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Quebec travel restrictions: Where you can go in October 2021

Find out what’s open in Quebec right now with our constantly updated guide.

In this vast province of ours, it’s truly difficult to stay cooped up inside. The good news is, you can now experience much of Quebec’s highlights as long as you follow a few simple health precautions.

Most of Quebec is in either an orange or red zone currently, and much of the province is open for business with some restrictions in place. Attractions such as museums are allowed to reopen and many national parks are accepting visitors for both the day and camping.

Here’s what you need to know to see the province right now, including Quebec’s travel restrictions for attractions, accommodation and transportation.

Accommodation in Quebec

Quebecers are encouraged to avoid non-essential travel and to stay within their own city and region where possible. When staying away from home, you can travel with members of your household while maintaining a physical distance of 2 metres with others.

Staying with family or friends

Indoor or outdoor gatherings in private homes are prohibited by visitors from another address. The only exception is to allow people who live alone or with their dependent children to join people who live at one other address.

Staying at hotels

Hotels and motels are open, but only guests of the same residence are allowed in an accommodation unit. Masks are required in all indoor public spaces and guests are encouraged to maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from other people who are not from your household.

You may notice extra hygiene methods in place to keep you safe during your stay. This may include new sanitization stations, restrictions on the number of people allowed in pools, spas and fitness centres, and physical distancing or the closure of communal areas.

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Staying in a holiday home or cottage

You should only travel with members of your household when renting a holiday home or short stay such as an Airbnb property. Airbnb also has a worldwide limit of 16 guests for rentals in place.

Staying at hostels

Hostels are currently not allowed to open due to the current Quebec travel restrictions.

Camping and caravanning

Many of Quebec’s parks and campgrounds are open for recreational activities and camping. This includes popular sites such as Bic National Park, Pin-Blanc campground, La Mauricie National Park, Réserve faunique des Chic-Choc and Mont-Tremblant National Park.

National Park reservations for trips from May 2021 to March 2022 will open in April with a limited number of winter camping sites currently open.

Physical distancing or wearing a face-covering is encouraged, along with ensuring you have enough necessary supplies such as food, water and toilet paper.

Boats and yachts

There are currently no restrictions on sailing your own boat in Quebec as long as you follow gathering restrictions.

Tourist attractions in Quebec

Attractions such as museums, aquariums and zoos are allowed to open with restricted attendance, physical distancing and safety measures in place. Some attractions require tickets to be purchased online in advance to manage capacity limits.

Popular attractions that are currently open are:

  • Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-Quebec
  • Chutes Montmorency
  • Grande Roue de Montréal
  • Jardin Botanique

  • Mont-Sainte-Anne
  • Mont-Tremblant
  • Notre-Dame Basilica
  • Old Montreal

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National parks

Most of Quebec’s national parks are open, depending on the season, but you will notice some additional restrictions in place. Visitors must pre-purchase access or hold an annual card before visiting, and it’s advised to turn up early as capacity limits do apply and you could be turned away if the park is full.

Nautical activities with a personal watercraft, hiking, biking and day fishing are allowed and winter trails are open until the end of March.

The following parks are currently open:

  • Bic National Park
  • Fjord-du-Saguenay National Park
  • Forillon National Park
  • Gaspésie National Park
  • Grands-Jardins National Park
  • Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie National Park
  • Jacques-Cartier National Park
  • La Mauricie National Park

    Beaches and local parks

    Many of Quebec’s local parks and beaches are open with a few restrictions in place. Physical distancing of 2 metres is encouraged between people from different households and social gatherings are limited to a maximum of eight people.

    • Centre de la Nature
    • Gatineau Park
    • Mount Royal Park
    • Parc Jean-Drapeau
    • Parc Maisonneuve
    • Parc Nature de l’Île de la Visitation
    • Parc-Nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies
    • Parc-nature du Bois-de-l’Île-Bizard
    • Parc-nature du Bois-de-Liesse
    • Parc-nature du Cap Saint-Jacques

    Getting to and from your holiday

    Driving within Quebec

    Travel between regions and cities is not recommended except for essential travel. A curfew also applies between 9:30pm and 5am for both red and orange zones when Quebecers must not leave their homes.

