In summer it only takes seven hours to fly direct from the UK to Montréal, Canada’s second largest city and gateway to gorgeous Québec: the country’s largest province, where French is the first language, natural beauty doesn’t know when to stop and the unique culture blend couldn’t be more authentic or generously shared.
Easy to reach and easy to get around, Québec is the perfect province for nature explorers and urban adventurers. It’s kid-friendly from cool campgrounds to heritage hotels, and packed with the type of unique experiences destined to go down in family history as part of the best holiday ever.
But since it’s also one of the largest Canadian provinces, you could probably use a little local know-how to help with planning where to stay and where to go on a family holiday. So here are the top 10 family activities tried and tested by the experts at QuébecOriginal and all highly recommended for the summer. Families can also find out what the locals have to say about this extraordinary Canadian province they’re lucky enough to call home.
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With its great swathes of forest, scattered with no less than 150 lakes, not to mention waterfalls, pools and rivers, Parc National de la Mauricie is an amazing family adventure on the ground. But nothing on earth is quite as stunning as the overview of this quintessential Québec landscape from aboard one of the fantastic local seaplanes.
Catch a flight with the experts at Hydravion Aventure and glide over the woodlands and waterways of La Mauricie, watch the legendary St Lawrence River valley unfold beneath you, spot shy residents of wildlife reserves, and glimpse tantalising hints of Québec’s magnificent northern wilderness in the distance. It’s an unforgettable experience for kids, and flights range from a fun 30 minutes right up to the expansive 75 minute voyage: complete with in-flight narration and personal headphones.
Hydravion Aventure, Saint-Étienne-des-Grès, Québec
Opening hours and prices
From May to October, three flights daily, 8am to 9pm
Scenic Flight, 30 minutes, Adult from £56 and under 12 from £45
Where to stay
Hôtel Sacacomie, Saint-Alexis-des-Monts . A Luxury lakeside lodge in forest setting close to Parc National de la Mauricie
Family room with forest views, from £170 per night (based on a family of four)
How to get there
Hydravion Aventure is one hour, 45 minutes’ drive north east of Montréal on Autoroute 40N. Otherwise, take a seaplane transfer directly to your hotel in the region of Québec Authentique.