Canadian Lands & Waterways
 
Canada's national and provincial parks are the first thing that outdoor enthusiasts think of when they plan an outdoor excursion. Of course it doesn't stop there, Canada has a wealth of protected areas, including conservation areas, wildlife refuges, Ramsar sites as well as significant regional, district and in some cases municipal parks.  
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Canada Lands and Waterways

British Columbia

Greater Vancouver Regional District

  • Aldergrove Lake
  • Belcarra
  • Boundary Bay
  • Brae Island
  • Burnaby Lake
  • Campbell Valley
  • Capilano River
  • Colony Farm
  • Crippen
  • Deas Island
  • Derby Reach
  • Glen Valley
  • Grant Narrows
  • Iona Beach
  • Kanaka Creek
  • Lynn Headwaters
  • Matsqui Trail
  • Minnekhada
  • Pacific Spirit
  • Surrey Bend
  • Tynehead

    Greater Vancouver Regional District - Parks
    GVRD Park Partners

 

Regional District of Nanaimo - Nanaimo and Central Vancouver Island

Regional District of Nanaimo - Parks

 

Capital Regional District - Victoria, Southern Vancouver Island & the Gulf Islands

Capital Regional District - Parks


 

British Columbia Ecological Reserves

British Columbia Ecological Reserves - BC Parks - Ministry of Conservation

Click on the link above for information on any of the following reserves.

  • Anne Vallee - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Ballingall Straight - Gulf Islands
  • Bowser - Central Vancouver Island
  • Brackman Island - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Beresford Island - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Checleset Bay - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Clanninick Creek - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Claude Elliott Creek - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Cleland Island - Central Vancouver Island
  • Comox Lake Bluffs - Central Vancouver Island
  • Canoe Islet - Gulf Islands
  • Duke of Edinburgh - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Galiano Island - Gulf Islands
  • Haley Lake - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Harmony Bay - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Hudson Rock - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Klanawa River - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Ladysmith Bog - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Megan River - Central Vancouver Island
  • Misty Lake - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Mount Derby - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Mount Elliot - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Mount Maxwell - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Mount Tuam - Gulf Islands
  • Mount Tzuhalem - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Nimpkish River - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Oak Bay Islands - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Nitinat Lake - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Race Rocks - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Robson Bight - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Rose Islet - Gulf Islands
  • San Juan Ridge - Southern Vancouver Island
  • San Juan River Estuary - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Sartine Island - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Satellite Channel - Gulf Islands
  • Saturna Island - Gulf Islands
  • Solander Island - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Sutton Place - Central Vancouver Island
  • Tahsish River - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Ten Mile Point - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Trial Island - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Tsitika Mountain - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Tsitika River - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Woodley Range - Southern Vancouver Island

 

Conservation Lands and Wildlife Management Areas - Ministry of Conservation -
BC Parks

 

British Columbia Conservation Lands and Wildlife Management Areas

Conservation Lands and Wildlife Management Areas - Ministry of Conservation -
BC Parks


 

British Columbia Heritage Rivers

BC Heritage Rivers - Ministry of Conservation - BC Parks

  • Adams River
  • Alouette River
  • Atnarko River
  • Babine River
  • Bella Coola River
  • Blackwater River
  • Campbell River
  • Columbia River
  • Cowichan River
  • Fraser River
  • Horsefly River
  • Kechika River
  • Kettle River
  • Middle River
  • Mission Creek
  • Peace River
  • Prophet River
  • Skagit River
  • Stikine River
  • Stuart River

 


Ontario

Ontario Conservation Authorities - Listed Alphabetically

Parks of the St. Lawrence - Parks of the St. Lawrence

Ivy Lea - Camping
Riverside-Cedar - Camping, Cabins
Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary (UCMBS) - Camping, Hiking
Glengarry Park - Camping
Long Sault Parkway - Camping (Mclaren, Woodlands & MIlle Roches)
Brown's Bay
Crysler Beach

Upper Canada Bird Migratory Sanctuary
Upper Canada Village
Upper Canada Golf Course
Crysler Park Marina

Eastern Ontario Lands & Waterways

Alfred Bog is a Class One Provincially Significant Wetland and southern Ontario's largest at over ten thousand acres. The bog is home to plant species as well as innumerable varieties of birds. Note: It is forbidden to pick or in anyway disturb the plants and animals of the bog. From country road 15 follow Concession 11 to Giroux Road. You'll find a packing lot and an entrance to the bogs boardwalk loop.

Bonnechere Caves - A commercial property with 40 minute guided tours of a network of limestone caves. The site is located in Eganville. From Ottawa follow the 17 north to Renfrew where you pick up the 60 to Eganville.

Ottawa Greenbelt - Ottawa's necklace of green this wonderful mix of forest, field and wetlands provides a natural ring around the the city meeting the Ottawa River to the east and west. Mer Bleue Conservation area in the south has 20km+ of hiking trails where you can practice your nature observation. Stoney Swamp and the Pine Grove Forest area are also great places for an outting. Watch for Grey and Barred Owls, Blue Herons, Beavers, Racoons and even Fox.

