Frontcountry camping with a backcountry feel




Camping at Centre de plein air de Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard is one of Quebec’s best kept secrets. True, the nearby town of Saint-Adolphe – to which the campground owes its name – sees a population spike in peak seasons, but the crowds are minimal compared to what you might find at other outdoor destinations in the area.


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Driving time from Montreal

1.5 hours



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So close to home, yet so far away

Escape from the city

At Plein Air Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard, you might find it hard to believe that there are two big cities less than two hours away or a town on your doorstep. The campground is nestled on a mountainside with 144km² of outdoors to explore just outside your tent. Camping is pretty rustic – only two of the 25 sites have water and electricity, and they’re reserved for RVs. But with ample space for your tent and a few s’mores supplies, what more do you need? Plus, unlike many Quebec campgrounds, your furry friends are more than welcome to join.

Head for the hills

The trails are easily accessible from your campsite, and there’s about 30km of them to walk. With more than 400m gained in elevation, most hikes guarantee great panoramas of the pastoral surroundings. Since Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard is known for skiing in winter months, the trails allow for some sweet mountain biking in summer. Pick a path and wander into the hills.

Grab your paddle and go

The region around Saint-Adolphe has over 85 lakes just waiting to be discovered, so it’s a great reason to pack along your canoe, kayak or SUP. After you’ve camped overnight and taken a refreshing morning walk, spend the day floating on Lac-Saint-Joseph, Lac-Sainte-Marie and Lac-Théodore. You can bring your own boat, rent one from MEC, or grab a rental kayak, canoe or paddleboard by the town marina.

Meet the locals

Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard is a sleepy little town with a big heart and an easy vibe, and on weekends there’s great local entertainment. L’Ange Vagabond is one of many refurbished old homes that still have their country charm, but with modern flair. It often hosts live music with local performers – if the timing works out, head over there in the evening after exploring the lakes and before you head back to your campsite. Good snacks, great tunes and your weekend is complete.

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