Parc national de Frontenac, Sainte-Praxède, QC, Canada
Driving time from Quebec City
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.
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.