Gatineau Park - Ottawa's outdoor playground is a wonderful place for nature observation particulary during the quieter months of the year. Hiking and cross country ski trails are abundant, allowing you to easily explore the park. In the warmer months camping is available.

Rideau National Migratory Bird Sanctuary - Located on the edge of the Rideau River just west of Merrickville this 800 hectare sanctuary is one of Ontario's best birding areas. Watch for Northern Shovelers, Blue Herons and dozens of geese and ducks including the American Black Duck.

Upper Canada Bird Migratory Sanctuary - Part of the Parks of the St Lawrence the park has camping and hiking trails and a birding list with over 200 species to watch for. The park is located on the banks of the St. Lawrence between Cornwall and Morrisburg south of the 401 on RR 2. Friends of the Sanctuary

Central Ontario North Forests

Forests

Copeland Forest Resource Management Area - 1750 ha, hiking, cross country skiing, group camping (Contact Springwater Provincial Park). The area has a mixed forest along with fields and marshes. In the spring songbirds are abundant, while plenty of white tales can be observed in the winter. Take the 400 north passed the 11 split to exit 121. From Highway 93, follow Copeland road to the forest.

Simcoe County Forest - (705) 726-9300

Walkers Woods - This is an area of old growth Hemlock, Cedar and Pine located in the heart of the Sauble Beach area. The area is well known for its orchids. Follow Highway 6 north from Owen Sound then head west on the 8 at Hepworth. The forest is about 1km north of the towns main traffic light on the 21.

Central Ontario North Reserves

Petral Point Nature Reserve - The reserve is a mix of fen, interspersed with Cedar, Tamarack and Black Spruce. The area is well know of its orchids .Hiking is permitted along boardwalks. Located on the Bruce Peninsula just north of Red Bay. Follow the 6 north of Owen Sound and head west to Red Bay just before Mar then head north to Petral Point Road where you head west to the reserve. Bruce Peninsula, Bruce County

Rubberweed Nature Reserve - An area of Jackpine forests and open bedrock, it is home to a variety of unusual and rare plant species. The area is owned and managed by the Federation of Ontario Naturalists. Follow Highway 6 north of Dyers Bay about 0.5 of a kilometre where you'll see the entrance on the east side of the road. Bruce Peninsula, Bruce County

Ontario Crown Land

Residents of Canada can camp without cost on Crown Lands in Northern Ontario (north of the French and Mattawa Rivers). Non-residents must acquire a permit from a district MNR (Ministry of Natural Resources) or at most establishments which sell fishing licenses.

Note: This does not apply to Central Ontario North Region which lies to the south of the French River.

Central Ontario North Birding - Georgian Bay, Lake Simcoe, Muskoka, Bruce Peninsula & Grey County

  • Bruce County Birding Reports - Bruce County
  • Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory - Bruce Peninsula, Bruce County
  • Canadian Peregrine Foundation - Owen Sound, Grey County
  • Huron Fringe Birding Festival - MacGregor Point, Bruce County

    Bracebridge Lagoons - Birding, hiking and cross country skiing. This is reputed to be one of the best birding areas in the Muskokas. Songbirds and warblers are plentiful in the spring and fall, while the summer sees a wealth of shorebirds and waterfowl. The area has an observation tower. Head north on the 400 to the 11 split. Take the exit at Muskoka Falls and head west, then turn left on the 16 to James Kerr Park. The lagoons are just up the hill. Muskoka

    Bruce Peninsula - Over 175 species have been recording nesting on the peninsula. The eastern shore, near the north of the peninsula, have a large variety of waterfowl particularly in the spring. In the early spring you'll also be able to observe Osprey and Bald Eagle since the peninsula provides a land corridor to migrating raptors. Bruce County

    Bognor Marsh - 620 ha, hiking, This mix of forest and wetlands has a boardwalk as well as an observation tower. Species you're likely to see include Pied-billed Grebes, Black Crowned Night Herons, Terns and Bitterns. Follow Highway 10 north to Rockford just south of Owen's Sound, head east on the 18, passed the turnoff for Heath Head, to Concession Road 4. The marsh is located on the north side of the 18. Grey County

    MacGregor Point Provincial Park - Friends of MacGregor Point hold the Huron Fringe Birding Festival each Spring. The park has varied habitat, including wetlands, forest and shoreline. There is a Ducks Unlimited pond with observation tower. Species you're likely to observe include Pied-billed Grebes, Caspian Terns, Black Crowned Night Herons, Blue Herons, Mallards, Wood Ducks, Black Ducks and Red Shouldered Hawks. Bruce County

    Nottawasaga Island Nature Sanctuary - The island has restricted access but birders can take advantage of the Silver Creek Wetlands, on the mainland, to observe some of the islands nesting species which come inland to feed. This includes Great Egrets, Northern Pintails and a variety of Herons and Mergansers. Located off shore in Nottawasaga Bay about 3km west of Collingwood. Take the 400 passed Barrie and pick up the 26 to Collingwood. Simcoe County

Central Ontario North - Bird Sanctuaries, National & Provincial Wildlife Areas, Migratory Bird Sanctuaries

Chantry Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary - The island has restricted access but a variety of the islands nesting species can be observed from the Southampton shoreline and along the shore road to the south. Watch for Black Crowned Night Herons, Ring Billed Gulls and Double-Crested Cormorants. The island is located just off of Southampton and is managed by the Canadian Wildlife Service To reach Southampton follow the 10 to Owen Sound then head west on the 21.

