Family holiday suggestions for under $1,000

Sépaq destinations have so much more to offer for your next family summer holiday. Imagine the scenario: water and outdoor activities to brighten up your day, some well-toasted marshmallows around the campfire in the evening, and a good night’s sleep under the stars. Here are some family holiday suggestions that will delight your young ones without breaking the bank.

It should be noted that we’ve based our figures on a model family made up of 2 adults and 2 children under 17 years of age. Costs have therefore been calculated according to the list prices for summer 2017, including taxes and national park entry fees. Of course, we didn't take into consideration potential personal expenses or bicycle rental costs.

Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier
Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier - Hiking © Sépaq

Combined stay in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region

Réserve faunique de Rimouski and Parc national du Bic

Nature really is impressive! Introduce your youngsters to the rich world of wildlife during a stay that will combine fishing and outdoor discovery. First you’ll stop at Réserve faunique de Rimouski where your family can become acquainted with the pleasures of fishing. A great catch is in store! Then you’ll head to Parc national du Bic to take in the salutary sea air and do some seal watching. Unforgettable adventures guaranteed!

Where are we sleeping?

  • Family fishing package with accommodations in a cabin for 3 nights at Réserve faunique de Rimouski (fishing rod offered free of charge to all youngsters 9 to 12 years of age)
  • Camping in a ready-to-camp (3 nights) at Parc national du Bic

What’s on the agenda?

Day 1: Setting up at the campground, discovery of the site, evening fishing
Day 2: Morning fishing, mountain hiking with a picnic along the way, swimming upon return, evening swimming
Day 3: Wade fishing in Rivière Rimouski or at the angler-in-training pier (with a picnic either way), wild-strawberry picking, rowboat ride, swimming upon return, evening fishing across from the cabin, evening campfire
Day 4: Moving to Parc national du Bic, setting up and discovery of the site, campfire
Day 5: Hiking along the river, picnicking, seal watching in the company of a park warden, evening astronomy activity
Day 6: Hiking, French-language play: Un phoque peu commun, introduction to archeology, evening campfire
Day 7: Discovery activity in the company of a park warden: Le littoral sous la loupe, packing up and returning home

Good news! The same type of stay is available in the Québec City and Laurentides regions.

Combined stay in the Québec City region

Réserve faunique des Laurentides and Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier

Where are we sleeping?

What’s on the agenda?

Day 1: Setting up at the campground, discovery of the site, evening fishing
Day 2: Morning fishing, biking with a picnic along the way, swimming upon return, evening swimming
Day 3: Fishing on the lake (with a picnic either way), rowboat ride, swimming upon return, evening fishing across from the cabin, evening campfire
Day 4: Moving to Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, setting up and discovery of the site, campfire
Day 5: Hiking along the river, picnicking, wildlife watching, legends around the fire
Day 6: Hiking, French-language play: Margo, au pays des animaux!, evening campfire
Day 7: Discovery activity in the company of a park warden: La rivière à la loupe, packing up and returning home

Combined stay in the Laurentides region

Réserve faunique Rouge-Matawin and Parc national du Mont-Tremblant

Where are we sleeping?

What’s on the agenda?

Day 1: Setting up at the campground, discovery of the site, evening fishing
Day 2: Morning fishing, biking with a picnic along the way, swimming upon return, evening swimming
Day 3: Fishing on the lake (with a picnic either way), wild-raspberries and blueberries picking, rowboat ride, swimming upon return, evening fishing across from the cabin, evening campfire
Day 4: Moving to Parc national du Mont-Tremblant, setting up and discovery of the site, campfire
Day 5: Hiking to discover some waterfalls, picnicking, native americans stories and legends
Day 6: Hiking, French-language game: Duel de panaches, evening campfire
Day 7: Discovery activity in the company of a park warden: L'info-nature, packing up and returning home

Réserve faunique de Rimouski
Réserve faunique de Rimouski - Family fishing © Sépaq
Camping des Voltigeurs
Camping des Voltigeurs - Village Québécois d’Antan © Sépaq
Centre touristique du Lac-Kénogami
Centre touristique du Lac-Kénogami - Beach and swimming © Sépaq
Centre touristique du Lac-Simon
Centre touristique du Lac-Simon - Ready-to-camp © Sépaq

Camping des Voltigeurs

This Sépaq tourist resort is located close to everything. A number of activities and events take place nearby, including the colourful Mondial des Cultures (world culture festival) from July 3 to 13. Camping des Voltigeurs is adjacent to the Village Québécois d’Antan (Québec pioneer village) and bike paths aren’t far away. The campground features a heated swimming pool, playgrounds, swings, and much more.

Where are we sleeping?

  • Accommodations in a ready-to-camp for 6 nights
  • Outings for a family of 2 adults and 2 children
    • Mondial des Cultures (world culture festival)
    • Village Québécois d’Antan (Québec pioneer village); unlimited access during your stay
    • From Tree to Tree circuit

What’s on the agenda?

Day 1: Setting up at the campground, discovery of the site, swimming
Day 2: Biking and picnicking on Route verte or another biking circuit
Day 3: Day at Village Québécois d’Antan (Québec pioneer village) with a dip in the water play area
Day 4: Games and swimming at Camping des Voltigeurs
Day 5: Mondial des Cultures (world culture festival)
Day 6: From Tree to Tree circuit
Day 7: Games, sports activities, swimming at the campground, packing up and returning home

Centre touristique du Lac-Kénogami

Centre touristique du Lac-Kénogami is located in the Saguenay region. A huge lake, 136 islands, and a beach with fine sand await you. Fishing and water activities are a big hit there, as are its playgrounds for the small fry. It’s truly the perfect place to spend your summer holidays, in the midst of water, forest, and hills.

Where are we sleeping?

  • Accommodations options for 6 nights:
    • Ready-to-camp
    • Mini-cabin on the campground
    • Small cabin at the beach

What’s on the agenda?

Day 1: Discovery of the site, swimming, sand castle building
Day 2: Hiking, picnicking, swimming
Day 3: Picnicking, swimming, campfire
Day 4: Biking, swimming, petanque
Day 5: Hiking, picnicking, swimming, horseshoe contest
Day 6: Picnicking at Pointe-Taillon or Fjord du Saguenay national parks
Day 7: More beach time, swimming, packing up and returning home

Centre touristique du Lac-Simon

Centre touristique du Lac-Simon is located in the Outaouais region. Lac Simon offers clear waters and incomparable sandy beaches. A playground for children and games of all sorts await you. There’s a boat rental service right next to the site, and a mini-golf course for the amusement of young and old alike.

Where are we sleeping?

  • Accommodations in a ready-to-camp for 6 nights

What’s on the agenda?

Day 1: Discovery of the site, swimming, sand castle building
Day 2: Hiking, picnicking, swimming, evening campfire
Day 3: Fishing, picnicking and swimming at Lac de la Ferme
Day 4: Biking, swimming
Day 5: Swimming and beach games (giant trampoline, slides, rock climbing area, jungle gym, pirate boat, and climbing module)
Day 6: Mini-golf, swimming
Day 7: More beach time, sand castle building, swimming, picnicking, packing up and returning home

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