Parc national d'Oka, just a stone’s throw from the metropolitan area, appears as a mosaic of environments that are all fascinating. The diversity of animal and plant species in this region south of Québec is a significant wealth, and partially explains human presence over the centuries in this fertile area. From Calvaire Hill to Lac des Deux Montagnes, the area’s history show up as part of our roots! Come discover the true nature of Oka while enjoying a wide range of educational and outdoor activities year-round.
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Parc national d'Oka has the potential to inspire wonder! And the best way is to participate in our discovery activities (in French only). Through the nterpretation of natural and cultural heritage, you’ll learn more about the park and the importance of protecting it.
Among the riches we wish to share are 2,500 years of history: the area’s occupation by Amerindians, Sulpicians, and others, the hills and agricultural land and the exceptional plant and animal life, including the presence of some special status species.
During your visit to the park, before heading to the trails, drop into the Grande Baie Visitors Centre to get information and pick up brochures for self-guided hikes... Rallies and discovery brochures about the natural environment will please the whole family and make your visit even more fun. Take some time to check out the exhibition on archeology at Parc national d'Oka and see some artefacts from the past.
Notice the three white chapels overlooking the hill in the distance. A trail blazed over the centuries will guide you to Calvaire d'Oka, a historical site unique in North America.
Climbing the Calvaire
The Sulpicians built these Stations of the Cross between1740 and 1742 for the evangelization of the Amerindians. Le Calvaire trail culminates in a panoramic view of Lac des Deux Montagnes. Four oratories containing reproductions of famous religious scenes mark the road and create a contemplative atmosphere.
At the summit, three Roman-style chapels stand as proud witnesses to great historical events and religious pilgrimages. The peacefulness of this spot and the buildings still convey a sense of spirituality, even today.
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