Eleanor Island National Wildlife Area - The island is a nesting area for a variety of birds and has restricted access. With a boat you can observe the birds from a distance, but be sure to keep your distance, and don't make a wake, which can be a problem for nests. Southern Lake Muskoka just north of Gravenhurst, Muskoka

Tiny Marsh Provincial Wildlife Areas - 900 ha. The area is comprised of forest, field and marsh. Over 250 bird species have been recorded at the marsh. Amongst the heavy concentration of water fowl watch for Virginia Rails, Black Turns, Least Bitterns and Pied-billed Grebe. There is an interpretation center which is open seasonally to the public. From Barrie head north on the 27 passed Elmvale then head west on Tiny Floss Townline to the marsh.


Matchedash Bay - Matchedash Bay is at the lowest extremity of Severn Sound (south Georgian Bay) in the shield transition zone. Birds to watch for are the Black-crowned Night-Heron, Black Tern, Virginia Rail, American Bittern, Least Bittern and King Rails. Locate approximately five kilometres northeast of Coldwater and to the southeast of Waubaushene. Waubaushene, Ontario


 

 

 

Quebec

Laurentians Rivers

The areas rivers vary wildly from easy, wide, slow drifts to narrow chutes and tumbling rapids. Canoe camping, white water paddling and rafting are readily available. Have a look at the following river descriptions to find one which supports you're activity and matches
your skills.

Bazin
A description of the River is available in the "Guide des parcours 
canotables du Quebec" (French) available from the Federation 
quebecoise du canot-et-du-kayak.

Diable River

Canoe route is 45km in total with a 7km interruption at km 25. Parc Tremblant's busiest canoe river, it works it's way through several lakes, class I, II and II-III rapids, several portages (which includes a mandatory shuttle around the falls above Lake Monroe) then a few more rapids before it snakes through the the mostly calm waters (there area a few swifts which can be more significant in the spring or after a heavy rain - check with the park regarding conditions before you set out) at the bottom of the park. The lower section in the park is a slow easy drift (with current) and is used heavily by weekend canoeists. There are canoe camp sites along the route, mostly along the upper section of the river but you'll find a group like site on the lower section. Parts of the river become difficult to navigate as water levels decline in the summer, low water levels may force you to line or carry your canoe. The river is a favorite with white water kayakers in the spring when it swells from mountains melting snow. The park provides shuttles as well as rentals. The river can be accessed from the Diable entrance (Lac Monroe) while the upper sections can also be access from the Macaza entrance in the north west of the park. Diable Sector (Lac Monroe) - From Montreal take highway 15 to the 117 to St Faustin, then follow the signs north into the park. From Mont Tremblant resort take the highway around the mountain. At the T intersection take a left and follow the signs a short distance into the park. Contact the park for more information and make sure to inquire about water levels before you go. A description of the river is available in the "Guide des parcours canotables du Quebec" (French) available from the Federation quebecoise du canot-et-du-kayak.

Doncaster
The Doncaster attracts a lot of white water kayakers in the spring. 
The action is dependant on the winters snow levels and how quickly the 
snow melts.
Kiamika
Fed by the reservoir of the same name, it joins the Lievre south of Mont 
Laurier. A description of the River is available in the "Guide des 
parcours canotables du Quebec" (French) available from the 
Federation quebecoise du canot-et-du-kayak. 
Lievre
Runs through the northern section of the region. A description of the 
river is available in the "Guide des parcours canotables du 
Quebec" (French) available from the Federation quebecoise du 
canot-et-du-kayak.
Maskinonge
With its headwaters in Lac Labelle, outside of Labelle, the river 
connects several lakes as it flows south to join the Rouge. There are 
several campsites on Lac Labelle as well as between Lac Maskinonge 
and the Rouge. Take out before the bridge since the river flows 
through several sets of wicked rapids, class  IV, V and VI, before emptying
into the Rouge River above Rivington - 42km. A description of the River 
is available in the "Guide des parcours canotables du Quebec" 
French) available from the Federation quebecoise du canot-et-du-kayak.
Mazana
A description of the River is available in the "Guide des parcours 
canotables du Quebec" (French) available from the Federation 
quebecoise du canot-et-du-kayak. 
Riviere de l'Achigan 
With its source in Lac de l'Achigan in the Laurentians, the river  heads south 
than veers to the east into the Lanaudiere region,  meeting with several 
others before emptying into the St Lawrence. The river is run by white 
water kayakers in the spring.

