Amazing Destinations: Jacques-Cartier National Park, Québec

Jacques-Cartier National Park boasts one of the most beautiful glacial valleys in Quebec. The Jacques Cartier River Valley, the most prominent glacier landform, serves as one Canada’s best stages for fall scenery. 

The Park is open year-round, though the availability of activities and facilities vary. Entrance fees are $8.90 per adult per day. The park is free for youth under 17.

What You’ll See

The River Valley, a 550-metre deep U-Shaped form in the heart of the Laurentians. At the bottom winds a flowing river that snakes through the entire park and offers canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. 

For the best view, follow Les Loups Trail, an 11KM (round-trip) hike that brings hikers to an altitude of 727m. At this height, the view of the valley is one of the best fall scenes in the world.

If you’re travelling with kids, Les Cascades Trail is your best option. The 1 and ½ hour trail (round trip) follows the valley’s stream, and has plenty of well-maintained bridges to cross rocky or rushing waterways. 

Animals & Activities

The park offers kayaking, fishing, and canoeing until mid-October, and snowshoeing, skiing, and tubing in the winter months. Accommodations include 9 cabins, 5 yurts, and 114 campsites. Visitors can hope to see moose, caribou, grey wolves, black bears, foxes, lynx, deer, beavers, and other smaller animals.
More information and availability can be found via Sepaq’s website.