The Great Outdoors
|2||Montreal → Mauricie||186 km|
|4||Mauricie → Lac St-Jean||290 km|
|5||Lac St-Jean → Saguenay Fjord||194 km|
|7||Saguenay Fjord → Tadoussac||136 km|
|9||Tadoussac → Gaspesie National Park||359 km|
|10||Gaspesie National Park|
|11||Gaspesie National Park|
|12||Gaspesie National Park → Forillon National Park||247 km|
|13||Forillon National Park|
|14||Forillon National Park → Percé||96 km|
|15||Percé → Baie des Chaleurs||202 km|
|16||Baie des Chaleurs|
|17||Baie des Chaleurs → Bas St-Laurent||435 km|
|18||Bas St-Laurent → Jacques-Cartier Park||169 km|
|20||Excursion to Quebec City|
|21||Jacques-Cartier Park → Montreal||269 km|
- 20 nights' accommodation as described in the program (or similar)
- Breakfast in your Montreal hotel
- Camping equipment
- The Godbout / Matane ferry
- Val-Jalbert Ghost Town
- Assistance from your Canadian travel specialist (before, during and after the trip)
- All applicable taxes
- Protection for foreign travellers through the Compensation fund for customers of travel agents
- 1 tree planted in the Authentik Forest to compensate your CO2
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DAY 1 - Montreal
Welcome to the second-largest French-speaking city in the world, after Paris.
We wish you a great vacation in the land of lakes and rivers!
You pick up your full set of camping gear including a tent, sleeping bags, camping mats, ice chest, propane stove, pots and pans, firelighter, tarp and more and then set a course for the great outdoors and La Mauricie National Park.
Covering an area of 536 km², La Mauricie National Park gives off an air of serenity in keeping with its gently undulating terrain.On this wide plateau with its hills and valleys and network of lakes and rivers, life follows nature's rhythms.
DAY 3 - Mauricie
You have a full day to enjoy the exceptional natural environment of La Mauricie National Park.
Take a hike along some of the park's scenic trails or a canoe ride down to Waber Falls. And don't miss swimming in one of the park's numerous lakes and waterfalls!
We recommend bringing a picnic lunch to make the most of this glorious day in the great outdoors.
This morning you set out for Lac St-Jean, a veritable inland sea.
The route to Lac St-Jean is simply magnificent. In fact, this section of Route 55 is ranked as one of the 5 most scenic drives in Quebec.
Lac St-Jean is known for its warm hospitality: this is the ideal place to get to know the Quebec people with their customs and traditions.
Next the adventure leads to the spectacular Saguenay Fjord.
This majestic but little-known natural wonder will take your breath away and leave you with unforgettable memories.
You will discover the vastness of time and space in this place where the colossal forces of nature conspired to create a fjord.
DAY 6 - Saguenay Fjord
Spend the day immersing yourselves in the dramatic beauty of the Saguenay Fjord, unique in the world.
Hiking enthusiasts won't want to miss the chance to walk the Sentier de la Statue trail in the Baie-Éternité sector of Saguenay Fjord National Park. The view of the fjord from the statue is spectacular.
The region is also home to two of Quebec's most picturesque villages, l'Anse-St-Jean and Ste-Rose-du-Nord.
Today you take one of the most scenic routes in Quebec to reach the region of Tadoussac.
Tadoussac, the oldest village in Canada, is listed as one of the 50 most beautiful bays in the world.
Take the time to sample some typical local cuisine at Le Bateau restaurant, conveniently located in the heart of this historic village.
DAY 8 - Tadoussac
Tadoussac is one of the best internationally renowned whale-watching sites in the world.
So you can hardly leave the region without going on a whale-watching safari!
This exciting adventure includes the services of a naturalist guide who will help you identify several species including the razorback and the beluga.
This morning you set out in the direction of Gaspesie!
After following the "Whale Route" along the scenic Côte Nord, you cross the majestic St. Lawrence River by ferry: a ride to remember!
Your destination: Gaspesie National Park, listed by National Geographic as one of the Top 50 places to see in the world.
DAY 10 - Gaspesie National Park
This morning you wake up in the heart of the Gaspé peninsula, surrounded by a spectacular sea of mountains.
