TOP 5 CAMPING SPOTS
5: Ideal for families
The Centre touristique du Lac‑Simon is more than a campground—much more. It’s designed with families in mind, and, like a resort, it offers a host of activities from dawn to dusk. Between parachute games, nature and science talks, salsa lessons and obstacle races, you’ll never, but NEVER hear anyone whine, “I’m bored!” Besides the organized activities, there’s a play area on the beach with a trampoline, slides and a climbing rock. Did I mention the beach? Two kilometres of fine, soft sand. TWO KILOMETRES!
4: Canoe camping
Straddling the Outaouais and Abitibi-Témiscamingue regions, La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve has more than 4,000 lakes and thousands of campsites, making it a favourite destination for canoe camping and fishing. On the Outaouais side, you’ll find three fully serviced campgrounds: La Vieille, Lac-Rapide and Lac-Savary. It’s a great place to enjoy some peace and quiet, out of sight and earshot of the neighbours. Rent your canoe and explore the floating islands!
3: Pitch your tent on the lakeshore
Did you know that every campsite at Papineau-Labelle Wildlife Reserve is on a lake? Some sectors offer rustic camping: you and nature—that’s it. Quebec’s southernmost wildlife reserve has more than 700 lakes teeming with fish. Speckled trout, lake trout or walleye, catch yourself a fine supper and marvel at the starriest night sky you’ve ever seen.
2: On a peninsula
Plaisance National Park has about 100 campsites, with and without services. Near the campground is a community room with laundry facilities, a pool, a play area and a landing dock. This park is well worth exploring: it’s made up of a series of islands and peninsulas, and it’s known for the diversity of its flora and fauna. Bring your bike and discover the park on two wheels. You can also rent a canoe or a kayak, or go for a paddle in a rabaska canoe! Huttopia tents and yurts are available for those who prefer to travel light.
1: On an island
You’ve found your very own deserted (almost) island. Ahh, bliss! Thirty-One Mile Lake has about 30 rustic campsites, and if you run short of firewood, you can buy some for $10 from the nice folks at the Société d’aménagement et de gestion environnementale (SAGE) (society for environmental development and management). You can rent a canoe or a kayak at the Village récréotouristique Majopial, where you’ll also find the charming L’Huile d’olive restaurant with its impressive wine cellar. Yes, you’re a hermit, but a hermit can still appreciate the finer things in life!