5 hair-raising adventures in Quebec
Are you dreaming of an Eastern Canada road trip and would like to add a touch of originality?
For those who dare, here are 5 hair-raising adventures you can experience in La Belle Province.
#1. A night with the wolves and bears
Sleep in the middle of a wildlife park? Why not!
That's what Parc Oméga in Montebello, between Montreal and Ottawa, has to offer.
Your arrival is scheduled for late afternoon. Several types of accommodation are available for visitors, with exclusive access to boardwalks from which you can view the wolf and bear enclosures.
At the time of booking, you can choose to stay in a prospector cabin, a Wi-tent or a cabin on stilts.
My personal favourite is without a doubt the Wi-tent because of its unique conical design.
What's more, it's equipped with a wood stove to keep you warm all night.
The following morning, be prepared to be woken up at dawn by the howling of the wolves.
After a good breakfast, climb aboard your Canada rental car and set out to explore the park.
The morning is the best time to visit because the animals come out to feed.
Photography buffs will be delighted with Parc Oméga's unique concept, with its 15 km trail winding its way through extraordinarily varied landscapes.
#2. Immersion in Aboriginal culture
The Matakan Site is the ideal place to experience a complete and authentic immersion in Aboriginal culture.
Accessible only by boat from the Native Reserve of Manawan, the site offers an entirely rustic and natural environment.
You will sleep two nights in a traditional teepee, on a carpet of fir branches.
Traditional meals are prepared from game, freshly caught fish, vegetables and bannock.
The days unfold in accordance with the moods of Mother Nature.
Several activities are possible: canoeing, rabaska canoe, walks in the forest with interpretation of nature and medicinal plants, net fishing, etc.
Evenings are spent around the campfire, where you will have the opportunity to chat with the guides, gaze at the stars and listen to traditional music.
Both touching and exotic, this experience allows guests to experience a real return to the basics, in the heart of the boreal forest.
#3. Sleep in the heart of a wild zoo
Get up close to Quebec wildlife with this guided expedition at the St-Félicien Wild Zoo .
Upon your arrival in the morning, a guide offers discovery and interpretation activities.
At the end of the day, you are shown to a campsite in a unique environment.
You will be spending the night in a prospector tent, in the heart of moose and caribou habitat.
But before getting settled in for the night, a wolf watching outing and an evening around the campfire with toasted marshmallows await.
The next morning, you go canoeing on Lake Montagnais. Keep an eye out for black bears!
Before leaving the zoo, you have the chance to witness polar bear feeding time and see a beaver lodge.
An adventure rich in emotions and filled with rewarding discoveries!
#4. Spend a night on a sailboat
Sailors, the captain of the Voile Mercator welcomes you for a night aboard his sailboat.
In the afternoon you set sail from the l'Anse-Saint-Jean port, laying in a course for Baie Éternité.
You're welcome to try your hand at steering the boat, under the guidance and watchful eye of your captain.
You sail the waters of Saguenay Fjord , whose impressive cliffs form grandiose landscapes.
At the end of the day, you drop anchor and watch the sun set as you enjoy a good dinner aboard your sailboat.
You sleep comfortably in a closed cabin, rocked by the waves.
The return to dry land is scheduled for the following morning.
Although it is not part of our Top 5 Quebec whale watching activities, with a bit a luck, you may have the chance to observe beluga whales. Be sure to keep an eye out!
Perfect for families and nature lovers, this adventure allows you to discover the history of the region and learn more about the boreal flora and fauna.
#5. Sleep in a submarine
At the Pointe-au Père maritime historic site , become a submariner for a night on board Canada's first publicly accessible submarine.
With a crew of up to 70 men, the Onondaga patrolled the North Atlantic from 1967 to 2000.
When you arrive in the early evening, you have to pass the tests set by the coxswain in order to earn your stripes as a submariner.
After more than 2 hours of activities, you settle into the 90-m behemoth for a night you won't soon forget!
Don't expect luxury accommodation, as you are sleeping in a very narrow berth.
Whether you sleep in the main bunk room, the petty officers' quarters, the officers' quarters, the medical corridor or the captain's cabin, there's no room for privacy and no soundproofing.
Instead, you're invited to share a human adventure, and to live an experience that is unique in Canada.
Early in the morning, just after breakfast, you leave the Onondaga with amazing stories to tell.
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