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Seven destinations a mere stone’s throw from the city

When time is in short supply, but you have a real need to get away from it all, leaving the city allows you to unwind and reconnect with what really matters! Here are seven destinations a mere stone’s from major urban areas. They’re ideal destinations for a quick getaway outside the city.

Parc national d'Oka Parc national d'Oka
Parc national d'Oka Nancy Guignard | © Sépaq

Near Montreal area

Parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville

Parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville is a destination of choice for a fast getaway from urban space. Leaving the Island of Montréal and entering the park, you can look forward to all sorts of outdoor activities a mere few kilometers from downtown. With activities such as sea kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and fishing on the agenda, you’re in for an unbeatable aquatic adventure. In addition, well groomed trails await cyclists and hikers alike.

Parc national d’Oka

A mere 35-minute car ride from Montréal, Parc national d’Oka is a popular destination for those seeking a brief getaway. Park national d'Oka is an ideal destination for swimming, walking on the beach and a short hike. Take note that the majority of the park's trail system is dog-friendly. Furthermore, it is the only destination on this list that offers fatbike rides during the summer season. This national park has also acquired two adapted wheelchairs, so that everyone can enjoy the outdoor activities.

Parc national de la Yamaska

Located 75 minutes from Montréal, Parc national de la Yamaska is a knock-out for aquatic enthusiasts, who won’t believe all there is to do there. Pedal boating, canoeing, swimming, and kayaking – there’s no shortage of water activities! For those who prefer to stay dry, the park also offers hiking and biking trails, as well as beach volleyball.

Parc national d'Oka
Parc national d'Oka Sébastien Larose | © Sépaq
Parc national de la Yamaska
Parc national de la Yamaska Mathieu Dupuis | © Sépaq
Parc national du Mont-Saint-Bruno
Parc national du Mont-Saint-Bruno Mathieu Dupuis | © Sépaq
Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier
Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier Mathieu Dupuis | © Sépaq
Réserve faunique des Laurentides
Réserve faunique des Laurentides Fokus Productions | © Sépaq
Parc national des Grands-Jardins
Parc national des Grands-Jardins Steve Deschênes | © Sépaq

Near Quebec City area

Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier

Only 30 minutes from Québec City, Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier offers a wide variety of activities that have something for everyone. Vallée de la Jacques-Cartier, recognized as one of the most beautiful valleys in Québec, will certainly please landscape lovers and photography enthusiasts alike. Furthermore, Rivière Jacques-Cartier is a perfect place to try your hand at a vast array of nautical activities, including canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, recreational kayaking, mini-rafting, rabaska canoeing, and tubing. For those who love walking in the forest, several hiking and mountain biking trails are offered in the park, including trails especially designed for a backcountry expedition.

Réserve faunique des Laurentides

Make a stopover at the largest native brook trout reservoir in the world, located less than an hour from Québec City in Réserve faunique des Laurentides. Come for a fishing trip with a lake-side stay in the Pécan and Lac-à-Noël cabins in the heart of this wildlife reserve! What a wonderful opportunity to snag a few wily brook trout, while spending precious moments with family or friends.

Duchesnay

Here's an ideal place to plan a successful stay – and it’s less than 30 minutes from Québec City! Located at the edge of magnificent Lac Saint-Joseph, Duchesnay is the perfect all-in-one nature destination for fun outdoors. You can also discover the pleasures of fine dining, enjoy the quality of the accommodations, explore an aerial circuit high up in the trees, and venture out on the water for a nautical excursion or simply to cool down.

Parc national des Grands-Jardins

Located a mere 90 minutes from Québec City, Parc national des Grands-Jardins will charm thrill-seekers in search of an outdoor getaway. Why not test your mettle on a via ferrata circuit? A shot of adrenaline is guaranteed! Water lovers will be enticed by an array of activities that are sure to make a big splash, including stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and rabaska canoeing. Hiking enthusiasts will be seduced by the many hiking and backcountry expedition trails at their disposal.

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