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Parc national de la Jacques‑Cartier


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Open in the winter


Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier lies in the Laurentian Highlands in the Québec City tourism region. It can be accessed by Route 175 and exit 182, Chemin du Parc-National.

Area: 670 km2




Chicoutimi Sector

Vallée Sector

41 km

289 km

170 km

L'Épaule Sector

61 km

309 km

150 km

Sautauriski sector

67 km

315 km

144 km

Jumeau Sector 88 km 336 km 123 km


Access and Operating Period

Get directions

Vallée Sector

From Québec City:

  • Take the Route 73 N (follow directions for Saguenay), which becomes the 175 N. The entrance to the Vallée sector is near exit 182, Chemin du Parc-National. The distance from downtown Québec City to the entrance to La Vallée sector is 40 km. It is another 10 km to the Discovery and Visitors Centre.

Additional Information

The park is open year-round. To plan your activities better, check when services are available in each sector.

Road Information

Exit 182, chemin du Parc-National
Rte 175
Stoneham et Tewkesbury

47˚ 06’ 30’’ N
71˚ 20’ 50’’ W

Vallée Sector

Opening information for Chemin du Parc-National:
From Mid-May to the first snowfall: open up to km 33, depending on weather conditions
From the first snowfall to Mid-May: open up to the Discovery and Visitors Centre (km 10)

These dates are subject to change depending on weather conditions. We strongly advise you to contact us at 418-0848-3169, extension 6 to find out about road conditions.

Discovery and Visitors Centre

Services: Reception and information, equipment rental, Boutique Nature, first aid service, General store.


  • October 15 to December 13, 2019
    • every day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • December 14, 2019, to March 29, 2020
    • Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • March 30 to May 7, 2020
    • every day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • May 8 to June 12, 2020
    • Monday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • June 13 to September 7, 2020
    • every day, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • September 8 to October 12, 2020
    • Monday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Lac à l'Épaule Sector, Sautauriski Sector, Jumeau Sector

Visit the Camp Mercier Web page

Universal Access

The following areas offer access to the mobility-impaired:

  • Discovery and Visitors Centre
  • Alluvions campground (washroom facilities and some campsites)
  • Belleau and Pont-Banc picnic areas (washroom facilities)


Boutique Nature and General Store

This shop is located in the Discovery and Visitors Centre. It offers a wide range of souvenir items, adult and children's clothing, heritage discovery products for young people, and outdoor items. It also offers educational products, such as books and activity books. The general store offers convenience items and ready-to-eat food.

Equipment Rental

Boating Equipment

  • Canoe
  • Open kayak, solo or tandem
  • Kayak for child
  • Inflatable dinghy
  • Inner tube
  • Mini-raft
  • Stand-up paddle
  • Wetsuit (Wearing a wetsuit is mandatory when the water temperature is below 15 degrees Celsius.)
  • Safety helmet
  • Dry bag, watertight cask


  • May 16 to October 12, 2020
    • Variable schedule. Please call 1-800-665-6527 to reserve a watercraft or a space on the shuttle for the river descent. For information about river conditions, please call 418-848-3169. See the various itineraries available.

Rental by-the-hour

  • June 20 to September 13, 2020
    • every day, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • September 14 to October 12, 2020
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Outdoor Equipment

  • Snowshoes (adults and childrens)
  • Fatbikes
  • Walking pole
  • Walking cleats
  • Backcountry skis
  • Hok skis
  • Baby-carrier sleds
  • Baby-carrier

Period: year-round

  Transport Services

SUMMER Shuttle service that takes passengers and their equipment to designated launch areas.

Schedule and rates
Limited number of places.
Reservations required at
1 800 665-6527.
FALL Shutlle for hikers from the Discovery and Visitors Centre to Pont Banc. Free service.

No reservation required.
WINTER Baggage transport service with rustic shelter La Cachée and Le Balbuzard accommodations.

Details and rates
Limited number of places.
Reservations required at
1 800 665-6527.

Additional Services

Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, in collaboration with Happy Yak meals, offers a ready-to-eat food service. Ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, Happy Yak meals are delicious, easy to prepare and lightweight for transport. They provide enough calories to meet the nutritional needs of fans of the great outdoors and the portions are very generous.
Discover Happy Yak products (about fifteen main dishes, five meal soups, and several desserts) at the Discovery and Visitors Centre. Happy Yak meals, accomplices in your outdoor adventures!

Ready-to-eat service with Resto Plaisirs

Something new! Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier is pleased to offer its cabin guests an online ready-to-eat service. A comforting winter warm-up menu provides guests with several choices, including starters to share, lunch, suppers, and even dessert.

Servings for 2, 4 or 6 people. Orders must be confirmed at least 72 hours before the stay at the establishment. You can pick up your delivery at the Discovery and Visitors Centre.

Order online (in French only)

Services for families

To better plan your activities, please consult our family services.

Nearby Services

Many beds & breakfasts, inns, motels, and hotels are located near the park.

Public transportation services from Quebec City to the park

Outdoor enthusiasts currently have a choice between two public transportation services to travel from Quebec City to Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier without a car.

Quatre Natures shuttle

Every day of the week, all year round, you can take the Quatre Natures shuttle from Place d’Armes (9 a.m.) or from Gare du Palais (9:10 a.m.) to go directly to the discovery and visitors centre at the heart of Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier. Booking required. The return trip will be at 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. (depending on the season) from the discovery and visitors centre (travel time: 45 minutes). Details

Intercar bus line

On Saturdays and Sundays, until October 14, 2019, you can board an Intercar bus from Gare de Sainte-Foy (6 a.m.) or Gare de Québec (6:40 a.m.). The bus will drop you at the entrance of Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, where a park shuttle will take you to the discovery and visitors centre (km 10 – arrival at 7:30 a.m.). In the afternoon, you’ll take park transportation again at 2:50 p.m., then the Intercar bus to return to Quebec City (3:50 p.m.) or Sainte-Foy (4:25 p.m.). Details

During the rest of the year, you can also get to the park entrance via the Intercar bus line (3 round trips daily), which runs between Québec City and Alma. For information, call 1-888-861-4592. The bus will leave you near the park entrance, at exit 182 of Route 175 North. You’ll have to go under the highway’s viaduct and walk 400 m to reach the park’s self-registration post. Then there are 3 km to cover before you reach the beginning of the de l'Éperon and de la Toubière trails, and another 10 km before you arrive at the Discovery and Visitors Centre, where a view of the Jacques-Cartier river valley awaits you.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
103 chemin du Parc-National
Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury (Québec)  G3C 2T5

Telephone : 418 848-3169, ext. 6

Fax : 418 848-1372



Regulations are in effect in Québec national parks. Before going to a national park, check the main rules and recommendations to better plan your visit. Details

Domestic animals

Since May 17, 2019, dogs are allowed. However, they are only allowed in certain areas. Check out the applicable rules and authorized sites.

Guide dogs and service dogs are allowed everywhere. Other pets are still prohibited in national parks.


In order to minimize the impact on wildlife and on the customer experience, Sépaq does not allow recreational drone use at the establishments it manages. Find out more


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Summer Activities

Winter Activities

Camping and accommodations

External Links

QuébecOriginal Camping Québec Fédération québécoise du canot et du kayak : Info-débit Québec City Tourism Regroupement des stations de ski de fond de la région de Québec Youth Hotel (Hostelling International Canada)

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