6 Family-Friendly National Parks for Summer Holidays With Young Children

6 Family-Friendly National Parks for Summer Holidays With Young Children

If you would like to take in some fresh air with the little ones, Québec’s national parks are not to be missed! These natural environments have been designed with hiking and exploring nature as a family in mind.

Indeed, our majestic province abounds with stunning natural treasures. From towering mountains to vast expanses of forest, crystal-clear lakes and roaring waterfalls, every region holds the promise of a unique experience. Your youngsters’ eyes will sparkle with wonder!

Parc national du Mont-Tremblant

Located in the Laurentides region, this vast territory offers a multitude of outdoor family activities. Rent bikes to explore easy trails or visit one of the many lakes and enjoy a day of swimming and picnicking. This park also offers campgrounds for tents. To truly experience the great outdoors, sleep beneath an expansive sky and wake up to the sound of birds. Cottages and yurts are also available for those looking for less rustic accommodations.

Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier

Only a few kilometres from Québec City, the Parc national Jacques-Cartier is a veritable playground for the entire family. The kid-friendly hiking trails offer spectacular views of glacial valleys in winter and crystal-clear rivers in summer. The youngest children will adore getting the chance to observe the local fauna, such as beavers and white-tailed deer. In summer, a canoe trip down the river is an unforgettable activity for children and parents alike. Why not spend a night camping and enjoy the convivial atmosphere of a campfire under the stars?

Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie

Les Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie features glorious landscapes that will amaze the entire family, from toddlers to grandparents. Head out on a family kayak excursion on the Malbaie River during which the little ones can admire the imposing cliffs from up close. Other activities include a trip aboard the Le Menaud riverboat to learn all about this site’s history, wildlife, flora and geological characteristics. The easy hiking trails likewise offer the opportunity to discover this park’s natural beauty at your own pace.

Parc national d’Anticosti

Anticosti Island, off the shores of the Côte-Nord region, is a true paradise for young adventurers. In fact, this site was recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Go in search of the white-tailed deer that inhabit the island or enjoy the white-sand beaches while observing its fantastic marine flora and fauna. Children will equally love discovering the many waterfalls hidden in the island’s dense forests. And you can explore the island on foot, by bike or even on horseback!

Parc national de la Gaspésie

At this park, in the heart of the Gaspé Peninsula, kids have the opportunity to go out in search of caribou on a guided excursion, or to explore family-friendly hiking trails featuring breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Or check out an exhibit: the Mont-Albert sector’s discovery and visitors centre is currently presenting Une mer de montagnes au cœur de la Gaspésie while the Mont-Jacques-Cartier campground’s discovery centre is presenting Le caribou gaspésien.

Parc national de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé

For a seaside adventure, don’t skip this exceptional site located off the coast of the Gaspé Peninsula. A boat cruise around the Rocher Percé is an unforgettable experience for the entire family. For a getaway to remember, rent a rustic cabin on Bonaventure Island, where you can spend the night among the Northen Gannet colony. You can also choose a campground that offers pitches close to the beach.

Whether you’re looking for an adventure in the great outdoors or simply want to enjoy a relaxing day as a family, Québec’s magnificent natural sites will leave young and old alike with lasting memories.


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