When to visit
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What to do
- Worth the detour
- Must see
Jacques-Cartier National Park is host to a beautiful glacial valley, the Vallée de la Jacques-Cartier, a spectacular channel some 600 metres deep through which winds one of Quebec's most beautiful rivers.
It is a real nature-lovers' paradise where visitors can hike and canoe to their heart's content.
SENTIER LES LOUPS HIKING TRAIL
Season: mid-May to mid-October.
Sentier des Loups, one of the park's most scenic trails, is an 11-kilometre round-trip hike (3.5 h) that offers breathtaking views of the valley. At an altitude of 727 m, the view from the summit is exceptional.
This is a difficult trail that rises more than 500 metres in altitude to reach the top. The climb is steep but quite short.
CANOEING DOWN THE JACQUES-CARTIER RIVER
Season: end of May to early October (see the website for shuttle schedule).
One of the park's signature activities is canoeing down the Jacques-Cartier River, which offers over 26 kilometres of pure pleasure.
As the river has several calm stretches of water, this activity can be enjoyed by the whole family including children over 5. On the other hand, thrill-seekers will get their fill of adrenaline in the turbulent white water rapids!
The park's Visitors Centre rents a variety of types of watercraft such as kayaks, mini-rafts, regular and inflatable canoes and inner tubes.
Note that additional equipment can also be rented such as wetsuits, safety helmets, dry bags and watertight casks. A shuttle service is provided to transport visitors to the different launch sites.
VILLAGE VACANCES VALCARTIER
Season: mid-June to end of August from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until 7 p.m. from late June to mid-August).
Valcartier Vacation Village is an exceptional water park with more than 35 water slides, a wave pool and two theme rivers. Winter activities include ice skating and snow rafting. Good times for the whole family!
1860 Boulevard Valcartier, St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier / 418-844-2200
Where to eat
- $ Inexpensive
- $$ Moderate
- $$$ Upscale
- $$$$ Fine dining
Your best choice is to bring a picnic lunch along when you visit Jacques-Cartier National Park. The park has many picnic areas, or you can stop for lunch in any other scenic location that strikes your fancy.
The Discovery and Visitors Centre in the La Vallée sector has a general store that offers ready-to-eat food.
Canada by Motorhome
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