Not far from Montréal or Québec City, you’ll find outdoor wilderness adventures, nature, cultural heritage, and history in the Laurentians region. You’ll then visit Lanaudière-Mauricie, and experience truly authentic Québec, including a wealth of outdoor activities like paddling, fishing, wildlife watching, hiking, and mountain biking.
ItineraryPLAN YOUR TRIP
Day 1Welcome to the Laurentians
Poisson Blanc provides the distinctive experience of camping on one of 100 islands on the reservoir that are accessed by canoe or kayak, or you can opt for modern cabins by the reservoir for an elegant way to immerse yourself in the landscape here. Sea kayaks, canoes, or paddle boards are available to rent by the day from the pavilion to explore the waterway. You can also hike along the reservoir for amazing views of the archipelagos with some trails only accessible from the water.
Enjoy an evening meal at Microbrasserie du Lièvre in Mont-Laurier and try the escargot. Then make your way north of Parc régional Kiamika to Aventures Kiamika and choose from accommodation options like prospector tents or tiny homes. You can access the ecolodge by road, lake, or seaplane. Try out a range of outdoor activities here like canoeing, kayaking, or hiking, and take a nature tour with interpretation from a First Nations guide.
Day 2Try Adventure Sports
Drive 25 minutes to the charming town of Sainte-Agathe-des Monts and visit Tyroparc, a mountain sport and adventure park. Here adventure seekers can navigate an aerial rope course, try out ziplining or the via ferrata, or explore various hiking trails. There’s also an aerial park, La Cité des Bois, especially for kids to explore.
Cyclists will love to travel along the Le P’tit Train du Nord linear park, a 145-mile cycle path that follows an old railway line and is one of the longest parks of its kind in Canada. You can also travel the route with in-line skates. Towns and villages line the route and offer places to stop for refreshments or to explore shops and attractions.
Stop by Au Coin Pub Gastronomique near Hôtel Mont-Tremblant for bison burgers among other delicious dishes. Alternatively, another afternoon option for thrill seekers is to drive just over one hour from Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts to New World Rafting to go white water rafting on the Rivière-Rouge. Choose a half-day rafting experience open to all experience and comfort levels. If you’re tired afterward, there are plenty of accommodation options in the resort area of Mont-Tremblant.
Day 3Parc national du Mont-Tremblant
Then continue your journey to Lanaudière-Mauricie which will take around 30-40 minutes. Stay in a dome at Expérience Équinox for glamping in the heart of nature. Each dome comes with a fully equipped kitchen to fix dinner and a terrace featuring a spa and BBQ area.
Day 4Find Inner Calm in Lanaudière-Mauricie
Drive just 10 minutes to Kinadapt to learn about cani-kart, the clever off-season training routine for sled dogs. This outdoor activity is like go-karting with dogs and is a fun and unusual way to go for a ride in nature.
Here you can check into BESIDE Habitat which features a shared pavilion, gathering places, and rental cabins. Make new friends in the common areas, gather with friends and family to discuss the days adventures, and then retreat to your stylish cabin for a good night’s rest.
Day 5Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Lanaudière-Mauricie
Day 6Deeper into Lanaudière-Mauricie
Day 7Embark on an Outdoor Expedition
At Pourvoirie du lac Oscar enjoy fishing and other activities including kayak and paddle board rentals, meditation classes, mushroom foraging, wildlife watching, and more. On your way out, stop at Restaurant Zélé or Le St-Antoine de Ste-Flore in Shawinigan for a last taste of the region.