Find your true nature in Quebec’s regional parks!
Attractions to discover, June 21, 2021 2021-06-21
Quebec’s Regional Parks

A multitude of outdoor experiences are available in one of Quebec's 65 Regional Parks (also known as the PaRQ network). Spread out over several regions, these territories are huge playgrounds that are perfect for a couples or families looking for activities. Whether you like to walk, cycle or paddle, you’ll love spending time in these parks and discovering new landscapes.

Parc régional de la Chute-à-Bull
Parc régional de la Chute-à-Bull

A trail for every level

All of Quebec's regional parks offer hiking trails. Choose the one that’s right for you: there are trails to suit everyone and all levels of difficulty. In the forest, in a peat bog or along a river, the choice is practically limitless! Climb to the top of a mountain, like at the Parc régional du Mont-Ham in the Eastern Townships and in the Parc régional du Mont-Saint-Joseph on the Gaspé Peninsula. Stay a little longer by adding a camping trip at the parc régional de la Forêt Ouareau in Lanaudière. Your dog is also welcome in several regional parks. Each site has its own regulations, so before you leave, check which trails are accessible to canine companions!

Summer is the time to play in the water 

Hot days are perfect for swimming in some of the regional parks. Canoe and kayak enthusiasts also have great options in the PaRQ network. How about renting a boat or using your own at the Parc de la rivière Batiscan in Mauricie? Try other activities on the water as well, like paddleboarding, which is offered at Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles in Laval.

The freedom to pedal!

If you prefer to ride, take advantage of the bike paths or mountain biking trails in Quebec's regional parks. For an adventure that combines sports and visits to local attractions, try the Parc linéaire le P’tit Train du Nord. It runs through several municipalities in the Laurentians and is lined with historic train stations and dreamy natural areas. In the Parc régional de Beauharnois-Salaberry, you will find a cycling network known for its kaleidoscope of breathtaking landscapes. Mountain bikers will love the trails of the Parc régional de la Rivière Gentilly, which even offers a trail suitable for families and bike rentals for children.

Fabien Proulx-Tremblay
Photo credit: Fabien Proulx-Tremblay

Don't forget to take photos when you visit the regional parks and post them on Instagram using #JaimeMonPARQ or email them to You could win an outdoor prize package worth $1,650!

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