Riviere des Mille Iles

The Riviere des Mille Illes is actually a segment of the St. Lawrence River which is divided by the Island of Montreal and Laval. The river makes up the southern boundary of the Laurentians. For recreationists the Parc du la Riviere des Mille Iles is of particular interest. The park is just a stones throw from Montreal and makes for a lazy days paddle. The parks main access points are in Laval across the river from the Laurentians but it can be accessed from several areas in on the north shore, including the Centre de la Nature de Boisbriand. The park is made up of green space on both shores and on the dozens of islands along the channel. While very much an urban area the marshes, islands and narrow channels provide excellent areas to explore. You can rent your own kayak or canoe or take advantage of the parks rabaska canoe tours. From Montreal take highway 15 (or the 13 to the 640 to the 15) and take the last exit in Laval. Head east on Ste. Rose and watch for the signs.
Parc du la Riviere des Mille Iles

Riviere du Nord The namesake for the beautiful park outside of St Jerome, the river meanders through the Laurentians, changing it's course from north/south to east/west until it feeds into the Ottawa River, south west of La chute just below Saint Andre Est. The river has a number of paddling options ranging from slow moving drifts, to some swifts and several areas of rapids with some falls to avoid. There are several areas for flat water paddling, which are serviced by a number of companies which provide, rentals and shuttles. A description of the River is available in the "Guide des parcours canotables du Quebec" des parcours canotables du Quebec" (French) available from the Federation quebecoise du canot et du kayak .

Rouge River

220km One of North America's premier whitewater rivers, it originates in the Reserve Faunique Rouge-Matawin north of Mont Tremblant Park and follows a winding course that eventually sees it empty into the Ottawa River, just north of Calumet/Hawkesbury. The river has lots of whitewater ranging from Class I to several un-runnable waterfalls on route. You will find lots of Class II to IV sections and several schools take advantage of these excellent areas for teaching. Several companies offer rafting and kayaking on the rivers lower section, as well as resort like facilities to allow you to make a weekend of it. There are put-ins and take-outs off routes 321 in the north, highway 117 in the mid section and from various points along the lower section of the river, including Huberdeau. Paddling up from the mouth of the river provides easy access to some serious white water. The river is usually navigable from May to June with water levels varying. A description of the River is available in the "Guide des parcours canotables du Quebec" (French) available from the Federation quebecoise du canot-et-du-kayak. A separate guide with a description and over 10 pages of maps with river details is also available from the Federation. Topographical maps that cover the river are as follows: 31 J/15, 31 J/10, 31 J/7, 31 J/231 G/15, 31 G/10.

Riviere Simon
Often run by white water kayakers in April and early May. Like a lot of 
the rivers at this time the paddling is unpredictable.

NOTE: Never run a river without checking with the proper authorities about current conditions and the required skill levels. In the spring the runoff brings high water levels that attract lots of kayakers to the areas rivers. If you go, be prepared, the rivers often overflow there banks and change character dramatically. Sweepers, strainers and boulders abound and last years easy paddle may be a nightmare this year. Make sure you're with someone who knows the rivers and understands the risks. Dress appropriately, the waters are really cooooold at this time of year!

These descriptions should be considered references and are not to be used as guides to the rivers listed. Where ever possible we have pointed you to sources with more complete information.

Laurentians Regional & Municipal Parks

Parc Regional Dufresne (French)

One of Quebec's small gems this is the birthplace of climbing in Quebec as well as one of the best cross country skiing areas in the province. You'll find hiking trails, crags (with over 600 routes ranging from 10 to 130m) , cross country ski trails and mountain biking single track. The P'tit Train du Nord runs through the area adding yet another dimension. Head north from Montreal and take exit 76 which will bring you into town and the park. Parc Regional Dufresne, Parc Dufresne

 

Bois de Belle Riviere - Regional

The park has a number of hiking trails, which are used in the winter for cross country skiing. There are huts you can rent for overnight stays. There are also two sugar shacks to visit in the spring. From Montreal take the 15 or the 13 north to the 640 and head west towards St. Eustache. Follow the 148 north to the park. Day use only Fee Bois de Belle Riviere

Hiking 17km+
Cycling
Swimming
Cross Country Skiing
Snowshoeing
Birding and Nature Observation

Contact:
Bois de Belle-Rivière
9009 Arthur Sauve
Box 328, Mirabel
QC, J0N 1S0

 

Riviere-du-Nord - Regional

A beautiful regional park just off highway 15 outside of Saint-Jerome. The park lies along the P'tit Train du Nord (the Laurentian's rail trail) on the shores of the Riviere-du-Nord. The Chutes Wilson are a great spectacle, particularly in the spring when the waters can be ferocious. There are over 15 hiking trails and designated biking trails within the park boundaries. The park follows the river and boasts several rapids. This is a nice outing in the fall when the colours are changing. From Montreal take the 15 north (or the 13 to the 640 to the 15) and take exit 46 at St. Jerome. Turn right on Montee Meunier and cross back over the autoroute and take the first right along International Blvd. Day use only Fee

Hiking 32km
Cycling/Mountain Biking 15km and access to the 200km P'tit Train du Nord
Cross Country Skiing 27km
Snow Shoeing
Birding and Nature Observation
Note: The park is for day use only, and a fee is charged for access.

Contact:
Parc regional de la Riviere-du-Nord
1051 International Blvd., RR 2
Saint-Jerome, Quebec
J7Z-5T5
Phone/Fax: 450-431-1676

 

Domaine Vert - Regional

The park is in a lovely natural area with an extensive but easy trail system. The ease of access and the wide variety of activities available make it a popular local destination. From Montreal take the 15 north (or the 13 to the 640 to the 15) and take exit 23, pass back over the highway heading west and watch for Montee Ste-Marianne on your right. Day use only Fee Domaine Vert

Over 100km of trails
Hiking
Cycling
Cross Country Skiing
Birding and Nature Observation

Contact:
Parc du Domaine Vert
Mirabel
Laurentians, Quebec
450-435-6510

 

Doncaster - Regional

A beautiful nature park a short distance from Ste. Adele. The park follows the Doncaster River as it makes its way to the Riviere du Nord. The parks trials connect to the P'tit Train du Nord, presenting you with 200km more to explore. The park makes for a beautiful days outing. Day use only Fee

Hiking
Cycling
Cross Country Skiing
Snowshoeing
Birding and Nature Observation

Parc de la Rivière Doncaster
Mont-Rolland (Ste Adele), Laurentians, Quebec
450-229-2200

Parc de la chute
Ste-Agathe
342, Gosford Ouest,
Ste-Agathe (Qc)
418-599-2294

 

Parc du la Riviere des Mille Iles - Regional

The parks main access points are in Laval across the river but it can be accessed from several areas on the Laurentian shore, including the Centre de la Nature de Boisbriand. The park is made up of green space on both shores and on the dozens of islands along the channel. While very much an urban area the marshes, islands and narrow channels provide excellent areas to explore. The park has rabaska canoe tours or you can rent your own kayak or canoe. From Montreal take highway 15 (or the 13 to the 640 to the 15) and take the last exit in Laval. Head east on Ste. Rose and watch for the signs.

Canoeing
Kayaking
Hiking
Cross Country Skiing - Classic and Skating

Le Parc de la Rivière des Mille-Îles
345 Ste Rose Blvd West,
Ste-Rose, Laval, QC
H7L 1M7
Ph 450-662-1020
Fax 450-622-8050

 

Chute-Sainte-Philippe

Hwy 311 Northeast of Mont Laurier
Camping
Mountain Biking
Hiking
Cross Country Skiing

Laurentians - Reserve Faunique - Wildlife Reserves

Papineau Labelle Wildlife Reserve (Réserve Faunique) - Laurentians/Outaouais

There are two unserviced campgrounds in the reserve, in the south at Lac Echo and in the north at Lac Joinville. Small groups which qualify (contact the reserve for details) can make use of three small tent sites (five placements) at Ernest, Marie-Lafance and Sourd Lakes. There are canoe campsites on several lakes in the north of the reserve with the main access through the Pie IX entrance.The reserve is located north of the Ottawa River and just to the southeast of Mont Laurier. It encompasses over 1,600 sq. km of wilderness. The campsites at Lac Echo are next to the beach or just a short walks distance. There are also huts and cabins available on a rental basis.The reserve has over 12 entry points.To reach Lac Echo the usual point of entry is Val des Bois, while the most common entry point for Lac Joinville is from Pie IX.

The reserve has several canoe routes from 2 to 4 days in length, as well as wilderness sites which can be reached directly from a lake put-in. A section of the Sept Freres route can be done as a loop if you don't have a shuttle. Portages, some extensive, are required along, the reserves lake routes. The Riviere du Sourd river route can be paddled, depending on the time of year and the water levels. Access is from Lac des Sourdes or several points along the parks No. 4 road. There are a number of designated campsites on route. You'll need sound white water skills for this, contact the reserve for more information. For access to the canoe routes your best bet is the Pie IX entrance, since the routes are all in the northern sector (with the exception of the Riviere du Sourd which is in the central region).

The reserve has over 12 entry points.To reach Lac Echo the usual point of entry is Val des Bois, while the most common entry point for Lac Joinville is from Pie IX. To reach Val des Bois from Montreal head west on the 40 and take the split towards Ottawa in Vaudreuil. After you enter Ontario take the exit for Hawkesbury and continue through town, then over the Pearly Bridge (which has been completely rebuilt) to pickup the 148 towards Hull. Watch for Buckingham where you head north on the 309, which will take you to the entrance. Alternatively you can take the 148 or the 50 (from the 15) to pick up (continue on) the 148 outside Lachute. From Ottawa/Hull take the 50 from Hull to its terminus, then follow the 148 to the 309 at Buckingham. To reach the Pie IX entrance from Montreal take the 15 (or the 13 and the 640 to the 15) north until it turns into the 117 north of Ste. Agathe. Continue on a short distance passed L'Annociation, where you pick up the 321 south which will take you into the reserve. This is very much a wilderness area and most of the reserve has little in the way of services but there are huts and cabins available for non-campers. Most of the reserves roads are good, but not paved.For more information on the reserve have a look at the official site on the Sepaq Website.

Please Note: Hunting is permitted in Quebec's wildlife reserves

 

Rouge-Matawin Wildlife Reserve (Réserve Faunique) - Laurentians/Lanaudiere

The reserve is locate along the northern borders of Mont Tremblant Park but unfortunately, you cannot currently reach the reserve directly from the park. The reserve is a true wilderness area, with little in the way of services and all of the camping is classified as wilderness. Sites are distributed throughout the reserve. There are also huts and cabins available on a rental basis.

