An hour’s drive from Quebec city, Parc National des Grands Jardins is known for it’s Arctic landscapes and vegetation. It is very different in vegetation and geography to both parks in the immediate vicinity (Parc National de la Jacques Cartier and Parc National des Hautes Gorges de la Riviere Malbaie). For this reason it is definitely worth a visit.
We was impressed by the bare, rocky outcrops and the views: on a clear day you can see all the way to the St. Lawrence river. But if you go, learn from our mistake - don’t come in Mid-May. We couldn’t believe there was still snow on the ground. We did the Mont du Lac-des-Cygnes Trail (summit 980 m) which would usually be an hour going up. With foot deep snow on parts of the trail, it took 3 hours return. It’s a great hike but I would suggest it be done later in the summer.
Have you ever been to Parc National des Grand Jardins? What did you think of it?