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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
3-Course Gourmet Package at the Gîte du Mont-Albert

3-Course Gourmet Package at the Gîte du Mont-Albert

Gîte du Mont-Albert

Starting from $126.50
per person based on double occupancy, taxes and park entrance fees not included Valid from June 6, 2014 to October 25, 2014
“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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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!
  • Fjord-du-Saguenay National Park

    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!
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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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  • Kayakers in the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada
  • View of Bic National Park from the marina
  • Quarry Island,  Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada
  • Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé National Park (Gaspésie)
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