The reserve has two canoe routes, the Lac Cinq Droit and the Matawin, both of which are relatively easy and can be completed in 1 or 2 days. For those with the skills and the equipment, there is also the renowned 21 Mile Rapids. With whitewater ranging from class I to IV this is best left to the experts. This route should not be attempted in low water. Check with the reserve regarding conditions and skill levels required.

The two main access points for the reserve are Macaza in the west and Saint-Micheal-des-Saint in the east. There is currently no direct access from Mont Tremblant Park. Macaza can be reached from the 15 then the 117north, Saint-Micheal des Saints can be reached from Montreal by following the 40 east towards Quebec and taking the 31north into Joliette, where you head east to the 131 north. For more information on the reserve have a look at the official site on the Sepaq Website.

Please Note: Hunting is permitted in Quebec's wildlife reserves

ZECS

ZEC Mainson-de-Pierre
Laurentians
PO Box 129
Chemin Maison de Pierre
L'Ascension, QC

ZEC Mazana
Laurentians
1128, Rue St-Anne, Val-David, QC
J0T 2N0
(819) 322-5547

ZEC Mitchinamecus
Laurentians
11, Rue Notre-Dame, Ste-Anne-du-lac, QC
J0W 1V0
(819) 586-2155

ZEC Normandie
612, de la Madone, Mont-Laurier QC
J9L 1S9
(819) 587-3007

ZEC Petawaga
PO Box 11, Mont-Laurier, QC
J9L 3G9
(819) 623-5447 (819) 623-3177

ZEC Le Sueur
R.R. 2, Mont-Laurier
PO Box 392, Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, QC
J8C 3C6
(819) 587-3264 (819) 326-5528

Forests

Bois de Belle Riviere
9009, route Authur-Sauve
PO Box 328
Mirabel, Quebec
J0N 1S0
Phone: 50-258-4924
Fax: 50-258-0085

Hiking, Cross Country Skiing, Wildlife Observation and Interpretation

Just off Hwy. 148 above the 640

Montreal and Laval

Parc du la Riviere des Mille Iles - Regional

Canoeing, Kayaking, Hiking, Cross Country Skiing The parks main access points are in Laval but it can be accessed from several areas on the Laurentian shore including the Centre de la Nature de Boisbriand. The park is made up of green space on both shores and on the dozens of islands along the channel. While very much an urban area, the marshes, islands and narrow channels provide excellent areas to explore in a sea kayak. You'll also find picnic tables on some of the shoreslines and islands, where you can stop to eat if you've packed a lunch. The park has rabaska canoe tours or you can rent your own kayak or canoe. In August the park is the site of the Descent de la Riviere Mille Isle, which sees over a thousand participants paddling the river. In the winter the park is open to cross country skiers (6km of classic, plus 7km of multi-use trails) and snowshoers when the river freezes over. From Montreal take highway 15 (or the 13 to the 640 to the 15) and take the last exit in Laval. Head east on Ste. Rose and watch for the signs. Entrance fee

Le Parc de la Rivière des Mille-Îles
345 Ste Rose Blvd West,
Ste-Rose, Laval, QC
H7L 1M7


Cap-St-Jacques - Nature Park

One of Montreal's beautiful nature parks, the park is located at the northwestern tip of the island in Pierrefonds/Senneville. You'll find excellent cycling and hiking along wide hard pack trails, along with a nice paddling route along the parks shore, a popular beach, a sugar shack and the eco-farm... More

 

Bois-de-Liesse - Nature Park

The park is located on the Montreal's north shore in the West Island. It stretches from the back river almost to the Trans-Canada Highway, and from Sunnybrook in the west, on passed Highway 13 to Avenue du Rousseau, in the east. The park has 12km of hiking trails, along with 8km of bike paths... More

 

Bois-de-l'lle-Bizard - Nature Park

Ile Bizard is an island located at the western tip of Laval and to the northwest of Montreal, above the West Island. The park is situated in the eastern half of the Ile Bizard, between Montee de l'Eglise and the Chemin du Bord-du-Lac. There are over 27km of cross country ski trails, 9.6km of which are accessible for hiking and biking in the summer... More

 

I'lle-de-la-Visitation - Nature Park

The park is a pleasant break from the urban landscape, located in Montreal's' east central region, along the Riviere des Prairie,You'll find a mix of forest and fields, which border the park's central bay. The bay provides excellent wildlife viewing, watch for black crowned herons, osprey and a variety of ducks, which can often be observed close-up. You can find canoeing, sea kayaking, biking, hiking, all within the parks boundaries. There are 9km of hiking trails and 2.5km of bike trails, which are made up of hard pack and crushed stone. In the winter there are 8km of cross country ski trails.You can reach the park from Montreal's cycling network, a section of which travels right passed the southern boundary. The park is located off Gouin Blvd east, between Papineau and Saint Micheal. Take Henri Bourassa to Rue de Lille, then turn north to Gouin. At Gouin turn east and drive for a short distance to the parks gate. There are a number of buses which will get you to the park, consult our Resources section for the Montreal's Urban Transit Link. Maps are available at the park office. There is a fee for parking.

