Where to go in Gaspé?
The Gaspie’s wild animal park
The Bioparc is home to forty native animal species of the Gaspsie in a setting that evokes their natural environments. Along the outdoor trail, experiment discovery activities, attend animal meals and observe more than 70 plants species.
Discover the world of the Insectarium and its impressive collection of live and mounted insects. See also the little farm and its variety of domestic farmyard animals.
New: Spend the night on the Bioparc site with âOvernights with the Wolves and explore the tidal pools and bars of Bonaventure with our boat excursions.
Also at Bioparc: children's playground, restaurant, give shop, picnic areas and large free parking. In addition, Bioparc offers seaside cottages rental.
Gaspé has several important parks
provincial park of Gaspé is a jewel of 802 km2, where the potential
varies with the altitude; from boreal forests to sub alpine forests, to
tundra and much more. With a little luck, it will be possible to see a
herd of wood caribous who like to live at the top of the mountains.
• The Forillon
national park marks the end of the chain of the Appalachian Mountains,
which have their roots in the southern United-States. The scenery was
modeled, millions of years ago, by the action of the waves combined
with the power of erosion, At Forillon National Park, which stretches
244 km² (94 sq. mi.), you'll be staggered by the impressive scenery.
Discover a true sea of mountains at the Réserve faunique des Chic-Chocs
and the Parc national de la Gaspésie, two exceptional sites for
observing moose and caribou (the latter can be seen at the summit of
• The provincial park of l'Ile-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé offers a
breath taking view. More than 200,000 birds nest on the island,
including a colony of Fous de Bassan; an ornithologists' dream.
conservation park of Miguasha is the rendez vous of paleontologists.
Spores, plants, invertebrates and 23 species of fossil fish are
imprinted in stone.
Where natural attractions bloom
Gaspé region is overflowing with world-renowned jewels like the Parc
national de Miguasha, a fossil-rich site that UNESCO has placed on its
World Heritage List, and the Jardins de Métis (Reford Gardens), a
corner of horticultural paradise that was created between 1926 and 1959
and inspired by the English garden. If you enjoy hiking, don't miss the
Sentier international des Appalaches (International Appalachian Trail),
with its 644 km (400 mi.) of trails and numerous shelters and
campsites! The many crystal rivers of the Gaspésie region are teeming
with Atlantic salmon, making it a prized destination for local and
visiting fishermen! And for sheer relaxation, visit the Chaleur Bay,
which attracts vacationers every summer seeking its temperate waters
and superb beaches, which are sheltered from the wind.
region will charm you with its exceptional natural beauty!
Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park
Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park is located in a section of the St.
Lawrence Estuary and the Saguenay Fjord, and is the first park in
Québec to preserve an exclusively marine environment. The park is
distinguished by its sea bottom scenery and its creek, which is the
longest and most southerly in Eastern Canada. The confluence of waters
in the park creates plumes and rips zones where fish, birds and marine
mammals form a dynamic ecosystem.
activities at Saguenay–St. Lawrence include sea kayaking, hiking,
diving, and lighthouse tours. If you're not swimmer, don't worry -- the
park's Discovery Network sites will take you on dives to the depths of
the marine world and bring you the beauties of one of the world's
longest fjords -- without ever getting your feet wet!
also offers opportunities to learn about the area's cultural heritage
and 8000-plus years of human history. Saguenay-St. Lawrence is open
Old Port of Québec Interpretation Centre
During the 19th century,
shipbuilding and the timber trade made the Old Port of Québec one of
the five busiest ports in the world. The port was crucial to the
development of the city of Québec and the country as a whole.
At the Old
Port of Québec Interpretation Center, you can view exhibits on the
history of the craftsmen of days gone by, and on the sailors and
shipbuilders who called the port home.
Take a walk with a costumed interpreter who, posing as a period
character, will guide you through narrow streets and unknown places
rich with historical significance. With amusing anecdotes and unusual
events, he or she will reveal the colorful history of one of the oldest
your day with an educational cruise on the river and a trip to the
observatory, which opens onto a panoramic view of Old Québec, the
present-day port and the Laurentian Mountains. The Old Port is open
Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of
Beyond the 50th parallel, along the North Shore of the
Gulf of St. Lawrence, lies a remarkably beautiful scattering of some 40
limestone islands and over 1000 granitic islets and reefs. The
territory, the Mingan Archipelago, became a national park reserve in
1984. The Mingan Archipelago offers 42 campgrounds spread over six
campsites are undeveloped, so that visitors can enjoy the full peace
and fascination of the wilderness. Approximately 24 kilometres of
hiking trails distributed over four different islands will bring you
incredible seaside vistas and lead you into the heart of the islands to
discover forests, barrens and peat bogs. Sea kayaking, boating, and
scuba diving offer close encounters with colonies of seabirds and the
seals, dolphins and whales that swim the blue vastness in which the
islands bathe. Mingan Archipelago is open year round, with most
services available from mid-June through the end of August.
La Mauricie National Park of Canada
La Mauricie National Park invites visitors to
experience the rolling Laurentian Mountains. Since its creation in
1970, the park has safeguarded a richly endowed landscape that
represents a sample of the southernmost part of the Canadian Shield.
vast plateau of rolling hills, valleys and lakes, life moves in perfect
unison with nature, and only the changing seasons mark the passage of
time, subtly retouching the landscape and enticing visitors with a
promise of both activity and relaxation.
leisurely drive along La Mauricie's Parkway will bring you to dozens of
scenic lookouts, interpretation personalized activities and exhibits.
