People come from all over the world to Canada to see animals that we take for granted. When it comes to Quebec, we’re not only filled with amazing people but awesome wildlife too. And because we are so proud of our fellow, natural neighbors, there are some incredible places in Quebec to see animals.
I remember a friend who was once in town and couldn’t get over the sight of a coyote. It’s easy to forget that what we see every day is incredibly exciting that aren’t lucky enough to have at home.
That being said, there are so many animals here in Canada, and especially in Quebec, that I would love to see.
And even though the world thinks that Canada is filled with moose roaming the streets, we can all admit that seeing an actual moose would get any Canadian excited.
So if you’re like me and are looking to find somewhere close by that will help give you a new appreciation for the unbelievable animals here in Quebec, here’s a list of six spots in Quebec to see wildlife.
Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area
Address: 570, Chemin du Cap Tourmente, Saint-Joachim, QC
Distance from Montreal: Three hours and 30 minutes
Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area is home to over 180 bird-species, 30 mammal species and 700 plant species.
As different species make their stop here at different points of the year, you can see totally different wildlife in every season, making it a definite must-visit-again.
Address: 399, Route 323 Nord, Montebello, QC
Distance from Montreal: One hour and 35 minutes
This park is as grand as its name.
Visitors can come for the day to see some of the most majestic creatures, or spend the night at one of Parc Omega’s famous wolf lodges.
The park has very clear safety instructions to follow, to keep both you and the animals safe.
Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park
Address: 182, rue de l’Église, Tadoussac, QC
Distance from Montreal: Five hours and 35 minutes
For those interested in marine life, this marine park on the coast offers great views of some amazing animals. In fact, over 2,000 different aquatic and land species have been spotted to date, including the blue whale.
You can hike the grounds, go on a whale-watching expedition or jump right in the water to kayak or snorkel.
Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier
Address: 103, Chemin du Parc-National, Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury, QC
Distance from Montreal: Three hours and 15 minutes
Parc national de la Jacques‑Cartier is considered one of Quebec’s natural historic monuments.
Spread over 670 square kilometers, with over 100 kilometers of hiking trails, you’ll discover flora, fauna, and more around every corner.
Parc national de Frontenac
Address: 599, Chemin des Roy, Sainte-Praxède, QC
Distance from Montreal: Two hours and 50 minutes
If the animals weren’t enough, the breathtaking mountains towering above are yet another reason to visit this park.
Dedicated to conservation, the park welcomes visitors to learn and discover.
Parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville
Address: 55, Île Sainte Marguerite, Boucherville, QC
Distance from Montreal: 30 minutes
Just outside of the city is a little oasis, that’ll make you forget all about the traffic and the construction.
You won’t believe that a place like this could be right next to our bustling city and you’ll meet the neighbors you never knew you had.
So grab your binoculars and your hiking shoes and see what you can discover.
We strongly advise that before you go visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security and animal rights. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and the animals.
By: Gabi Sandler