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.
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.
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.
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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Covering 175 sq. km (70 sq. mi.), Lac-Témiscouata National Park stretches along one of the most beautiful and largest lakes south of the St. Lawrence. The park protects nearly half of the lake’s shoreline and its only island, Notre-Dame Island.
Discover the outstanding coastal scenery of Fjord-du-Saguenay National Park year-round. Admire the impressive Saguenay Fjord and the majestic St. Lawrence River during a hike or sea excursion!
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.