A mighty river, impressive waterfalls, mountains to conquer and forests to explore… nature is generous and always changing! Set out on foot, on a bike, on horseback or on a canoe. The show is spectacular, no matter which activity you choose. Visit parks, gardens, cruise ships, outfitters and campgrounds. They all offer plenty of ways to recharge your batteries. Outdoor fun also means watching fascinating wildlife by the sea and on land. Keep your camera or binoculars close by and get ready to capture some wonderful moments.

Natural beauty and urban attractions around Rouyn-Noranda

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Take the hiking trails in the Aiguebelle National Park, a true natural jewel of the region that stands out for its various geological phenomena with evocative names: giant potholes, volcanic pillows... Cross the 22-meter high footbridge to admire landscapes marked by the work of billions of years. Take a kayak, canoe or paddleboard ride on the waterway for an exciting experience. Tourisme Rouyn-Noranda invites you to explore the Zone Piétonne in the city center, a pedestrian area where you will have a unique experience in the region with activities, shows and festive terraces. Take the opportunity to stop at Magasin Général Dumulon, located a stone’s throw away, where the new permanent exhibition and lively experience will fascinate you.

Take a breath of fresh air at a national park

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A visit to any Bas-Saint-Laurent national park will be rich in discoveries, diversity and landscapes. While seals and the marine environment will be presented to you by the sea at Parc national du Bic, the story of a truly unique forest bordered by an immense lake awaits you at Parc national du Lac-Témiscouata.

New: a very first Route bleue (Blue Route) in Kingsey Falls in 2023!

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The superb Route bleue Kingsey Falls-Danville is among the first courses accredited by Canot Kayak Québec to discover the province’s most beautiful bodies of water! Already very popular for its beauty and its calm waters, this 15-kilometre, round-trip section will offer a remarkable navigation experience on the Nicolet Southwest River. On site, the team at SUP et cie rents paddleboards and even offers a guided micro-adventure on the river to appreciate its rich ecosystem. (Website available in French only)

CarpeDiem Aventures: to enjoy the great outdoors

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Discover the beauty of the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau with CarpeDiem Aventures, a business specializing in customized outdoor packages on land and on the water. You can rent recreational equipment such as bikes, kayaks, canoes and paddleboards. The on-site CarpeDiem Bistro serves tasty and wholesome fare prepared with local ingredients. Spend the night in unique accommodations, including micro-cabins and suspended tents, and enjoy the beautiful view of Lake Edja in the town of Blue Sea.

Pedal to your heart’s content

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Cycling enthusiasts? Head for the scenic roads of the Nicolet-Yamaska region. Ride more than 400 km of shared road cycling routes winding through a natural landscape of plains and rivers. The area is also ideal for cycle touring! Several cycling paths on offer are perfect for you to stop along the way and enjoy the local terroir or learn more about the region’s culture.

Taste the outdoors

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Nature and adventure lovers will be delighted by a trip to Vaudreuil-Soulanges. From mountain sports to activities on the water, from hikes in the hollow of the forest to horse riding through the fields, all the landscapes coexist harmoniously in Vaudreuil-Soulanges and invite you to enjoy the great outdoors. Bolt down Mont Rigaud on a mountain bike, go for a hike on the Sentiers de L'escapade’s trails or venture to the top of the trees at Arbraska. For some water fun, visit one of the region’s beaches, or rent a kayak, SUP, or even an electric surfboard! In Vaudreuil-Soulanges, you will undoubtedly find the adventure tailor-made for you.

Watch whales from the shore

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Parks Canada centers offer privileged views of the St. Lawrence Estuary and the Saguenay Fjord. Sit back and watch a minke whale feeding nearby, hear the powerful blow of a whale and follow the flight of seabirds. You can talk with passionate naturalist-guides, participate in interpretation activities and visit exhibits to learn more about the rich biodiversity of the first marine protected area in Quebec and about maritime culture. Visit with your family, your partner or your pet!

Enjoy the water at Parc national Tursujuq

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Parc national Tursujuq is an adventurer’s playground full of natural treasures. It’s the province’s largest national park, and its vast inland seas are a dream for sea kayakers and canoeists. Created by a double meteorite impact, Lake Wiyâshâkimî is perfect for bird watching – don’t miss the bald eagles! – and its hilly rocky islands offer a breathtaking view of the surrounding area. Fatbikes are a great way to explore the shores. Lake Tasiujaq is another aquatic gem, bordered by towering cliffs called Hudson cuestas. Its brackish tidal waters are a haven for seals and beluga whales.

Saguenay, the ultimate cycling destination!

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Whether on the road or in the mountains, discovering Saguenay by bike is a must-do activity this summer. Choose the 435-kilometer Véloroute du Fjord du Saguenay for an adventure rich in scenery and memories. This circuit passes through several towns and villages, and offers a unique experience in those magnificent panoramas. Prefer to explore the forest and adrenaline? From Saguenay to L’Anse-Saint-Jean, you’ll have plenty of trails to try out, given the large number of mountain bike centers with diverse profiles. For a weekend or a vacation? With friends or family? There’s something for every taste and level. 

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