Summer is the perfect season to recharge your batteries in nature and rediscover the most beautiful corners of the province. However, it's not always easy to leave home for several weeks with work and family! For all those who need to pick up despite their busy lives, Outgo has set itself the mission of collecting the best national parks of the SÉPAQ less than two hours from Montreal. Are you from outside? Don't worry! We also have the accommodation you need!
Laurentians: Oka National Park
Let's start with the closest to the metropolis! Located 35 minutes from Pierre-Elliott Trudeau Airport,Oka National Park is the ultimate holiday destination for many Montreal families. In addition to these walking trails, venture along the 11 kilometres of shores on Lac des Deux Montagnes that make the park famous. The perfect place to relax on the beautiful summer days!
Close to the park, the Carillon Island Migratory BirdSanctuary will give you plenty of sight when the Mallard Ducks, Blue-winged Teal and Canada will be heading south.
For comfortable accommodation nearby, think of thePlace d'Armes Hotel located in Old Montreal. Whether in a classic room or in a junior suite, theHotel du Vieux Montréal offers you the pinnacle of refinement in the historic charm of the Old Town. Also in Old Montreal, theWilliam Gray Hotel will seduce you with its stunning views and historic buildings.
Outaouais: Plaisance National Park
Less known than Oka National Park, Plaisance National Park has nothing to envy. These wetlands inhabit more than 250 species of birds, amphibians and reptiles, and it is thanks to its main trail, the Zizanie-des-Marais, that visitors can see them more closely. Floating gateway allowing you to explore life in the heart of the marshes, the Zizanie-des-Marais will make you live an unforgettable experience for young and old.
After the marsh, the canoe ride to the mill falls is also worth a visit. Over 60m in elevation (more than Niagara Falls!), the falls of the mill cannot be descended by canoe. However, the sea route to the basins is accessible to beginners and offers stunning views. To your Paddles!
If you need accommodation nearby, don't hesitate to visit HOM - Mini Chalets in Val-des-Monts, the first company to offer open-air hospitality in the Outaouais region. It's the Glamping experience combining luxury, comfort and Quebec nature wonderfully!
Laurentides & Lanaudière: Mont-Tremblant National Park
Well-known to almost everyone in Quebec,Mont-Tremblant National Park is the largest and oldest park in the SÉPAQ. In addition to its world-class ski centre, Mont-Tremblant National Park covers no less than 400 lakes and streams in the region! A true paradise for all canoeing enthusiasts! Do you prefer the mountains to the waterways? Try the Devil's Via Ferrata on the wall of the black cow. Amazing views and strong emotions guaranteed!
In addition to the activities on the park, the area is full ofaccommodation available for all tastes. Want to live a very different hotel experience? Try the night in a teepee with Amishk Adventures! Winner of the 2017 Tourism Excellence Award, come and rediscover Aboriginal traditions and cultures. An experience that your loved ones will not be close to forget.
Montérégie: Yamaska National Park
Located 75 minutes from the Island of Montreal, Yamaska National Park is much more than just a landmark for hikers. Yamaska National Park is breathtaking landscapes with in its heart the Choinière reservoir which stretches over its 4.5 km².
Habitat of a multitude of sea creatures, the Choinière reservoir allows fishing to all these visitors. In the company of herons who will also fish, come and titillate about twenty species of fish in addition to having access to bike paths and canoeing rental. There are even interactive water games and jets for the youngest! What are you waiting for?
As for the accommodation available in the surrounding area, the Aslan Forest is half hostel, half village from another era! Sugar shack, frisbee course, 18-hole golf course, hiking trails or meditation and yoga, there are countless activities in the Aslan Forest!
For those who prefer the comfort of accommodation in the city,the Saint-Christophe de Granby hotel is the place for you! Just minutes from Bromont, the zoo and downtown attractions, the Saint-Christophe de Granby offers direct access to the bike path that goes to Yamaska National Park. The ideal accommodation to regain strength before the trails!
Estrie: Mont-Orford National Park
Stukely Lake, the Iron Spear Pond, the Bald Mountain Trail, etc. Many are the must-see at Mount Orford National Park! A happy mix of streams, forests, valleys and mountains, the favourite Estrie National Park no longer needs presentations. Although it is primarily for these winter activities that the park is recognized, the diversity of the summer offer must not be overlooked!
In summer, the Mont-Orford waterways steal the spotlight for canoeing and rabaska along the winding cherry pond, while in autumn the colours of the mountain are in the spotlight! Come discover or rediscover, one of the first national parks in Quebec to be preserved for future generations!
What could be better after a day in the mountains than the comfort of a good pint and a cozy bed? This is exactly what we offer you at theBrouërie hostel in Sutton! In addition to these thematic evenings, come and appreciate the quality of its cuisine that will make you travel through its flavors. The package includesaccommodation for two, starters, main courses and drinks.
And you? What are your national parks favorite? Have we forgotten your favorite? And what are your favorite activities to do in kind? Share them with us before returning to explore our wonderful parks of the SÉPAQ and have a good visit!