Ahhh, camping. The long summer nights, sticky roasted-marshmallow fingers, early morning birdsong, and a welcome break from the everyday make it a perfect way to spend quality time with family or friends. The Québec City area has a nice range of options for camping. Here are our picks.
Campgrounds near Québec City
There are several campgrounds located less than 15 minutes from Old Québec. This can be a great way to enjoy the attractions and activities of the city, spend time in nature, and save on accommodation!
Centre de plein air de Beauport (outdoor centre) is in a forested area by a river—a little urban oasis that’s popular as a spot for canoeing, kayaking, and walking in the nature. A bike path takes you safely from there to the nearby Montmorency Falls Park and all the way to the city centre.
Camping Juneau is right on a city bus route, while Camping de la Joie offers daily shuttle service to the city centre. Camping Coop St-Esprit and Camping Turmel are also near the city. All of them have sites with and without hookups, as well as a pool to cool down on hot summer days.
Although most campgrounds have activities and amenities for families, the following are especially popular with families and can be a vacation destination unto themselves.
Camping Stoneham is a wonderland for kids in a gorgeous setting, with tons of activities, a pool with toys, and a river that you can go tubing on. Plus, Jacques Cartier National Park—an outdoor mecca—is just 20 km away.
This giant campground is part of the famous Village Vacances Valcartier complex, home to a set of massive indoor and outdoor waterparks. Some sites offer incredible views of the surrounding river and mountains.
The waterparks are currently closed due to COVID-19.
Although it has fewer amenities than Camping Valcartier or Camping Stoneham, Camping Mont-Sainte-Anne is still a favourite with families. The wooded, intimate sites are the starting-off point for a huge network of mountain biking trails. There’s also a little lake with a beach where you can take a dip. Nearby attractions include Canyon Sainte-Anne, Mont-Sainte-Anne four-season resort, and Jean-Larose Falls.
National Park and Other Park Campgrounds
Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, Jeff Frenette Photography
Réserve faunique de Portneuf
If you’re looking for a peaceful wilderness environment, try booking a campsite in a park or reserve.
Jacques Cartier National Park
There are a few different camping sectors in this magnificent glacier valley. To let you be one with nature, there are sites that can only be reached by canoe or on foot. When it comes to outdoor activities, this park has it all: rafting, tubing, hiking, fishing, wildlife observation, and more.
Laurentides Wildlife Reserve
If you like fishing, this is the campground for you. With its playgrounds, water sports, and sandy shore, it’s also a great place for families.
For the ultimate wilderness camping experience, look no further than Portneuf natural regional park, Vallée Bras-du-Nord Park, or Portneuf wildlife reserve. Their unserviced sites are out in nature, often by a lake or river—perfect for a little peace and quiet.
Réserve faunique de Portneuf
Centre de l'Hêtre
This is the perfect way to try camping or just get out in the great outdoors without having to pack all that gear. The idea is to supply you with the necessary equipment (such as dishes, bedding, and a BBQ). There are plenty of options when it comes to comfort camping, including yurts, huts, and other unusual places to stay . Most are found in Sépaq parks or private campgrounds.
If the idea of a yurt village inspires you, check out Vallée-Bras-du-Nord or Village Yourtes Valcartier. Or you could stay in one of the geodesic domes at Centre de l’Hêtre and stargaze from the comfort of your bed.
Located on the tip of Île d’Orléans, Camping Orléans is the only five-star campground in the Québec City area. This high-end establishment is impeccably kept, and the service is outstanding. For the ultimate experience, choose a site with a view of the St. Lawrence River. Just be sure to book early!
The Québec City area has plenty of spots where you can park your RV. Use our list of dedicated RV parking lots to plan your trip.