Walk the trails, admire nature, breathe in the fresh air and, if you’re so inclined, climb mountains too! Sépaq offers more than 200 trail possibilities, ranging from family walks to challenging mountain hikes. It is one of the essential activities for discovering Québec’s most beautiful territories, in any season and along any trail.
Access to trails
- Maintained and sign-posted trails
- Observation decks showcasing beautiful views
- Difficulty degree : easy, intermediate and difficult
- Possibility of backpacking with overnight stay in a hut or on a primitive campsite
An entry fee applies at national parks.
What should I pack in my bags
Always check out the weather forecast before you leave, keeping in mind that conditions could change quickly, especially in the mountains.
We advise you to bring along the following items:
- Water bottle
- Mosquito repellent
- Cell phone (The isolation of certain areas limits the use of cell phones. Nevertheless, we recommend that you bring a communication device.)
- Identity card
- First aid kit
- Multilayered clothing
- Hat or cap
- Walking boots or sports shoes with a solid sole (avoid sandals)
- Walking sticks
- Boating safety kit (whistle, bailer, 15-m buoyant heaving line, watertight flashlight)
- Topographical map specific to your outing
- Waterproof bag
- Closed-toe slip-resistant shoes (Especially if portages are part of your trip)
To jog your memory, consult these checklists:
Update it as you go on more camping trips and have more experiences!
Tips and advice
National park, wildlife reserve, or other Sépaq establishments?
National parks are havens for outdoor enthusiasts. What a privilege to have access to so many exceptional territories, so close to home! Why not explore them while hiking, canoeing, cycling ... or during a discovery activity. You could take part in a fireside chat, join a guided hike, go on a commented excursion out on the water, participate in a theatrical performance, or simply talk with a park warden. Please note that an entry fee, which is 100% reinvested in your national parks, will be added to the cost of all stays.
Wildlife reserves provide a wilderness experience with great adventures in store. These destinations are also ideal if you plan to fish. Some 95% of our fishing offer is concentrated in the Sépaq wildlife reserves. You’ll find fish. Lots of beautiful fish! But make sure that you’re well equipped to get around. You may have to drive several kilometres on gravel roads to reach your accommodations sector or waterways.
Camping des Voltigeurs, Centre touristique du Lac-Simon, Centre touristique du Lac-Kénogami and Station touristique Duchesnay offer vacationers an atmosphere that can’t be beat. They’re located near a town or village where you can buy fresh produce and enjoy all sorts of regional activities.
Security and regulations
Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind on your next outing:
- Make sure you're fit and able to complete your chosen circuit. Respect your own pace and that of your partners.
- Stay on the marked trails; don't take shortcuts.
- In some areas, isolation limits the use of cell phones.
- Plan your trip with the official map of the territory or contact the park you'll be visiting for suggested itineraries. Notify someone close to you of your departure and return.
- Before you leave, it's important to check the weather forecast.
- Weather conditions can change rapidly from pleasant to difficult, especially in mountainous regions where the wind is more prevalent.
- You must take care to wear appropriate clothing. Take a multi-layer approach and avoid cotton clothing. Set aside some dry clothes for rest periods.
- Wear appropriate footwear, i.e. hiking boots or shoes.
- Every hour, take the time to stop in a comfortable place to remove your backpack, drink, and eat. Put on a fleece pullover or jacket for snack time. After resting up, you'll have more energy to get around, and you'll be more alert to deal with the unexpected.
- Drink a minimum of two litres of water a day.
Sépaq wishes you an unforgettable outdoor experience and invites you to be Careful by nature!
Here are a few important do’s and don’ts:
- Venturing outside the trails in national parks is not allowed.
- All waste must be disposed of in the appropriate places.
- Under certain conditions, your dog could be allowed in some establishments. However, no other domestic animals are allowed. Please consult our Domestic animals section.
- National parks are governed by certain rules and guidelines.
Regulations and useful information
Cohabitation with vulnerable or threatened species
We ask for your cooperation to ensure a harmonious cohabitation between visitors and the wildlife present on the territory. It is essential to preserve the peace and quiet of the various species by keeping a safe distance from them, especially those considered vulnerable or threatened, such as caribou. These species are very sensitive to disturbance and any situation that could lead to an interaction with humans must be avoided.
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