Parc national de Frontenac

Find utopia in a huttopia

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Beginner-friendly

Overnight

Nature rules at the Parc National de Frontenac and it’s close enough from Quebec City for a quick escape from all things urban. Think: quiet campsites, evergreen forests, 200 different species of birds, and even a thousand-year-old peat bog. The park, located 50km south of Thetford Mines, welcomes campers of all comfort levels with scenic backcountry spots as well as serviced and ready-to-camp sites.

 

Parc national de Frontenac

Parc national de Frontenac, Sainte-Praxède, QC, Canada

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Driving time from Quebec City

2 hours

Hiking trails

8

Lakes

10+

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The essentials of getting away, your way

Ready-to-camp sites

If there are some comforts of home you just can’t live without, you can drive right up to your site, park and set up camp. The Saint-Daniel section of the park has 86 campsites and the Southern section has even more. All are close to water, washrooms and recreation spots.

But you don’t have to own a tent, sleeping bag and camp stove to enjoy nature. Frontenac National Park also has Huttopias for rent – heated ready-to-camp structures that sleep six. This is a handy option if you’re with a crew of new campers, young kids or want to pack light when you take off from the city.

Canoe camping

Seasoned adventurers consider this camping in its purest form. If you want to paddle into the backcountry, look into the one-, two- and three-night packages for canoe camping. Depending on where you’re heading, it can take a few minutes to two hours of paddling to get your site. If you don’t have your own canoe, you can always rent one from the park or show up with your own rental.

Fill your days

Between your s’mores creations and your campfire meals, spend some time seeing Frontenac’s natural side. Take a self-guided hike or explore one of the park’s two cycling paths (bikes are available for rent). Prefer getting out on the water? Float in the lake in a canoe, kayak, rowboat, SUP or even a pedal boat – rent from the park or bring your own. Plan your routes with the Sépaq Park Path Explorer app, which you can also check out in the park’s discovery and visitor centre.

Must-see peat bog

A bog might not sound that interesting, but it’s actually a pretty neat thing to check out while you’re here. The 1.5km-square Saint-Daniel peat bog is a bit of a highlight for this park. You can take an easy hike along the boardwalk, which cuts through the massive mossy expanse that’s also home home to wild orchids and carnivorous plants.

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