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Free outdoor activities in regional parks

Updated 22 juillet 2020

No need to spend a fortune on equipment, travel and trail fees to access nature. Even the smallest purse can enjoy nature's bounty...

Here is a selection of regional parks in Quebec where you can hike and/or bike for FREE in summer and snowshoe, fatbike or cross-country skiing in winter!

Other services can be offered within the regional parks for a fee ($).
 

Free access in 13 regional parks

Lower St. Lawrence / Gaspésie

Parc côtier Kiskotuk

Connect with nature on nearly 30 kilometers of breathtaking humanized coastal landscapes where the St. Lawrence River, mountains, marshes and islands blend harmoniously. The park features a network of 10 km of hiking trails, access to the Route verte by bicycle, and kayak launching points near Rivière-du-Loup.

Parc régional de la Seigneurie du lac Matapédia  

The park has easy to intermediate level hiking trails with impressive elevation changes offering a breathtaking view of Lake Matapedia and the valley. In total, 7 loops from 1.4 km to 6.4 km dedicated to hiking in addition to 50 km of trails and roads offer mountain biking.

Parc des Chutes

The fall of the Wolf River is undoubtedly one of the most photographed attractions of the city! At a height of 33 meters, it sprays the imagination of those who take the footbridge across the river or observe from below the broths that flow in a deafening din.

9 km of hiking trails as well as rest and picnic areas invite you to relax and discover.

Saguenay - Lac-Saint-Jean

Grandes Rivières Regional Park

A fabulous playground for nature and outdoor enthusiasts, the Regional Park offers ten sectors to discover a generous nature and a multitude of activities including 43 km of hiking trails and 40 km of cycling trails.

Centre-du-Québec

Grandes-Coulées Regional Park

It includes two sectors: the Old Forest with 10 km of trails along the magnificent Black River and the Grande tourbière de Villeroy with 3 km of trails, including 1.2 km of the boardwalk. The latter is in the process of becoming a protected ecological reserve.

 

Mauricie

Parc de l’Île-Melville

Hiking or biking trails in the middle of nature! Located in the heart of the city of Shawinigan, the Parc de l'île Melville is a large territory of nearly 160 hectares, wooded on most of its surface and bordered by the Saint-Maurice River.  You will be able to hike more than 15 km of trails in the forest or have direct access to the Route Verte by bicycle.

Parc nature La Gabelle

Located on the site of the La Gabelle hydroelectric power plant, the park offers a network of hiking trails where you can admire art nature sculptures scattered throughout the park. Go to the lookout that will give you a breathtaking view of the St-Maurice River and the unique Art Deco power plant.

Laval / Laurentians

Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles

An ecotourism destination, the wildlife refuge of the Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles is the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors. Admire the flora of the many marshes, islands and shorelines of this oasis with the 14 km of short trails crossing the different ecosystems.

It is also possible to rent a boat ($) to cruise through the islands of the important Sainte-Rose archipelago.

 

Parc linéaire Le P’tit Train du Nord

The P'tit Train du Nord is 234 km of multifunctional trails located between Mont-Laurier and Bois-des-Filion. A great way to discover the panoramic towns and villages, historic train stations, gourmet stops, and the beautiful landscapes of the Laurentians.

 

 
Montérégie

Parc Les Salines

Taking its name from the many salt water springs of this land, the Parc Les Salines offers 6 hiking trails of less than 5 km each.

Parc régional de Beauharnois-Salaberry

The Beauharnois-Salaberry Regional Park offers you a kaleidoscope of breathtaking landscapes and ambiance, all within a one-hour drive from Montreal. There are more than 70 km of flat, paved and multifunctional trails along the St. Lawrence River and its canals for cyclists, pedestrians and in-line skaters.

 

Parc Michel-Chartrand

Enjoy the joys of nature in the heart of Longueuil! The vast forests and green spaces of this privileged site include a conservation area and offer the possibility to practice many outdoor activities. Fascinating flora and fauna can be discovered in complete tranquility and at your own pace. Nearly 20 kilometers of bicycle paths, hiking trails, cross-country skiing and an ecological trail criss-cross this urban forest.

The La Riveraine trail, part of the famous Route verte, also runs alongside Michel-Chartrand Park.

Parc régional des Grèves

Accessible to all, the Parc régional des Grèves is an exceptional natural area composed of a mixed forest, a century-old pine forest and several peat bogs. This territory, which borders the shores of the St. Lawrence River, offers an astonishing variety of ecosystems where land conservation and outdoor activities complement each other advantageously.

Moreover, a 1.4 km elevated footbridge connects the two sectors of the park that would otherwise be inaccessible due to the presence of wetlands. This considerably enhances the potential of the network of four-season hiking trails with a 10 km loop.