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Parc national de la Jacques‑Cartier

Park Experience

Explore the Laurentian Massif by Hills and Valleys

Less than 30 minutes from Québec City, Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier offers a magnificent landscape characterized by a stunning contrast: a vast mountainous plateau fractured by steep-sided valleys. The most spectacular, Vallée de la Jacques-Cartier, has a trench of over 550 m deep, through which an alternately calm and wild river flows. In the forest, where yellow birch, sugar maple and black spruce rub shoulders, nature inspires peace and respect. In winter, this panorama’s magnificent charm doesn’t go into hibernation! Clothed in white, it wraps this spot in a magical embrace that will leave you speechless.

Click here to find out about the wide range of discovery activities available in the park!


Discover the Park Through Interpretation

Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier has a rich and diversified natural environment. And the best way to discover it is to participate in our discovery activities (in French only). Through the interpretation of natural and cultural heritage, vyou’ll learn more about the park and the importance of protecting it.

Among the riches we wish to share are:

  • Stunning natural architecture: a vast plateau sliced by the majestic Vallée de la Jacques-Cartier, and softened by the last glaciation.
  • Layered vegetation: boreal, mixed and deciduous forests live side by side
  • Rich and diversified wildlife: moose, grey wolf, osprey, and speckled trout coexist here.

To guide us in developing our discovery activities, all the parks have an education plan. To find out more about the foundations of the interpretation program at Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, don’t hesitate to question our park-warden naturalists.


Discovery and Visitors Centre

During your time at the park, don’t miss a visit to the Discovery and Visitors Centre. Here you’ll find reception services, a boat rental centre, a general store and a Boutique Nature, which offers a wide variety of clothing, souvenirs, outdoors items and discovery products for kids.

Having a unique experience, an up-close-and-personal contact with nature, is exactly what you’re hoping for when you enter a national park, more often than not through the door of the DVCs. The parks’ true beating heart, these are great places to meet people, have discussions, and learn. Their space has been reinvented to better guide you on what there is “to do” and “to see” when you go out to explore and discover the national parks.

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Catch the Current!

By canoe, kayak, mini-raft of inner tube, head out to discover the breathtaking scenery of Vallée de la Jacques-Cartier.

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Canoeing on Rivière Jacques-Cartier

What a great way to explore the dazzling scenery of Vallée de la Jacques-Cartier! On an outing with family or friends, this river school offers over 26 km of pure pleasure. With sections of rapids and calm water, Rivière Jacques-Cartier leaves no one indifferent.

Our vast choice of watercraft and courses gives both beginners seeking calm waters and seasoned paddlers alike a chance to see the park from a different angle! Be on the lookout as you go! You’ll navigate through the habitat of moose, beaver and the Great Blue Heron.


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