2425 Gouin Blvd East
Montreal
514-280-PARC
or 514-280-6733

 

Point-aux-Prairies - Nature Park

There are 20km of cross country ski trails along with a designated snowshoe trail of 3km. The are 3km of hiking trails and 13.km of bike trails accessible in the summer. The park is rather unique, in that it stretches from, the northern shore to the southern shore of the island, through corridors which connect the three main sectors. The two parking areas in the north that can be reached from Gouin just off Saint Jean Baptiste. You'll also find parking areas in the other areas, with the visitor information center located in the middle sector. To reach the park follow the Trans-Canada into Montreal's east end, then exit at Henri Bourassa and head west. Take a right (north) at the second major intersection, St-Jean-Baptiste Blvd. At Gouin head east (right) which will take you two the parks northern entrance. There are a number of buses which will get you to the park, consult our Resources section for the Montreal's Urban Transit Link. Maps are available at the park office. There is a fee for parking.

12300 Gouin Blvd
Montreal
514-280-PARC
or 514-280-6733

* Bois Durvernay - 30km of Cross Country Ski trails, Birding 2830 Saint Elzear Blvd East (Vimont) Laval 450-661-1766
* Bois Papineau - 7km of Cross Country Trails, Snowshoeing, Birding 3235 Saint Martin Blvd East (Duvernay) Laval
* Parc des Prairies - 5km of Cross Country Trails Blvd des Prairies (Laval des Rapides) Laval 450-662-4902


 

Montreal & Laval Urban and Metropolitan Parks

Mont-Royal (The Mountain)

Hiking 30km, Snowshoeing, XC Skiing 20km groomed, Snowshoeing, Cycling This is Montreal's landmark and the cities outdoor center piece. An urban park, it's never the less a large and beautiful green space in the center of the city. The park forms the crown of Mont Royal, the cities central peak (if you will). It's heavily wooded, has lots of trails and excellent viewpoints. It's a great place for a stroll on a warm summers day or a quick cross country ski before leaving for work in the winter. Designed by the same architect that designed Central Park in New York, this is truly a people's park. Anytime of year you'll find groups and individuals involved in an array of outdoor and leisure activities. You can cycle to the top of the mountain without worrying about traffic, by following the shaded, winding, Olmsted Road (hard pack), accessible from Avenue du Parc near the monument. If you prefer the street, Voie Camillien Houde travels over the mountain from Mount Royal in the east to Cote de Neige in the west. You can access the hiking/walking trail system from Beaver Lake, which lies along the parks main road or you can find access from the Olmsted Road, Cote des Neige or Pine Avenue. Cross country skiers and snowshoers have trails waiting and equipment rentals are available. There is a small snowboard and downhill ski slope at Beaver Lake, which is perfect for the little grommets. In the winter other popular activities are tubing, sledding and tobogganing. Unfortunately mountain biking is not permitted in the park. The park is of interest to birders as there are many common nesting species. A restaurant and snack bar can be found at Beaver Lake but in the Summer you just might want to pack a picnic. You'll also find the exciting Tam-Tam drum celebrations, which take place beside the monument on Avenue du Parc, every Sunday in the warmer months.

The parks north side is taken up by two large and imposing cemeteries. You'll find many prominent Montrealer's that have found there final resting place here. This includes Maurice Richard, one of the world's greatest hockey players. Lord Shaughnessy, which oversaw the running of the Canadian Pacific Railways while it grew into one or the world's major multi-nationals. You'll also find the the monument for Camillian Houde, a mayor of the city and an early environmentalist. The Notre-Dam-des-Neige and the Cimetiere Mont-Royal websites will provide you with more information. There are a number of buses which will get you to the park, consult our Resources section for the Montreal's Urban Transit Link. If you wish to drive, you'll find parking in the Beaver Lake area. There is a fee for parking.

 

Parc Jean Drapeau

The park is Located on the the islands of Ile Ste-Helene and Ile Notre-Dame, in the St. Lawrence River, south of the city. Ile Ste-Helene has a long and interesting history, in contrast Ile Notre Dame is a man made island, constructed for the 1967 World's Fair. While it's largely an urban park, parts of the park are forested and quiet natural spaces can be found in the surrounding marshes and shorelines... More


Agrignon Park

Hiking 10km, Snowshoeing, Cross Country Skiing 10km, Cycling A large green space with a lake and some nicely forested areas. The park is located in the Lasalle, Pole des Rapids region, just west of the downtown core. In the winter you can also toboggan and skate on the parks outdoor rink. You can reach the park by bike along the Aqueduct bike path. To reach the park by car from the downtown area, follow Notre Dame Street west to Boul. Agrinon, then head south (left) to the park. The park is also directly accessible from the Agrinon Metro (subway) station on the Green Line. Consult our Resources section for the link to Montreal's Urban Transit Authority and detailed information on access.

