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Monday, July 17, 2017

Parc Omega Review

Parc Omega is in Quebec just minutes from Montebello, about an hour away. When you arrive you will begin your 15 km drive through the park (about 1.5 hrs), don't forget to stop at the Park House and grab some carrots, as the animals will be eagerly waiting for you and aren't shy to ask :) 

We began our journey with a hike through the The First Nations trail, and enjoyed the history of 11 of the First Nations of Quebec, visualizing totems made by a Native American artist. This was a truly beautiful experience. Don't forget to make a wish when you walk under the Thunderbird (it may come true ;)

Next we took our driving tour through the Park, meeting animals from the Meadow, the Forrest, the Mountain, the Lake and the Boreal Region. We saw Deer, Musk ox, Moose, Bears, Fox, Wolves and that's just to name a few! Even the Buffalo came to see what was happening!

Next we took a walk through the footbridge, this allows you to overlook the wolves and bears in their natural environment. This was one of my favourite parts of the tour, such amazing animals. You can also come for scheduled feeding times.

When you need a break, or it's time for lunch. Have a stop by the Colonization Trail. This includes

  • The trading post with its artifacts and numerous illustrations immerses you in the world of fur trade where natives would exchange their fur for their first European goods with the so called wood runners. Visit the guard tower and trading post (history museum) every day his original piece of sculptor created by artist M. Therrien is a must see attraction. 
  • Take the time to enjoy a on-site picnic with the deers. Take advantage of the playground and aerial course for ages ranging from 7 to 77. In this beautifully restored farm dating from the beginning of colonization, there is a small coffee shop where you can dine, a playground and picnic area. 
  • The trailhead offers a reconstructed trading post of New France and Indian tipis that will take you back to the history of Quebec. 
  • NEW : LUMBER CAMP! A brand new building is available in the white-tailed deer and animation area, midway through the Parc. This novelty will facilitate your visit and permit you to enjoy the activities longer, thanks to its small restaurant and picnic tables! You will also find a small gift shop. 
  • The Theatre Area which has a lovely birds of prey show (don't forget to listen for their amazing puns... quite the funny group!)

And last but not least, this area offers several natural attractions, a playground surrounded by deers that will keep you company along the path to the old farm. Walk or take the wagon along the path to see the donkeys, ponies, rabbits, and other small and large farm animals, oh and don't forget the goats, not to worry, they won't let you!! Also, a small museum in the basement offers a glimpse into the typical farmer’s lifestyle in the 19th century. Don't forget to have a pony ride, and grab some ice cream.

When the day is done and it's time to call it a night, check out their amazing accommodations. From Tipi to Log Cabin they have it all. Stay the night, and listen to the wolves howl at night by a roaring fire. Roast up some Marshmallows and relax in nature. Don't forget to attend the private feeding of the wolves and bears in the evening. Walk along a board walk suspended above their homes as they play and climb trees and even take a swim!

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