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Quebec Tent Camping Trip
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When traveling through this enormous province, try Highway 117. The highway officially begins at Ste. Agathe des Monts, but let’s cheat a little bit and begin our Quebec tent camping adventure in the bustling metropolis of Montreal, Canada’s most cosmopolitan city. Few big cities in North America can be as warm, inviting, and entertaining as this one, and if you’re into architecture, the rewarding views await you. Montreal is rich with ornate facades throughout, many of which can be observed during leisurely walking tours. Some highlights are the impressive Basilica Cathedral of Marie-Reine-du-Monde and the Vieux Port. Another clever way to enjoy this city’s architecture is by boarding one of the many cruise ships that circle the city. Experience the Parc Olympique, an enormous sports complex built especially for the 1976 Olympics. Today the park regularly hosts world-class sporting events. The nearby Biodome de Montreal, originally part of the Olympic complex, is now a unique environmental museum and one of the city’s most popular attractions. Nearby are the eclectic Chinese Gardens and the Japanese Gardens, both of which showcase the meditative gardening talents of folks from these Asian countries.
From Montreal take Highway 15 north until you reach Highway 117, which continues northwest deep into the heart of Quebec. If you’re lucky (and daring) enough to be traversing these environs during the winter months, be sure to stop at Mont Tremblant Village, located high in the scenic Laurentian Mountains. This is a world-class winter sports region, where you can strap on skis or a snowboard or take in one of the other many winter activities that are popular here such as dogsledding, ice climbing, or a sleigh ride. If that sounds like an ambitious agenda, be advised that the village is also renowned for its fabulous spas. After a day spent hitting the slopes, head around the lake to the Hotel Club Tremblant, a 1930’s log structure that once served as a private retreat for a wealthy American. Today, it’s home to an outstanding hotel, spa, and French restaurant. Parc National du Mont-Tremblant/Camping Secteur de la Diable is one of the great Quebec tent campgrounds to stay at in the area.
Stay on Hwy. 17 and past Mont Tremblant you’ll soon find yourself entering the vast expanse known as Reserve Faunique La Verendrye. In the city of Grand Remous, there are three Quebec tent campgrounds that we recommend out of the dozen available. This is a major destination for hiking and wildlife enthusiasts as well as Quebec tent camping, the Reserve protects the wild northern lands of Canada. You can explore it all through miles of hiking trails. If you happened to have your canoe along on this trip, you’ve brought it to the right place. The reserve is also home to a large array of connecting waterways where it seems you can row forever.
With a little time on your hands, consider a trip west and north from Montreal on Rte 148 and 321 to the charming pioneer town of St-Andre-Avellin where there are also a few Quebec tent campgrounds to visit. First settled in 1841, the town has remained a cultural and outdoor center of this region for more than 100 years. A walking tour of the numerous heritage properties is recommended, and in August, the sounds of Musique’en nous offer a pleasurable pastime.
The city of Val-d’ Or provides travelers with their first look at Canada’s illustrious Gold Rush history. During the 1930’s, this village was the largest gold-mining town in the world, and the precious metal is still being extracted there today. You can explore gold rush history at the La Cite de l’Or, which gives tours more than 200 feet below ground in an active gold mine. Also in town is the Village Minier de Bourlamaque, a restored mining village with more than 80 log buildings.
More mining fun can be explored at your last stop in Quebec at the town of Rouyn-Noranda, “Canada’s copper capital.” Eight mines still operate here and help create one of the most interesting towns in Quebec. British and American industrialists settled Noranda and opened several successful mines. To the south, the French settled Rouyn and opened brothels, bars, and hotels. In the mid-20th century these two towns joined together to become one, but the two sides are still very evident in this strange and uniquely Canadian neck of the woods.
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Saskatchewan Tent Camping Trip
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TCH-1 soon leaves Manitoba behind and rolls into Saskatchewan to the west. Begin your Saskatchewan tent camping trip at the Western Development Museum in the town of Yorkton. Immerse yourself in life on the prairie through the eyes of the dozens of ethnic groups that once called Yorkton home.
Bird watchers will want to take a couple of days to explore the Quill Lake area, to the northwest. It’s composed of a trio of lakes and several streams that make up this “heaven on earth” for shore and wading birds. Take advantage of the several nature tours offered in town. It’s a great way to help you sort out the species, ranging from the many endangered species found in the area to the huge colony of white pelicans who summer here.
In the town of Muenster, just south of TCH-16, you’ll find a unique attraction at St. Peter’s Abbey. The abbey grounds include a farm, orchard, cemetery, and inside the cathedral you’ll find a display of 80 life-size portraits of the saints.
Heading west you’ll soon arrive in Saskatchewan’s provincial capital, Saskatoon. Like all good capitals, Saskatoon has plenty of charm and excellent, self-guided walking tours and Saskatechewan tent camping sites. There are few great Saskatchewan tent campgrounds to choose from. Stop by Glady’s Doll House to view more than 1,000 dolls from around the world. The city is also home to two famous racetracks, if that’s your thing. Check out the Bridge City Speedway for short track fun on Friday nights while dragsters blister the quarter-mile at the Saskatchewan International Raceway. If you’ve come seeking more appreciation of fine art than burned rubber, the University of Saskatchewan hosts a variety of museums, art galleries, and theaters that make up the cultural center of the city.
Visit Saskatchewan’s longest bridge, built to connect the towns of Battleford and North Battleford across the North Saskatchewan River. North Battleford is known far and wide as being a great “base camp” for exploring the many lakes and rivers that dot the area, and there are numerous outfitters in the area who can equip you for it. Quebec tent camping is also great here. Battleford was once the capital of the Northwest Territories, and some examples of that influence is still evident in the town’s architecture. One favorite stop in town is the Fort Battleford National Historic Site, dedicated to preserving the legacy of the North West Mounted Police and the critical role they played during the development of western Canada. The site now hosts four preserved buildings, a stable, and a reconstructed stockade.
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