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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!
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Highlights
  • Gaspésie National Park

    This protected territory of 800 sq. km (310 sq. mi.) is brimming with opportunities for adventure and offers 140 km (90 mi.) of trails leading to the tops of the Chic-Choc Mountains. The surrounding tundra provides a spectacular change of scenery.
  • 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!
  • Chic-Chocs Mountain Lodge

    Perched 615 metres (2000 feet) above sea level in the Matane Wildlife Reserve, the first mountain lodge in Eastern Canada promises you an unforgettable experience.
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National Parks and Wildlife Reserves Photos
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  • View of the mountains in Gaspésie National Park from inside the Gîte du Mont-Albert hotel
  • Petit-Sault sector, Gaspésie National Park
  • Petit-Sault sector, Gaspésie National Park
  • Mt. Hog\'s Back, Chic-Chocs Wildlife Reserve
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