Whether you’re watching black bears in dense forests or humpback whales surfacing in the St Lawrence river, the great outdoors has rarely felt greater than when you’re in Québec. And this ticket to adventure sits right on the doorstep of its bustling cities.
Just seven hours from the UK, there’s an unmissable summer experience in Québec for everyone. The sophisticated cities of Montréal and Québec City are true cultural-melting pots, with an enviable reputation for cuisine thanks to their French history, outstanding local ingredients and a new generation of inventive chefs.But just outside of the cities is every sort of adventure imaginable in the glorious wide-open spaces of Québec – tree-top adrenalin buzzes, sunset canoe trips, skiing, fjord kayaking, hiking, biking and plenty more, often all within the same resort. Sitting in the Mauricie region, just a drive away from Montréal and Québec City, are black bear observation points, while you can track moose and caribou in the Gaspésie.
Or you can head just three hours out of Québec City to go whalewatching in Tadoussac. Travellers can either make a day of the journey or get comfy in the cosy wilderness lodges for a few days before moving on to Saguenay Fjord which is home to the white beluga whale.
For the really adventurous, the myriad lakes and rivers of the far north beckon – many areas are accessible only by floatplane. And beyond them, the tundra of Nunavik territory leads to legendary Hudson Bay, where during the summer you can see polar bears in their natural habitat as well as resilient Inuit people.
With something for everyone to do and some of the most moving scenery on the planet, you’ve not experienced the great outdoors until you’ve seen Québec.
With so much to do in Québec, where do you start? Neilson Adventures’ Bears, Whales & Wildlife Extravaganza - Self-Guided trip packs a host of wildlife, scenery and activities into ten unforgettable days:
Fly to Montréal, before heading into the Québec countryside to stay first in rustic wooden lodges at the Duchesnay Station near Québec City. Here you’ll head out on an exciting bear watching trip and can also try fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking or cycling.Next stop is Tadoussac for a whalewatching cruise, before continuing to Cap Jaseux alongside Saguenay Fjord: stay in a tree house, go sea kayaking and swing through the branches on a treetop adventure.
Other highlights include a stay in prospector’s tents, caribou and moose tracking, and a sunset canoe and wildlife trip. Finally, you’ll arrive back in Québec City, for a farewell night in the historic provincial capital.