3400 des Tinitaires Blvd
LaSalle
514-872-3816


Lafontaine Park

This is a large urban park, which sees a lot of activity, particularly in the summer months. Arguably, this is the most beautiful of Montreal's truly urban parks and very much steeped in Montreal history and culture. There are venues for most of the traditional sports, such as baseball, tennis and hockey. There are also many walking and cycling paths through the park. In the summer you'll find open air theatre, which is free to the public.The park is in walking distance of the Sherbrooke Metro (subway) Station on the Orange Line. Or you can pick up a bus, here or at the Papineau or Prefontiane Metro stations. Consult our Resources section for the link to Montreal's Urban Transit Authority and detailed information on access to the park. To reach the park by car head east from the downtown core along Sherbrooke St., the park is a few blocks after St. Hubert St.

3819 Calixa-Lavallee - Walking 10km
514-872-2644


Maisonneuve Park

Hiking 5km, Snowshoeing, XC Skiing 18km, Cycling A large and very urban green space, next door to the Olympic Stadium. The park has facilities for the more traditional sports, as well as a section of the Montreal cycling network running through it. In a addition to it's neighbor, the Olympic Stadium, you'll also find the Olympic Village, the Biodome and the Botanical Gardens on its doorstep. The nearest Metro (subway) stations are Viau and Rosemont. Consult our Resources section for the link to Montreal's Urban Transit Authority and detailed information on access to the park. To reach the park by car from the downtown core, travel east along Sherbrooke Street, the park is located just passed Pie IX Boulevard.

4601 Sherbrooke St E
514-872-6555

Des Rapides Park

White Water Kayaking, Hiking, Cycling A small but fascinating natural area along the south shore of Lasalle. The park is an important birding area and lies just across from the Ile aux Herons Migratory Bird Sanctuary. The bird sanctuary is best know for it's heronries, with nesting Great Blue and Black Crowned Night Herons. In addition, depending on the time of year, you might see the American Wigeons and Goldeneyes. Redwing Blackbirds, Mergansers and Mallards are the most abundant species on the islands. The park lies along the Berges bike path, which travels the length of Lasalle's south shore and connects into the larger Montreal network. The famous Lachine Rapids run alongside the parks southern boundary, providing White water kayakers (intermediate - expert) with an excellent area for paddling. Rafting Montreal is located just to the west of the park and also takes advantage of the rapids. These rapids have a large historical significance and are one of the key reasons the Lachine Canal was constructed. From downtown Montreal take the Ville Marie Expressway, to the 20 west, then take the exit for the Mercier Bridge (Route 138) Take the first exit into LaSalle and cross back east of the highway to LaFleur, where you head west (right), to the T intersection with Boul. LaSalle. Head south (left) for for a few kilometres, the park is on your right a short distance passed Boul. Bishop Power.

Lachine Canal

Cycling, Hiking/Walking, Sea Kayaking While not a designate park at all, the long green strip of land that follows the canal and bike path is one of the most popular outdoor destinations in the city. Effectively a linear park, it stretches from the downtown core in the east, to Lake Saint Louis in the west, connecting at either end to other bike paths in the 300km Montreal cycling network. You can rent bikes at both ends (or in the Old Port which is only a short distance from the Canal). After a long period of neglect, the canal has been refurbished and the locks restored, to once again allow small small boat traffic to travel end to end. You can rent kayaks (or bring your own) for a pleasant paddle along the canals waters (but don't do any eskimo rolls). Bring a picnic or pick one up at the Atwater Market, which lies just off the bike path. You might also consider dropping by the outdoor terrace at Magnans, a Montreal landmark, famous for it's huge succulent ribs, roast beef and steaks. You'll find parking at each end of the canal as well as several other points along route, including spots adjacent to Pont LaFleur and Pont du Cote-St-Paul. The Lachine Canal along with the nearby Fur Trade at Lachine site are part of Canada's system of National Historic Sites. Consult our Resources section for the link to Montreal's Urban Transit Authority and detailed information on access to the park.

 

Other Parks

Bois Durvernay - 30km of cross country ski trails, birding, 2830 Saint Elzear Blvd East (Vimont) Laval 450-661-1766
Bois Papineau - 7km of cross country trails, snowshoeing, birding, 3235 Saint Martin Blvd East (Duvernay) Laval
Parc des Prairies - 5km of cross country trails, Blvd des Prairies (Laval des Rapides), Laval 450-662-4902

 


 

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Regional Parks

Saskatchewan has over 100 regional parks scattered throughout the province. The parks offer over 5000 campsites, hundreds of hiking trails, paddling, biking, nature observation and overall just a great place to kick back and relax. Follow the link and have a look at all they have to offer, there's something here for everyone.


 

Yukon

Environment Yukon
Yukon Tourism

  • Old Crow Flats - Wetlands
  • Ddhaw Ghro (McArthur Wildlife Sanctuary) - Habitat Protection Area
  • Horseshoe Slough - Habitat Protection Area
  • Kluane Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Llutsaw Wetland (Von Wilczek Lakes) - Habitat Protection Area
  • Nisutlin River Delta - National Wildlife Area
  • Nordenskiold Wetland - Habitat Protection Area
  • Ta'Tla Mun ( Tatlmain Lake) - Special Management Area

 

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