant and remarkable wildlife. The dense moose population makes this a great place to observe the largest members of the deer family. While out hiking, be on the lookout for moose in their natural habitat.
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Sea kayaking

Kayak around Kamouraska’s islands and islets while enjoying a unique view of the region’s charming villages from the coastline.
Photo: Marc Loiselle
The Manicouagan region is renowned for sea kayaking as well as for marine mammal observation. Why not combine both activities?
Photo: Marc Loiselle / Tourisme Manicouagan
Size yourself up against the gigantic Percé Rock, and keep your eyes peeled for a few marine mammals!
Photo: Sébastien Larose / Tourisme Gaspésie
Sculpted by the wind and the sea, the monoliths of the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada offer kayakers incomparable scenic vistas.
Photo: Éric Marchand / L’île imagin’air
Tadoussac Bay is a member of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club, and its village is recognized by the Association of the Most Beautiful Villages of Québec.
Photo: Marc Loiselle / Tourisme Manicouagan
Discover the many grottos of the Îles de la Madeleine in the company of an experienced sea kayak guide.
Photo: Éric Marchand / L’île imagin’air
Kayak along the cliffs of Forillon National Park of Canada and discover the vastness of its coastal landscapes. You might even encounter some seals and a few whales on your journey!
Photo: Michel Julien / Tourisme Gaspésie
Observe the region’s fauna up close with an excursion in the waters of Bic National Park. The park is home to about 200 seals and a multitude of bird species.
Photo: Michel Laverdière
Kayak along the steep cliffs of the Saguenay Fjord in the company of an expert who will let you in on the site’s secrets. Several tour companies offer guided excursions of variable duration.
Photo: Marc Loiselle
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National Parks and Wildlife Reserves Photos
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  • Northern gannets on Bonaventure Island
  • Quarry Island, Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada
  • Wildlife observation in Bic National Park
  • Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé National Park (Gaspésie)
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