Canada is one of the best destinations for versatility and adventure. If you are on the lookout for a great place to take your family and get back to nature then the ‘other’ Quebec is a great option. Many people choose to visit Montreal but never get a chance to see the rest of Quebec and all of the amazing things to do outside of the city including Quebec tours.
One great adventure, for example, is an exciting canoe trip. You travel out to a remote setting in the wilderness for approximately 2 – 5 days on crystal clear lakes. The wildlife is all around you from moose and barred owls to black ducks and bank swallows and you can leisurely observe all of the animals in their natural habitat. The canoe trips can take place in Mont Tremblant Provincial Park, that is near Montreal, or possibly in the Papineau-Labelle Wildlife Reserve. Included in these tours are refreshing swimming areas, and shaded campsites that the natives of the area used. The guides will also provide you with games and many things to do while you roast your marshmallows over the open fire.
But perhaps you are a bit more adventuresome and require more action than a leisurely canoe trip. That’s when the whitewater canoe trip along the Dumoine River needs to be considered. This is in the western side of Quebec and these trips are for beginners and include instructions. Most people consider the Dumoine the best river for whitewater canoeing. This river of water drops more than 500 feet from it’s beginning at Lac Dumoine to 60 miles away at the Ottawa River. Along this river are 16 sets of rapids both class I and class II and each have a name. Yes, they do have a few class III and class IV rapids but the beginner will need to be lifted or portaged around. In addition, there is time for hiking, taking amazing pictures and all around fun. Nothing is better than the beauty of taking a Quebec trip along this river.
As the weather is getting a bit cooler in Quebec you will want to look at other activities such as backpacking along the Saguenay River. The mouth of this river has had cruise ships in their waters for quite some time but the shores provide great hiking trails that even have some newly built cabins for your convenience along the way. You have a choice of a 4-day trip that will run along the northern side of the river or a 3-day hike on the southern side. If you are really enjoying yourself you have the option to do both. Each of the trips are quite different from the other as one travels close to the riverbank and the other is at a high altitude that is much colder. All of the trails have been made safe with some stairs built into the sides of the steep cliffs and they are usually dry and well maintained. It is recommended that the best month to take this backpacking trip would be in September. You will be required to carry your food, a light sleeping bag as well as your own personal gear. You will have the time of your life in this beautiful area of Quebec.
The Quebec tours have something for everyone and also something for every time of year. When the weather becomes cold and winter settles in the most fun you can have in the snow is cross-country skiing that goes from cabin to cabin. These cross-country expeditions begin and end northeast of Montreal in Quebec at a place called Reserve faunique de Papineau Labelle. You can bring a group of your friends or family and choose your own dates. The peaceful trails and the beauty of the scenery is enough to bring one back time and time again. The views when you reach the hilltops are breathtaking and cannot be matched as you look out on the rolling hills of the Laurentian valleys. You are, as they say, one with nature, amidst the wildlife that abounds all around you. These tours have included in the price, the transport of your gear on snowmobiles, which will allow for freedom to travel. The cabins along the way will accommodate from 4 – 12 people on this trip and there are options for side trips as well.
As you can see, taking Quebec trips can be exciting and exhilarating. So get away from the city for a while and enjoy what Quebec’s nature and countryside has to offer. You won’t be sorry that you did.