What To Do At Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier
Just a short 30-minute drive from Quebec City lays the breathtaking natural beauty that is Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier. With rolling hills and deep valleys of lush forest and nature, it is the perfect countryside escape from the nearby city. It is a true haven for the outdoor/adventure traveler!
Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier, which is open year-round, has a ton of activities and adventures to offer visitors. You can do anything from water rafting, to camping, to hiking, to fishing. Here are some of the activities and services you can enjoy:
- Canoe-camping (26 km)
- Mountain biking
- Water rafting
- Fishing (mostly trout due to conservation laws)
- Camping (available year-round): Yurts, Cabins, Canoe-camping, Huttopia Tent, Rustic Shelter
- Inner tube rafting
- Wildlife observation
- Toboggan/Tubing in winter
For a full list of pricing and activities, you can go HERE.
My Hike and Water Raft Ride
When I visited the park, I went on a short hike through one of the easier trails where I was able to take in the panoramic views and observe the natural life around me.
Our tour guide Marie was a wealth of information when it came to local animals and nature that you can find in the park. Her passion and knowledge of the subject made it so interesting to follow along!
We had a nice picnic along the river of the Jacques-Cartier Valley, followed by some water rafting. The water rafting activity we did was very light as the rapids were not aggressive at this location of the park. I would definitely recommend it for people of any age and any level of expertise (it was definitely beginner level and easy to manage).
This trip was sponsored by the Quebec City Tourism Board. All opinions are my own.