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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!
Testimonials about National Parks and Wildlife Reserves
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Highlights
  • 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.
  • Anticosti National Park

    Anticosti National Park, Québec's largest open-air interpretation centre, provides front row seats for viewing the island's natural entertainment. You will be awed by the richness of its flora, fauna and landscapes.
  • 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!
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National Parks and Wildlife Reserves Photos
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  • Mt. Hog\'s Back, Chic-Chocs Wildlife Reserve
  • View of the mountains in Gaspésie National Park from inside the Gîte du Mont-Albert hotel
  • Petit-Sault sector, Gaspésie National Park
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