Popular day activities include picnicking, swimming, hiking, biking and
fishing. Canoeists will find some thirty lakes directly accessible from
the parkway or through well-maintained portages. In the winter, the
park is a Mecca for cross-country skiers.
offers a variety of accommodations, from semi-serviced campgrounds to
canoe camping and wilderness lodges. The park is open year-round, but
only the southeast area is accessible during winter.
Forillon National Park of Canada
in 1970, Forillon National Park is located at the farthest reach of the
Its majestic landscape protects a representative sample of the
Notre-Dame and Mégantic mountain regions and elements of the Gulf of
St. Lawrence marine region. The presence of ten different rock
formations, colonies of seabirds and enigmatic arctic-alpine plants
give this park its unique character.
offers visitors a truly impressive range of landscapes: sheer cliffs
plunging into the sea, secluded pebble beaches and a backdrop of
majestic mountains. These landscapes are home to hundreds of species
ranging from black bears to moose to fabulous marine mammals and
incredible colonies of seabirds.
activities in the park include sea cruises, sea kayaking, fishing,
diving and swimming on the water; and hiking, cycling, rollerblading
and horseback riding on the land. A visit to the Grande-Grave National
Heritage Site offers an opportunity to learn about the way of life of
area fishing families of the early 1900s. Forillon is open year round,
with most services available from June through October.
Gatineau Park, located in the midst of the rolling Gatineau Hills on
Québec's western border, is an oasis of stunning natural beauty. The
park covers over 356 square kilometers of magnificent hills and stately
forests, and offers opportunities for recreation year round.
trips, you can hike or cycle the park's many trails, or slip on a
helmet and go off road for a rugged mountain biking experience like no
other. In the summer, you can swim or canoe at six supervised beaches,
or just relax and soak up the rays.
fall, the Gatineau Park comes alive with the color of brilliant
autumnal foliage, creating a perfect backdrop for the annual Fall
Rhapsody festival. Seen from any one of the park's many observation
points, the forest becomes a carpet of fiery reds, oranges and yellows.
In winter, the hush is broken only by the swish of cross-country skis
and the rhythmic thumping of snowshoes.
If you are a dedicated winter adventurer, the park offers the chance to
camp out in the frosty air at several overnight shelters. The Gatineau
Park is a wilderness that's close enough to visit casually and yet vast
enough to lose yourself in.
L'Odyssée des Bâtisseurs
des Bâtisseurs is a new theme park, centered around the importance of
"Water...the Essence of Our Development" through time, the land and its
people. Experience what this exciting blend of culture and
entertainment has in store for visitors of all ages. The indoor
exhibits, the updated water tower and its 360° multimedia movie, the
footpath filled with unexpected wonders and the numerous sight tours -
all set in an exceptional heritage site - make up this unique
experience an attraction not to be missed in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean.
Montréal Botanical Garden
With its collection of 22,000 plant species and varieties, it’s 10
exhibition greenhouses and some thirty outdoor theme gardens, its team
of researchers and educational programs, the Montréal Botanical Garden
ranks as one of the largest and finest botanical gardens in the world.
Whatever the season, a walk through the Botanical Garden is a source of
delight. Enjoy the blooms, fragrances and colours of the world, from
China to the Mexican desert, Japan and the Alps. It's also an
opportunity to learn about some fascinating plants and cultures. Don't
miss the First Nations Garden, which opened in summer 2001.
Parc Aquarium du Québec
The new Parc Aquarium du Québec takes you on an exciting expedition
from the boreal to the Arctic regions! Come and discover more than
3,500 specimens representing 300 species of mammals, fish,
invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles. In the outdoor park, see polar
bears and several species of seals. Our 350,000-litre Deep Sea tank is
like a plunge into the Pacific waters, where you can observe over 650
specimens. Enjoy the antics of our residents at mealtime, and discover
the little-known world of scientific research. You can handle some
marine invertebrates, like starfish and sea urchins. Learn about the
magic of the Northern Lights. Attend our multimedia show. Admire the
beauties of the St. Lawrence River from the cliff top. The Parc
Aquarium du Québec is a new world to discover all year long!
Region Capital region (Quebec City/Charlevoix)
in the spirit of 19th-century collection gardens and now recognized
worldwide as an exceptional example of the gardener’s art, the Reford
Gardens are the fruit of the devotion and genius of passionate gardener
Elsie Reford. Between 1926 and 1959, she spent every summer creating a
series of gardens spread over a total of 17 hectares. Visitors to this
flowering paradise in the Gaspé can delight in some 3,000 species and
varieties of native and exotic plants stretching along more than one
kilometre of the St. Lawrence shoreline. The Reford Gardens also host
the International Garden Festival, a unique forum for contemporary
creation and innovation in garden design.
Region Lower St. Lawrence
Bioparc de la Gaspésie
Bioparc de la Gaspésie has many unique scenes to offer: a different and
enriching way to experience the Gaspé Peninsula; a combination of
natural elements and sets created to illustrate Gaspesie wildlife
environment; a 1-km trail through five different ecosystems with 20
indigenous species of animals roaming almost free; a dynamic
interpretation program; and the chance to watch the animals at feeding
Gatineau Park extends over 356 square kilometres of forests and hills.
The Gatineau Parkway will lead you to unsurpassed panoramic views,
Fifteen minutes from Parliament Hill.
Parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville
cool calm of their country charm stands in stark contrast to the
high-rises of the towering city. While crossing the wood bridges from
one island to the next, keep a sharp lookout for Canada geese, ospreys
and great blue herons likely to dart out of nowhere at all times.