RVing Through Québec

Quebec is a province in Canada that has some of the most beautiful natural scenery in all of North America. Quebec’s rugged mountains, expansive lakes, and lush forests offer the perfect destination for an RV trip! Quebec also offers many other points of interest to explore, including Quebec City, Montreal, and Ottawa. This article will introduce you to the best RVing destinations that Quebec has to offer, which includes Charlevoix, Gatineau Park, and many other beautiful Canadian national parks.

Gatineau Park

Located just across the river from Ottawa, Gatineau Park is one of Quebec’s most popular federal parks. This park features over 183 kilometers (113 miles) of trails to explore, as well as many other fun activities. According to the locals, summer and fall are some of the best times to visit this park. At these times, the weather is temperate, and all of the campgrounds and trails are 

Things to Do

Walking, Hiking, and Biking

As stated above, there are over 183 kilometers of hiking trails to explore throughout Gatineau Park. Like most parks, these trails range in difficulty from easy to strenuous, and some of the most popular include Pink Lake Loop, Wolf Trail, and Luskville Falls. Pets are allowed on some of these trails, but not all of them. Be sure to check ahead first. 

The Capital Parkway is a paved trail that extends throughout the National Capital Region. Visitors can walk, bike, and skate on this 12.5-kilometer (7.7-mile) trail. 

Water Activities

Gatineau Park has three boat launches and permits non-motorized watercraft to paddle on and enjoy the lake. The area is perfect for enjoying a nice day on the water. Fishing is available in most lakes with a license. Didn’t bring your boat? No worries. There are rentals available. 

There are seven swimming beaches located within the park. These strictly operate during the summer only due to temperatures. The beach areas are equipped with bathrooms, washrooms, and picnic areas. 

RV Camping

Within Gatineau {ark, conventional camping is available at the Philippe Lake Sector, Renaud Lake Sector, and the Taylor Lake Sector campgrounds. Combined, there are nearly 260 campsites available that include a fire pit and picnic tables. All campgrounds offer dry camping only with no hookups or services.

Harvest Hosts Locations

Vimy Brewing Company – Ottawa, ON

Located just across the Ottawa River is Vimy Brewing Company. They’re located just over fifteen minutes from Gatineau Park. Vimy strives to create small batches of Canadian beer sourced from the finest ingredients. The results? Seven long-standing, delicious brews along with occasional brewmaster’s special releases. This Harvest Hosts location has four pet-friendly spaces for RVs under forty-four feet in length. 

La Ferme d’Orléans (Orleans Fruit Farm) – Ottawa, ON

Located just under thirty minutes from Gatineau Park, La Ferme d’Orléans is also situated just over the Ottawa River. Here, visitors can expect to find a fresh assortment of produce from May through October. That being said, this farm is the perfect place to stock up on all of your favorites, including potatoes, corn, peppers, honey, maple syrup, apples, wild blueberries, and more. This Harvest Hosts location offers two pet-friendly spaces for RVs of any size. 

Charlevoix, Québec

Charlevoix is a gorgeous region that was sculpted by an epic meteorite impact over 400 million years ago. The result is a literally magnetic landscape that is just waiting to be explored. 

Things to Do

Water Activities

Charlevoix is famous for its salt water rivers that feed directly into the Atlantic Ocean. The area is ripe with opportunities for whale watching, swimming, boating, canoeing, kayaking, paddling, and fishing . 

Trails and Routes

Charlevoix has curated special trails and routes to suit any traveler, which includes the established St. Lawrence Route that can be biked or driven. Mountain Road is best hiked or traveled via dog sled. The Flavour Trail leads from Petite-Rivière-Saint-François to La Malbaie and offers some of the best gastronomic adventures, ranging from ciders to beers, cheeses, meats, wines, and more. Charlevoix’s Art Trade Route leads travelers to some of the many talented artists and craftsmen in the region, and the local Five Summits Challenge begins June eleventh and ends October eighteenth. This challenge is great for avid hikers looking for a challenge! Lastly, Charlevoix offers a Motorcycle Tour. Be sure to bring your bike to travel along over 7,000 kilometers (4,582 miles) of motorcycle routes with some of the most scenic views around. 

Agritourism

Harvest Hosts members are typically familiar with agritourism. The concept originated in Europe and was the inspiration for the original Harvest Hosts owners to start the company. There are tons of small businesses, farms, wineries, and breweries that offer activities to attract visitors in Charlevoix. These can include property or production tours, samples or tastings, events, and more.

Visit a National Park

Quebec has an impressive twenty-seven national parks! Anyone looking to experience some of the best natural places that this region has to offer should add at least some of these to their itinerary. Some local favorites include: 

  • Mont-Tremblant National Park
  • Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé National Park
  • Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie National Park
  • La Mauricie National Park
  • Jacques-Cartier National Park
  • Forillon National Park
  • Bic National Park
  • Grands-Jardins National Park
  • Gaspésie National Park
  • Fjord-du-Saguenay National Park

Almost all of these national parks (sometimes referred to as provincial parks) allow RV camping within designated areas. If no RV campgrounds are available, be sure to check for nearby campgrounds and Harvest Hosts locations! 

As you would soon find, Canada is a large country with so much beauty to explore. Quebec offers many opportunities for visitors, ranging from great food and wine in Montreal to the majestic beauty of the Laurentian Mountains. If you want an unbeatable experience that lets you enjoy all that this beautiful country has to offer, then take your RV on a road trip across Canada! Recently, it’s never been easier thanks to our network of partners who can provide everything from rentals and repairs to insurance coverage. Take advantage of these convenient options when planning your next vacation or business trip! You certainly won’t regret it.

Have you visited Quebec in your RV? Have you been to any of Canada’s national parks or Harvest Hosts? Tell us about your adventures in the comments below!

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