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Québec is not only close to nature, but it’s in it. From a mile-high list of parks to outdoor thrills that will get your blood pumping, the only concern you’ll have is wishing you had more time to experience it all. This multi-seasonal playground is a stunning landscape dressed up in lush mountains, quiet lakes, flowing rivers, and dramatic waterfalls.
Carve out time to climb up steep steps for stunning, up-close views of Montmorency Falls. Enjoy an afternoon picnic near a pond. Take a coastal drive bordering St. Lawrence River for a variety of vantage points.
Whether you’re looking for a laid-back refuge away from the city or hair-raising action that’ll earn you bragging rights, you’ll find it in Southwestern Québec and Central Québec, home to relaxation and recreation. Montreal and Québec City and their surrounding areas have lots to offer so wear your comfortable walking or hiking shoes for an adventure of a lifetime.
Sprawled across 34 hectares of mid-city scenery, La Fontaine Park offers visitors an enticing respite from the hustle and bustle of the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough in Montreal. Featuring plenty of outdoor recreation, history, and family-friendly activities, the park is favourite among visitors and residents alike.
Don’t miss paddling on the park pond, enjoying the many ball fields, letting the little ones – dogs included – enjoy the playgrounds and dog park area, and the many historical statues and monuments throughout. Plus, top attractions like the Calixa-Lavallèe cultural centre and Thèâtre de Verdure are found at the park.
Sprawled across 80 hectares, Maisonneuve Park serves as a respite from the surrounding hustle and bustle of Montreal. Apart from the abundant outdoor recreation, top attractions at Maissoneuve include the Montreal Insectarium and Montreal Botanical Garden.
Outdoor must-see part amenities include the two ponds, 18-hole golf course, and over three kilometres of biking trails. Too, on June 24th, the park hosts the annual Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day concert, known to the locals as Fête naitonale Québec.
Québec travelers should include a visit to Quebec City to see one of Mother Nature's best works. Visit Montmorency Falls Park north of downtown Québec City in southern Québec to see the breathtaking 275-foot Montmorency Falls. The beautiful falls are 98 feet higher than Niagara Falls, and span 150 feet wide across the Montmorency River, before dropping into the Saint Lawrence River.
Visit this magnificent park to view the falls from numerous lookout points. Enjoy a ride in the park's aerial tram for a wonderful view of the falls or walk across the suspension bridge for yet a different view. Time your visit to the park for the annual international fireworks competition to view the fireworks at night in front of the falls.
Visitors to southern Quebec have plenty of options for fun in Montréal – known as "Canada's Cultural Capital." One of the city's must-visit attractions is the Montréal Botanical Garden – welcoming nearly 700,000 annual visitors. A National Historic Site of Canada, this 75-hectare park remains one of the largest botanical gardens in the world.
Visit this incredible garden to view its 22,000 plants and cultivars in the 30 gardens and 10 exhibition greenhouses. Enjoy strolling through the Aquatic Garden, Rose Garden, Alpine Garden, Youth Gardens, Peace Garden, the Arboretum, and the Courtyard of the Senses. Be sure to see the Lion de la Feuillée.
Home to the 1976 Summer Olympics, the aptly named Olympic Park is a small district in Montreal. The park most notably houses both the Olympic Stadium and Montreal Tower, among other venues.
The district sits adjacent to Maisonneuve Park, giving visitors easy access to outdoor recreation and both the Insectarium de Montreal and the Montreal Botanical Gardens. Sports fans will surely enjoy stopping by some of the historic sports venues, like Olympic Athletes’ Village and Pierre Charbonneau Centre.
Located in the heart of Québec City, Quebec Metro High Tech Park is a thriving business community and home to over 5,000 workers. Businesses at the park specialize in technology and research and development, including names like Ste-Foy Nissan, CRIQ, Infiniti Québec, and more. The park is easily accessible, found at the intersection of CA Highways 73 and 40, and only minutes from nearby Jean-Lesage de Québec.
Set along the Lièvre River, Toussaint Lachapelle Park is a charming urban park located in Mont-Laurier. The park is primarily known as the home of “the Draveur,” a large sculpture built by Roger Langevin in 1979.
The park also hosts concerts and other special events throughout the year – primarily in the summer. Park goers will enjoy quaint, wide-open spaces along the river, as well as outdoor recreation.