Welcome to the haven of peace that is Gaspesie National Park.
The park's varied climates and unusual geomorphology attract a diversity of plant and animal species that are unique to Quebec, including a large variety of birds of prey and the famous woodland caribou. A real wildlife photographer's paradise!
DAY 11 - Gaspesie National Park
Hiking is, without a doubt, the favourite activity within Gaspésie National Park.
The best trail is the one that leads to the summit of Mont Jacques-Cartier, where you will get a taste of the Far North; you may even surprise some caribou grazing at the top! Ask about the shuttle service and the "Vivez le Grand Nord" discovery hike.
For families or the less athletically inclined, the Lac aux Américains trail will lead you to breathtaking picture-postcard views in less than 30 minutes.
The road trip continues to the incredible Forillon National Park, where mountain cliffs thrust brutally into the Atlantic Ocean.
The section of Route 132 between Gaspesie Park and Forillon Park is, without a doubt, one of the most spectacular drives in Quebec, if not in Canada.
DAY 13 - Forillon National Park
We recommend stopping for a picnic lunch in Cap Bon-Ami, definitely the best place from which to admire the Forillon cliffs.
Don't miss the Grande-Grave interpretive trail which highlights the way of life of the fishermen and their families at the time of colonization.
Today's route leads you to the famous Percé Rock, sculpted by time and the sea at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula.
Bonaventure Island and Percé Rock National Park boast of a rich historical and natural heritage, a surprising geological past, and unusual plant and animal life including an impressive world-renowned colony of Northern Gannets.
On the island, the fragrance and colour of the wildflowers and the fresh sea breezes will intoxicate you.
This morning you have some free time to enjoy the picturesque village of Percé, one of the most beautiful villages in Quebec.
In the afternoon you set out for Chaleur Bay ("Baie des Chaleurs") in the southern part of Gaspesie.
This part of Quebec has a long-standing reputation for open hospitality and "bon vivants" who enjoy the good things in life. You are sure to find a warm welcome that you will be hard-pressed to forget!
DAY 16 - Baie des Chaleurs
The nearby Bonaventure River with its clear turquoise waters is easily one of the most beautiful rivers in Quebec: why not stop for a canoe ride?
Chaleur Bay certainly lives up to its name: its waters are the warmest in Quebec. The perfect place for a swim!
Today you take the scenic route through the Matapédia Valley to Bas St-Laurent.
Here, according to National Geographic, you will find "the second most beautiful sunsets in the world, after Hawaii".
In addition to its rich architectural and historical heritage, the Bas St-Laurent region is renowned for the quiet beauty of its scenery.
The adventure continues in the direction of Jacques-Cartier National Park, one of the most spectacular parks in Quebec.
Jacques-Cartier National Park offers magnificent landscapes characterized by stunning contrasts: mountainous plateaus fractured by steep-sided valleys.
The spectacular scenery of the Vallée de la Jacques-Cartier river valley includes a channel more than 550 metres deep through which the sparkling Jacques Cartier River winds its way.
DAY 19 - Jacques-Cartier Park
You have an entire day to enjoy this haven of peace!
For the more adventurous at heart, we highly recommend canoeing down the Jacques-Cartier River. Canoes can be rented at the park's visitors centre. Shuttle service is included.
Hiking enthusiasts won't want to miss hiking the Sentier des Loups. The trail is steep and quite challenging but well worth it, and offers the park's most spectacular views.
Today is a perfect opportunity to discover beautiful Quebec City, the cradle of French culture in the Americas, just 25 minutes from Jacques-Cartier Park.
Perched on the cliffs of Cap Diamant and overlooking the St. Lawrence River, Quebec City is proud to be a living museum and the only fortified city in North America.
Take the time to explore the city and its many historic sites. The entire old town is a UNESCO world heritage site.
You return to the park at the end of the day.
Today you head back to Quebec's metropolis, Montreal, where you return your camping equipment before making your way to the Montreal airport for your flight home.
It's time to say "au revoir" to the land of lakes and rivers, your hearts filled with beautiful memories that will last a lifetime!