5 ideas for a great summer with your (pre)teen in the Jacques-Cartier region

5 ideas for a great summer with your (pre)teen in the Jacques-Cartier region

Destinations to explore, July 25, 2022 2022-07-25
Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier © Sepaq, Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier

Only 20 minutes from Québec City, there is a paradise blessed by nature: the Jacques-Cartier region! It's a superb getaway destination for outdoor enthusiasts and thrill-seekers. A great family vacation awaits you in the heart of the biggest playground in Québec!

Fun at the water park

The Village Vacances Valcartier water park promises hours of fun with more than 35 water slides, two themed rivers, a huge wave pool and more! If you're among the most daring, challenge yourself to go head first down Everest, the fastest slide in America! And if the weather isn’t cooperating, don't worry, because Bora Parc on site is an indoor water park with slides and a surfing wave!

Village Vacances Valcartier
Photo credit: Village Vacances Valcartier

Outdoor fun galore

If you haven’t explored the Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier yet, it’s time for you to discover this jewel. You can go hiking, mini-rafting or paddleboarding, or you can opt for wildlife watching and discovery tours. You need to see this park at least once in your life!

A family fishing trip

The Réserve faunique des Laurentides is a wildlife reserve with more than 2,000 lakes and 9 rivers in 25 lodging sectors. Fish for brook trout, arctic char and lake trout. For day fishing, 14 lakes are accessible and a boat is provided. You can also turn your fishing activity into a complete vacation with a stay in a cottage. You’re sure to have incredible fishing stories to tell!

Aerial courses and amazing views

Enjoy an awesome time in the trees at the Arbraska Duchesnay course. The courses are categorized by level of difficulty but they all offer a breathtaking view of Lake St-Joseph and the mature forest. The Falcon course, which has a 1000-foot zipline, is a must. See what it’s like to soar!

Biking for all levels

With its spectacular landscapes, the Jacques-Cartier region is a perfect place for a bike ride. Wonderful discoveries await you, whether on the Vélopiste Jacques-Cartier/Portneuf or on the Chemin de La Liseuse in Parc du Grand-Héron. Mountain biking enthusiasts can explore the Centre Castor, the Sentiers du Moulin, or at Empire 47.

Discover other activities, places to sleep and restaurants by checking out the Jacques-Cartier region must-sees!

Arbraska Duchesnay
Photo credit: Xavier Girard

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