Moreover, roughly 30 national parks give visitors the opportunity to observe animals in the wild and enjoy a large selection of outdoor activities at any time of the year. Many of the parks are located less than two hours’ drive from either town, making it easy to combine a city break with an outdoor adventure.
The Lanaudière and Mauricie regions located north of the Saint Lawrence River between Montreal and Quebec City, also known as “Authentic Québec”, offer picturesque views, adventurous experiences and encounters that immerse visitors in the heart and soul of Quebec. The La Mauricie National Park is known for its many hills, woods and lakes. The Mont-Orford National Park is another popular national park in southern Quebec, which is best explored on foot. In fall, the sugar maple trees in the woods present an extravaganza of colours. The park is also home to white-tailed deer and great blue herons, which you can observe in their natural habitat. The park is a popular destination in winter for cross-country skiers and snowshoers.
Culturally-minded travellers should follow the trail of the Aboriginal peoples in Quebec. Quebec, the francophone heartland of North America, has established a culture within 400 years that looks back on a rich legacy. This culture was established by the First Nations, influenced by the French and British rulers and then shaped for a long time by the Catholic Church.
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