Walking in nature is wonderful. Discovering its secrets and learning how to protect it: even better!

Impressive and diversified, nature can be enjoyed a thousand different ways in Québec. On a hiking trail, in an urban park, on the banks of a river... But to appreciate nature even more, regardless of the season or whether you’re venturing out solo, as a family, or amongst friends, opt for the nature-crazed... museum route!

Observe life up close

The museum institutions featured in this Itinerary provide ideal conditions in which to approach fauna and flora from Québec and elsewhere in the world. Get right up close beside animals, reach out and touch starfish, listen to nocturnal fauna, appreciate taxidermic specimens in settings that are almost lifelike... Countless secrets are to be discovered about such creatures, through enthusiastic naturalists, captivating exhibitions, and sunny excursions!

Visit grandiose parts of the country

Some museums invite you to continue exploring beyond their walls. Travel through magnificent landscapes, touch the stars, or even stride across a glass skywalk!

Learn how to green your daily life

The more we know about nature, the more we want to protect it. Are you concerned about the environment? Over the course of the proposed visits and experiences, thousands of green ideas can be gleaned and transformed into action. 

There’s no time to waste, so start riding, walking, or why not even, paddling towards enjoyment and the unknown.

Have fun discovering nature... and its secrets! 


Project Manager
Katia Macias-Valadez, SMQ

Nora Charifi, SMQ

Thérèse Drapeau, research and documentation
Myriam Jessier, web specialist

French texts
Annick Poussart

Jennifer Carter
Lisa Waite

Web publishing
Sara Juneau, Museology technician

Graphic design

Technical production

The SMQ wishes to thank the Ministère du Tourisme for its the financial support and the following institutions for their precious collaboration :

  • ASTROLab
  • Bioparc
  • Biophare
  • The Biosphere
  • Centre de la Biodiversité du Québec
  • Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles Exploration Centre
  • La Cité de l'énergie
  • Space for Life
  • Exploramer
  • UNESCO Global Geopark of Percé
  • Reford Gardens
  • Smith House (Les amis de la montagne)
  • MNS2 - Musée de la nature et des sciences de Sherbrooke
  • Musée du Fjord
  • Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien