The Natural Wonders of Quebec
Quebec abounds with natural beauty and landscapes. In every corner of the province, there are spectacular geological formations that have created enchanting sites for visitors. Here's our list of the most beautiful natural wonders in Quebec
Considered the symbol of the Gaspé, Percé Rock is the product of millions of years of sculpting by time and the sea. The famous limestone monolith is a jaw-dropping sight: five million tons of rock pierced by a spectacular natural arch 15 meters high. View it from a kayak for an even more magical experience.
Some 30 minutes from Quebec City, explore Canyon Sainte-Anne, a spectacular gorge carved from the rock by the powerful Sainte-Anne Falls (which metre for metre, incidentally, are higher than Niagara Falls). Visit this 1.2-billion-year-old canyon on one of three suspension bridges, or the zip line, which offer breathtaking views of the river. At Canyon Sainte-Anne, you’ll also have the chance to try your hand at via ferrata—Sainte-Anne’s was the first set up in Quebec.
La Mauricie National Park
With an area of 536 km2, it’s no wonder that Mauricie National Park has over 150 lakes. Here, you can discover the stunning natural surroundings on biking or hiking trails, while skiing or on a portage. For an adventure in perfect stillness, go canoe-camping on Caribou Lake. oTENTik tents are available for rent and there are a host of discovery activities to help visitors gain a better understanding and appreciation of the park’s natural and cultural resources.
Ranked among the most remarkable fjords in the world, Saguenay Fjord National Park is the earthly extension of the Saguenay-Saint-Laurent rivers. In winter and summer, sensational vistas await. The numerous hiking trails take you up and down the fjord cliffs walls and deep into the forest. On your visit, try the via ferrata, camp in a Huttopia tent or join the crew of a mighty Rabaska canoe to ply the waters of the bay.
Parc de la Chute-Montmorency
Located minutes from Quebec City, flanked by river and sheer cliffs, the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency is one of the most spectacular sites in the province. Discover it by cable car or on foot (it’s a short walk from the must-go brunch destination Manoir Montmorency). Accessible year-round, the spot is just as enchanting in winter. An impressive 83 meters high—30 higher than Niagara Falls—the Montmorency Falls dominate the landscape.
Mont-Tremblant National Park
With six major rivers and 400 lakes and streams, Mont-Tremblant National Park is a paradise for canoeists. A rich blend of Quebec’s natural and historical heritage, it’s the largest and oldest in the province’s network of parks. There are 40 species of mammal, including wolves. At Mont-Tremblant National Park, it’s all about the nature, discovered up close and personal, on foot, on a bicycle or in a canoe.
The monoliths of the Mingan Archipelago
The Mingan Archipelago in the North Shore region is notable for its unusual landscape of limestone monoliths forged by the sea. Over 450 million years old, the monoliths are naturally formed and are likely to continue to be sculpted by the elements for millennia to come. In addition to the diverse wildlife, in its multiple land and sea varieties, the Mingan Archipelago encompasses thousands of islands and islets extending over a distance of 152 km.
Mont-Mégantic National Park
Located in the Eastern Townships, the Mont-Mégantic National Park is an increasingly sought-after four-season outdoor destination, but also a unique scientific attraction. It’s in the heart of the first International Dark Sky Reserve, the network of 11 protected areas worldwide with exceptional conditions for star-gazing. Discover the ASTROLab, the park’s astronomy activity centre, and the astronomical observatories; explore the mountains—Mont St. Joseph or Mont Mégantic are criss-crossed by trails long and short—but also the sky. Nature is honoured at Mont-Mégantic National Park, on earth and light-years above it.
The Magdalen Islands
Anchored in the heart of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, this verdant archipelago edged with red cliffs and 300 km of white sandy beaches has the pull of a magnet. Experience the Magdalen islands with excursions on the water, wind sports and walks of all kinds.