Parc régional du Mont Ham, Saint-Joseph-de-Ham-Sud, QC, Canada
Driving time from Montreal
The park has three cozy log cabins ready with a wood stove, two double beds, two single beds and a table for four. Rather roast your s’mores under the stars? All three cabins come with a fire pit for open-fire cooking. Bring a sleeping bag, a pillow and don’t forget your headlamp or flashlight.
For a different kind of camping experience, there are also five prospector tents about 500m from the reception building. Some are raised on stilts, and all are equipped with a wood stove inside, plus tables and benches to seat four or eight hungry campers. No mattresses are included, so you’ll have to bring your own or rent one at the front desk.
If you want to maximize your time outside, pack along your tent to sleep in one of four backcountry camping sites. Each one has a fire pit and a picnic table so you can set up a fresh-air feast and play cards under the stars. For a cushy sleep, pack along an inflatable sleeping pad, a warm sleeping bag, your pillow (compressible ones don’t weigh much and can make a big difference), plus a headlamp for your game of cribbage after sunset.
A few nights during the year, the park organizes camping on the summit. Try to plan a visit in August during the Perseid meteor shower.
Mount Ham Regional Park is home to one of the highest peaks in the Eastern Townships (713m) and 360-degree views of southern Quebec. With 18km of trails, there’s a lot of hiking in the area. For a nice steep climb to the top, use the Intrépide trail. At the summit, take a break, grab a snack and enjoy the view before heading back to your camp via the Panoramique Trail.
Disc golf and dogs
For a different kind of fun, play a round of disc golf, a game that mixes golf and frisbee. Mount Ham has a disc golf course located in the forest, which is great for a little challenge. Mount Ham Regional Park is also having a pilot project that allows dogs on select weekends. Make sure to check confirmed dates, keep your dog on a leash (and clean up after it, of course), and snap pics of your #adventuredog in outdoor-mode.