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Go wild in Quebec with a wilderness holiday

Go wild in Quebec with a wilderness holiday
Québec is sharing the top wilderness holidays for travellers looking to explore the vast protected areas, national parks, forests, mountain ranges, rivers and lakes that this Canadian province has to offer.

From kayaking with whales in Tadoussac to mountain biking the old forest roads of the Matane Wildlife Reserve, Québec is a dream destination for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts looking to experience the wilds of North America.

With daily direct flights from Heathrow and Gatwick, weekly direct flights from Glasgow as well as indirect flights from eight regional airports, Québec is easily accessible for UK travellers. The city of Montréal is the entry point to Canada’s largest province, with convenient onwards connections to wilderness areas such as Anticosti Island, the Gaspé Peninsula and the Saguenay Fjord.

Here is Québec’s selection of wilderness and wildlife holiday packages:

Under £1,500

Quebec

Le Monastère des Augustines is situated in the heart of Québec City

Wellbeing Escapes is offering a five-night Wellbeing Booster holiday to Québec with an emphasis on wellness of the mind, staying at the four-star Le Monastère des Augustines in the heart of Québec City from £1,132 per person based on two sharing. Highlights of this holistic holiday include daily group activities such as guided walks, yoga, Pilates, meditation and dancing, spa treatments including reflexology and deep therapeutic massage, as well as access to the onsite museum and heritage site. Price includes return flights from London to Québec City, breakfast, accommodation and a full programme. For more information, or to book, visit wellbeingescapes.com or call 020 3735 7555.

Canadian Affair is offering a six-night Wildlife and Adventure Self-Drive holiday spending time in the wilds of Quebec with experiences along the shore of the St Lawrence River from £1,349 per person. Guests will stay in Montreal, Saint Alexis des Mont, Tadoussac and Quebec City, with highlights of the trip including a stay at the Hotel Sacacomie, a beautiful lodge-style hotel surrounded by forests overlooking Lake Sacacomie, and a stay in Tadoussac on the shores of the St Lawrence river, where guests can take a whale watching zodiac cruise. Price includes return flights from London Gatwick to Montreal, six nights room only and meals included on selected days. For more information, or to book, visit www.canadianaffair.com or call 020 7616 9933.

Under £2,500

Quebec

Enjoy wildlife, activities and relaxation in an untamed setting in the heart of Québec

Frontier Travel is offering a seven-night package with three nights staying at the four-star Chic Choc Mountain Lodge in the wilds of Gaspesie, Eastern Québec, from £2,275 per person. Designed in harmony with the natural environment, the lodge offers cosy accommodation with no mobile phone reception, just activities and relaxation in an untamed setting. The lodge accommodates just 36 guests and offers superb views of the surrounding mountain peaks, the Chute Hélène waterfalls and miles of beautiful forest. Package includes two nights in Montréal, two nights in Québec City and three nights in Gaspesie with full-board accommodation, international flights from the UK, seven days’ intermediate car hire, transfers, guided hiking, mountain biking and animal observation, departing between now and 11 September 2017. For further information, or to book, visit www.frontier-canada.co.uk/hotel/view/chic-choc-mountain-lodge-gaspesie-quebec or call 020 8776 8709.

Evaneos Travel is offering a three-week Quebec Wilderness Tour to explore the natural beauty, wildlife and diverse landscapes of Québec from £2,423 per person. Travellers on this holiday will explore Bic National Park with its colony of 200 seals, Saguenay Fjord where guests can sea kayak through dramatic scenery, and Forillon National Park, home to the black bear. Price includes accommodation plus taxes, most breakfasts, car rental, a personalised road book, 24/7 assistance and activities as included in itinerary. WOW air (wowair.co.uk) offers return international flights from London to Montréal from £322.20 including fees and taxes. For more information, call 0117 205 2064 or visit evaneos-travel.com/canada

Over £3,000

Quebec

There is nothing quite like getting away from it all in a floating yurt

Wildlife Worldwide is offering a 13-night wilderness adventure holiday to Québec staying at a variety of accommodation, ranging from the Bic Huttopia Camp in Parc National du Bic to the Reserve Faunique de Matane Cabins, from £3,095 per adult. Highlights of this Wilderness Québec self-drive holiday include: getting up close to beluga whales while kayaking; coming nose to nose with caribou whilst hiking in the Gaspésie; observing the black bear feasting at sunset from a safari vehicle in the Reserve Faunique Matane; and a zodiac trip to watch whales in the Saguenay Fjord. Guests will also explore the Parc National Gaspésie, enjoying a walk along the Mont Jacques Cartier Trail, and a guided caribou watching excursion. Price includes return flights from London to Québec City (via Montréal), 13 nights’ accommodation (six on B&B and seven on a self-catering basis), car hire and some guided activities. Best time to visit is between now and September. For more information, or to book, visit wildlifeworldwide.com or call 01962 302086.

For more information on Québec visit www.quebecoriginal.com/en-gb and on Canada visit www.explore-canada.co.uk

About The Author

Mike Cowton

Michael Cowton, an outdoors writer, editor and photographer with a passion for nature-based travel and wildlife. He is a former editor of EcoTravel, Outdoor Pursuits, Camping, Lakeland Walker and Which Motorcaravan magazines, and national newspaper journalist.

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