Hunting and Fishing
For a day trip, a weekend, or a whole week in the bush, you’ll find plenty of ways to pursue your passion in the Québec City area, from rustic sites to well-appointed lodges.
The Sépaq network has dozens of stocked lakes on stunning parklands that stretch for hundreds and even thousands of square kilometers. In the Laurentides and Portneuf wildlife reserves you can go wading or fish from a boat, with rentals available onsite. In certain sectors of Jacques Cartier National Park you can also go fly-fishing.
Pourvoirie du Lac-Beauport
Everyone catches something at the Pourvoirie du Lac-Beauport (wilderness resort), making it the perfect place to introduce kids to fishing. Plus, it’s just 15 minutes from Québec’s city centre. Although with all the other wilderness activities on offer, you may just want to rent one of their cabins and spend a few days!
This Université Laval teaching forest offers a very popular introduction to fly fishing. Pair that with one of their famous wildlife concerts—a show where musicians in canoes play by the light of the moon—and you have all the makings of a very memorable experience.
Hunting and Fishing with Accommodation
Sépaq - Réserve faunique des Laurentides
Enjoy a hassle-free wilderness trip with an experienced, professional team onsite to guide you and someone to cook your meals. In the Québec City area, the notably upscale Pourvoirie du Lac Moreau has a lodge, cabins, and comfort camping tents.
Camping, glamping, and cottages
There are various sectors where you can stay the night in the Laurentides and Portneuf wildlife reserves and in Jacques Cartier National Park. All three have a nice range of options, from tent camping to fishing packages to cabins for groups. Fishing packages that include accommodation usually include a rental boat as well.
Au Chalet en Bois Rond offers luxury cabins where you can fish in stocked lakes or the Sainte-Anne River.
Fishing on the St. Lawrence River
Even though it’s one of the longest rivers in North America, you don’t need a special permit to fish on the St. Lawrence. In season, you’ll even see people trying their luck out on the wharfs of the city’s Old Port. For a real fishing adventure, Stadacona Aventures will take you out on the river with a guide.
Permits, Quotas, and Seasons
Fishing and hunting are both highly regulated in the province. You have to get a licence and stay within the quota for each species. For more information about licences, quotes, and seasons, see the official government site or ask for more information from the lodge or park you’ll be visiting or your guide.
There are a number of species that can be hunted or fished in the Québec City area. Here are the main ones:
- Fishing: speckled trout, rainbow trout, muskellunge, and walleye
- Hunting: moose, white-tailed deer, small game, black bear, and migratory birds
As soon as the ice on the lakes and rivers is thick enough, the ice fishing season gets underway. With snowy scenery, delicious fish (mostly trout, yellow perch, or walleye), and the total absence of mosquitoes, this is a fun activity for novice and seasoned anglers alike.