Parc national du Mont-Mégantic
A trip to the stars for the weekend
Looking for a total change of scenery? You don’t have to cross an ocean or ride an elephant! Let’s fasten our seatbelt and head to Parc national du Mont-Mégantic.
On the way, open your eyes wide and let yourself be charmed by the beauty of the lakes, mountains, and pretty villages nestled at their feet. Once there, don't be surprised if you’re immediately dazzled by the immensity of the panorama offered both day and night. This little gem in the Eastern Townships will truly give you the impression of being on another planet, at least for a weekend!
This summer, Parc national du Mont-Mégantic, with its many new features, has amazing moments of pure wonder in store for you!
New features of astronomic proportions
This year, Parc national du Mont-Mégantic will have everything needed to celebrate its 25th birthday in style. Several times per day, ASTROLab will offer a takeoff to infinity in its completely renovated multimedia room, equipped with a state-of-the-art audiovisual system. The new 30-minute Émergence : l'évolution cosmique film will take astronauts for the day on a fascinating journey from the organization of matter to the emergence of life itself. Earth to astronomy enthusiasts… an interactive app specifically designed by the park and downloadable for free will enable you to continue the adventure in the comfort of your own home.
But that’s not all! The new Cosmos virtuel experience, offering a journey through a series of immersive panoramas, will take you from Earth to the stars. Sit comfortably in your seats for a 20-minute organized activity that includes virtual reality headphones and static 360-degree panoramas.
Hiking on planet Mont-Mégantic
Parc national du Mont-Mégantic is the perfect destination for a hike. Its astonishing terrain, diverse climate, and unique natural environment unite to make it an exceptional place for all types of hikers. Whether you choose the circuit designed for families, a steeper path for more seasoned guests, or something in between, superb panoramas will unfold before your eyes, guaranteeing that feeling of being somewhere truly different, as though you were spending the weekend on another planet.
Contemplative walkers, you’ll be happy to walk down Escarpements trail, in the Franceville sector, a little corner of enchanted forest featuring various kinds of moss, lichens, and rocks. For an additional challenge in the same sector, why not explore Cimes trail and cross the sector’s spectacular rocky ridge to Pic de l’Aurore? This 835-metre-high lookout provides some of the most stunning views in the Eastern Townships. From there, you can even see the Mont-Mégantic Observatory and its ultra-high peak.
Attention seasoned hikers… Mont-Mégantic loop trail, in the observatory sector, is sure to raise your level of endorphins and quench your thirst for amazing scenery. Featuring all sorts of stunning lookout points, this wonderful 10.7 km walking experience includes passages at the foot of cliffs with the mountains seeming to loom directly overhead, blind curves leading to large openings, and rock formations buried under thick layers of green moss.
Once night falls, picture yourself around a fire, with tired legs and a light heart. In the background, an imposing starry sky lined with constellations, and absolute silence…Has your imagination taken you there? In that case, welcome to the first International Dark Sky Reserve, your cozy nest for the night. Here, in the evening, you just have to look up to contemplate the starry sky.
For a good night’s sleep, planet Mont-Mégantic has something for everyone. From camping to modern fully equipped EXP. and Écho cabins, there are all sorts places where you’ll be sure to catch some serious z’s! And for a 100% nature hassle-free camping experience, you can opt for a ready-to-camp stay.
In August, enjoy a VIP view of the annual meteor shower. At the peak of this magical moment during the summer, Perseids cross the sky and offer a magnificent show. All you have left to do is prepare your wishes!
Activities for astronomers for the day
A mesmerizing journey to discover astronomy and nature awaits our guests of all ages at Parc national du Mont-Mégantic!
During the day, a visit to ASTROLab offers an adventure tour of the biggest mysteries of the Universe. You’ll continue your visit by heading to the peak of Mont Mégantic at the Mont-Mégantic Observatory, a centre for cutting-edge research in astronomy. During the evening, under one of the most beautiful starry skies in Quebec, ASTROLab and the observatory enable you to discover the splendour of space and of the universe.
Specifically designed for our younger guests, a host of discovery activities are offered, rain or shine: exploring the stream, a film, colouring, fascinating exhibitions, and even building and launching rockets. You’ll see many stars in the sky… but especially in their eyes!
There’s no doubt that Mont Mégantic remains an all-star national park, where we can truly ask for the moon.