QUEBEC GETAWAYS FOR YOU AND YOUR DOG
Are you looking for a fun getaway with your dog but aren't sure which places will welcome your pet?
Look no further: we've scouted you some great locations/activities. Before setting off, please be sure to contact the park you plan to visit. At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, most of Quebec's parks and outdoor recreation centres are gradually reopening. Many require you to register online before arriving.
To allow you to travel with peace of mind and avoid disappointments, check out this useful advice.
Even Fido will fall for the charms of the Townships. Whether you are looking for a day trip or for a holiday destination, there are many options for you and your dog to experience.
1. A great road trip
The Townships Trail is 430 km long and takes you past 31 picturesque towns and villages and through stunning scenery. The Trail also highlights the area's history as far back as the late 18th century. This is a wonderful excursion if your dog enjoys car rides.
2. Parc National du Mont Orford
Starting in 2019, dogs have been allowed into most of Quebec's national parks, with restrictions in some locations. The park has some of the most spectacular views in the region and is home to a remarkable variety of wildlife.
3. Summit Drive
Encompassing the world's first International Dark Sky Reserve, this scenic route connects summits at altitudes of over 1,000 metres, with breathtaking panoramas. Seasoned hikers will find everything they wish for, and there are also easier trails that you and your dog (on leash!) can enjoy.
4. Parc d’environnement naturel de Sutton
This unique jewel of nature contains 4 summits, 2 lakes, 2 ponds and 52 km of trails. Dogs must be leashed and are allowed into all parts of the park with the exception of the Green Mountains Nature Reserve.
5. The Missisquoi trails
Explore this little-known region that encompasses the municipalities of Eastman, Saint-Étienne-de-Bolton and Bolton-Est. Get off the beaten track and reconnect with nature in all its beauty. You can also go canoeing if Fido enjoys water sports.
A walk along the shore of Lake Memphremagog is a lovely start to the day. Follow it up with a pleasant picnic and the day gets even better. And you can't leave Magog without exploring the Marais de la Rivière aux Cerises, which invites visitors to hike along its trails and discover four different natural environments (wood, marsh, swamp and bog).
Greater Montreal and the Montérégie
This beautiful metropolis has plenty of fun places for you and your dog to enjoy. In the midst of urban hustle and bustle, you will find magnificent green spaces.
1. Mount Royal Park
Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, best known for designing New York's Central Park, Mount Royal Park is a must for anyone in search of a haven of peace in the middle of the city. Access is limited.
2. Montreal's nature parks
These lovely natural protected areas are scattered across the entire length of the Island of Montreal
3. Chambly Canal National Historic Site
Some 20 km of trails are part of The Route Verte and the Trans Canada Trail. A perfect blend of city and nature.
4. Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles
Discover an impressive wildlife reserve on the outskirts of Montreal. With its self-guided routes, the park allows you to combine education with relaxation.
1. Old Québec
Why not simply wander around this UNESCO World Heritage Site? Every building in the Historic District of Old Québec is part of an open-air museum.
2. Vallée Bras-du-Nord
Over 80 km of marked trails give you a choice of shorter or longer hikes, and there is a wealth of other activities to delight the entire family, including its four-legged members.
3. Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier
A 30-minute drive from Quebec, discover the delights of one of the province's most beautiful glacial valleys and its 100 km of trails. You can hike along the shores of a river or through the heart of a birch wood.
4. Les Marais du Nord
Located on the western shore of Lake Saint-Charles, these "northern marshes" with their 8 km of nature trails are a bird-watchers' paradise: 160 bird species have been identified in the park.
Nothing can beat the Laurentian resort area when it comes to making you and your canine buddy happy!
1. Centre de plein air Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard
Nestled in nature and surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard, this charming outdoor recreational centre has kept its own special character. Among its many amenities are over 30 km of hiking trails to suit all levels.
2. Plein-air Sainte-Adèle
4 sectors and 22 paths allow you to enjoy the silence of the woods and the tranquility of the lakes. A must for nature lovers.
3. Parc national du Mont-Tremblant/p>
Dogs are allowed on most trails. This is good news for more experienced hikers, who are spoiled for choice among the 300 km of trails in this popular park and want to have their four-footed pal by their side.
4. Parc régional Montagne du Diable
Devil's Mountain Park gives you access to 80 km of trails certified by the Fédération québécoise de la Marche. If one day in this spectacular setting isn't enough for you, you can take advantage of the multiple overnight stay options.
5. Papineau-Labelle Wildlife Reserve
Straddling The Outaouais and the Laurentians, this reserve is one of Sepaq's magnificent parks and offers an abundance of wildlife for you to discover along 60 km of easy and intermediate level trails.