    Flights within Quebec

    Flights around Quebec are operating as usual, but travellers are advised to avoid non-essential travel. Physical distancing and gathering restrictions will apply and travellers must wear a face covering.

    Flights to Quebec

    Flights to Quebec are operating, but travel is restricted for a limited number of reasons which does not include travel for recreational purposes.

    Coach, bus and rail services

    As with most forms of transport in Quebec, services are up and running but you’ll notice a change to the overall experience. Many companies are now enforcing social distancing measures while boarding and on board, and face coverings are mandatory.

    Passengers should arrive earlier than usual to allow for health screening questions.

    • Intercar. Operating with a partial reduction in service.
    • Limocar. Operating as usual.
    • Maheux-Cree. Operating as usual.
    • Orleans Express. Operating as usual.
    • VIA Rail. All services operating with a reduced schedule except for the Montréal – Halifax route, which is suspended until 15 May 2021, and the Toronto – Niagara Falls route until further notice.

    Ferry services

    Most ferries are operating as usual, depending on the season. Passengers must wear a face covering while on board and physical distancing is encouraged.

    Due to new capacity limits, you may be required to make a reservation in advance to ensure physical distancing requirements are met.

    • CTMA ferry. Operating as usual.
    • Rivière-du-Loup–Saint-Siméon Ferry. Operating with modified schedules.
    • Matane–Baie-Comeau–Godbout Ferry. Operating as usual.
    • Relais Nordik. Operating with some restrictions of passengers allowed to board.
    • Quebec City-Lévis Ferry. Operating as usual.
    • Tadoussac–Baie-Sainte-Catherine Ferry. Operating as usual.

    Which territories and provinces can I travel to?

    • Alberta. Non-essential travel should be avoided.
    • British Columbia. All non-essential travel should be avoided including for a vacation and to visit family or friends outside of your household or core bubble.
    • Manitoba. Travellers entering Manitoba must self-isolate for 14 days.
    • New Brunswick. Screening of travellers should be expected at entry points and you must self-isolate for 14 days.
    • Newfoundland and Labrador. Visitors are not permitted unless certain extenuating circumstances are met and are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
    • Northwest Territories. Visitors are not allowed to travel to the Northwest Territories and residents must self-isolate for 14 days.
    • Nova Scotia. Travellers must self-isolate for 14 days when they arrive, or for the duration of their stay if it’s less than 14 days.
    • Nunavut. Residents must undergo a mandatory 14-day isolation period in either Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton or Yellowknife before returning.
    • Ontario. Only essential travel is recommended and a 14-day self-isolation period is advised.
    • Prince Edward Island. Non-residents must apply in advance to travel and are required to self-isolate for 14 days.
    • Saskatchewan. Visitors are requested to self-monitor for 14 days and to observe all public health measures including physical distancing.
    • Yukon. All travellers have to self-isolate for 14 days in Whitehorse and complete a declaration.

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    Frequently asked questions about travelling in Quebec during COVID-19

    How far can I travel from home?

    Travel outside of your region is currently not recommended.

    Can I travel to Quebec if I live in another province or territory?

    Travel to Quebec is limited to a few instances including returning residence, for humanitarian purposes and to receive health care. Non-essential travel should be avoided.

    Do I need to limit the number of people I travel with?

    Travel should be limited to members of your household and groups of no more than eight people.

    Do I need to pre-book to visit dining venues and attractions?

    Some attractions, such as national parks and museums, are encouraging pre-booking to avoid unnecessary contact. Pre-booking for restaurants isn’t always necessary, but could help avoid a lengthy wait due to gathering restrictions.

    Will I need to self-isolate or go into quarantine when I return from my trip?

    No, you will not need to self-isolate when travelling around or returning to Quebec.


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