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Are you planning a visit to Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Côte-Nord or the Îles de la Madeleine and looking for cozy and comfortable accommodations? Choose a cottage, chalet or cabin as your home base! Here are some of your options for places to stay while you explore our regions during your next vacation.
Cottages in the woods
Near Parc national du Bic, in Bas-Saint-Laurent, Refuge du Vieux Loup de Mer offers 13 restored wooden chalets that maintain the character, warmth and charm of traditional Québec dwellings. As a bonus, each offers a view of the St. Lawrence!
Further east, in Saint-Gabriel-de-Rimouski, Domaine Valga offers 3 log cabins that can accommodate up to 11 people. Enjoy a stay at the heart of an old-growth maple grove with access to hiking trails and even treetop trekking!
Griffon Aventure, in Gaspésie, invites you to unwind in one of 7 rustic cottages where you can relax and eat along the seaside. Built mainly with recycled materials, each cottage is unique (one is even a converted fishing boat)! A daily shuttle can take you to Forillon National Park and Gaspé, so you can explore the surrounding area.
In Côte-Nord, you can stay in one of the 11 cottages available at Domaine des Dunes in Tadoussac. Shaded by birch trees, each cottage can comfortably accommodate 2 to 6 people. Enjoy treetop trekking on site or set off to discover the treasures in the village.
Cottages along the water
Enjoy a dream vacation on an island! Stay on Île aux Lièvres (Hare Island) in Bas-Saint-Laurent, in one of the 6 seaside cottages offered by Société Duvetnor. Modern and bright, each can accommodate 2 to 6 people. Explore the island’s hiking trails (45 km / 30 mi. in all) and enjoy watching the many seabirds that make their home here.
Would you like to stay in a tiny house? Head to Domaine Floravie, near Parc national du Bic, where you can stay in a “tiny house”-style eco-cottage by the sea! The 7 wooden 20’ by 10’ mobile cottages offer comfort and coziness for up to 4 people each. You can also rent the “Le Pensoir” cottage or the “L’Ancestrale” house, each of which can accommodate up to 6 people.
Does the idea of staying at the edge of the world appeal to you? Why not enjoy at stay in a Chalets du Bout du Monde cottage (literally “cottages at land’s end”)! Located on the waterfront, overlooking the Saint-Jean Estuary in Gaspé, each of the 8 cottages exhibits the works of a local artist. Kayaks and bikes are also provided at no extra charge.
Although the Bioparc de la Gaspésie is primarily known as a wildlife park (which is home to about 40 animal species indigenous to Gaspésie in environments that resemble their natural habitats), this site also offers 9 cottages on a beach on Chaleur Bay. With views of the sea, lots of bright space and plenty of comfort, the Bioparc cottages are relaxing and rejuvenating places to stay.
On Anticosti Island, in Côte-Nord, the Pourvoirie du Lac Geneviève d’Anticosti outfitter offers you the opportunity to commune with nature during a stay in one of their 5 fully equipped lakeside cottages, all of which have an indoor fireplace! Inquire about packages including lodging, the rental of a vehicle for the duration of your trip as well as transportation to and from the island.
The Lower North Shore is a fascinating area worth visiting! Expect a complete change of pace and scenery, since there are no roads connecting the villages in this region. If this adventure appeals to you, hop on the Bella Desgagnés supply ship and plan to stay in one of the cabins at Innuberge in the First Nations community of Unamen Shipu (La Romaine). Ideally located near a magnificent beach with a view of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, these new two-bedroom cabins are fully equipped and waiting for you!
Cottages in a resort
Near Tadoussac, in Côte-Nord, the Ferme 5 Étoiles holiday resort offers two different types of cottages. You can soak up the beauty of the Saguenay Fjord by opting for a cottage with a view of this majestic waterway, or, if you’re an animal lover, you may want to stay in one of the cottages directly on site, so you can easily interact with the farm’s animals (moose, wolves, bison, deer and more). A wide variety of outdoor activities are also offered on site.
Cottages in a national park
Some of the SÉPAQ national parks are now offering a new type of lodging, called EXP cabins, for an exceptional experience in the park. In our regions, these cabins are available in Parc national du Bic in Bas-Saint-Laurent. Their unique design features large windows, which will almost make you feel like you’re sleeping outdoors!
In Parc national de la Gaspésie, you can choose from 31 cabins in various sectors of the park. Those near the Gîte du Mont-Albert hotel will charm you with their picturesque coziness, while those along the Sainte-Anne River or Lake Cascapédia will appeal if you enjoy being near water. Whichever cabin you choose, you’ll have access to an immense natural playground in this park!
At the gateway to Côte-Nord, 5 charming little cabins await you in Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay. They are located in the Baie-Éternité sector and are fully equipped and accessible by car. Whether you’re travelling as a family or with friends, you will enjoy discovering the park’s stunning landscapes via the many hiking trails!
Are you planning a trip to Parc national d’Anticosti? The park’s 30 vacation cabins are located by the sea or a river and include all the amenities you will need for a comfortable stay. Don’t be surprised if you encounter white-tailed deer while you’re there: 160,000 of them live on Anticosti Island!
Cottages in a wildlife reserve
Nature lovers will be delighted by a stay in the Matane, Port-Cartier–Sept-Îles, Port-Daniel, Rimouski or Chic-Chocs wildlife reserve. All offer fully equipped cabins surrounded by stunning scenery featuring mountains, lakes and forests. In addition, you can enjoy many outdoor activities in these reserves, including cycling, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, wildlife observation and more.
The Îles de la Madeleine archipelago also offers a wide selection of cottages to choose from. Visit the Tourisme Îles de la Madeleine website to find one that will suit your needs for your next vacation on the Islands!
Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed by all these options? Keep in mind that wherever you stay you’re bound to enjoy an unforgettable experience surrounded by exceptional scenery!