10+ Quirky & Unique Accommodations in Quebec Maritime

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Winter gives way to signs of hope and planning ideas. Whether it’s a trip locally or a bucket list destination we have to make some plans. When it comes to unique accommodations in Quebec Maritime, it’s time to start making reservations for summer travel.

Update: As we slowly come out of this world pandemic, now is the time to start planning for a summer vacation in Quebec. Although there are plenty of hotels, you may want to consider staying in unique and qurciky accomodations: a lighthouse, teepee or futuristic pod may appeal to your adventerous side. Here are some great suggestions on where to stay in Quebec.

Le Prince Lighthouse St Lawrence River in Quebec Maritime
Although you can’t actually stay in this lighthouse on the St. Lawrence River
you can in other lighthouses – Unique Accommodations in Quebec Maritime

This is a great time to put preliminary plans in motion. Many locations have liberal cancellation policies so there is no need to fret. Why stay in a hotel or motel when you can try something different? Whether you chose a yurt, ready-to-camp tents/cabins, treehouses or geometric domes, you will love staying in these accommodations.

Here is an extensive list of quirky and unique accommodations in Quebec Maritime.

Yurts & Ready-to-Camp

Parc national du Bic

A cross between a tent and a cabin, a yurt is circular in shape with tent canvas enclosing the one-room space. Because the supports tie into a central ring, its skylight allows you to stargaze. The yurt is stylishly furnished and fully equipped so you can just show up and unpack without worrying about anything else. The goal is stress-free living.

There is only one provincial park in Quebec Maritime that offers a yurt experience: Parc national du Bic. Just outside of Rimouski (& three hours north of Quebec City), you will love all that this park has to offer in accommodation options.

They offer a variety of ready-to-camp options from small compact tent/cabins to campsites and RV locations.

Etoile (or Star) tents are available in both Parc National du Bic and Gaspesie National Park in Quebec Maritime
Étoile ready-to-camp Tents
Ready to Camp Tombolo parc national du bic Quebec Maritime details
Available in both Parc National du Bic and Gaspésie National Park

Ten new Étoile ready-to-camp sites are now offered in the Tombolo sector of Parc national du Bic. The cube-shaped Étoile ready-to-camp is supported by a canvas-sealed wood structure. In addition to offering more height, greater capacity (6 people), and more storage, it’s perfectly integrated with the natural setting. Outdoor features include Adirondack chairs, a fire pit and picnic table.

Ready to Camp Tombolo parc national du bic Quebec Maritime kitchen
Fully equipped kitchen with a kitchen table

Campers can count on the same conveniences in the kitchen as at the traditional ready-to-camp while enjoying three double beds spend a comfortable night. The kitchen is stocked with cooking utensils, a fridge and an outdoor grill. All you have to bring is the food!

Parc national du Lac-Témiscouata

Gaspésie National Park

These are Huttopia tents.  You can find these unique accommodations in Quebec Maritime in the Gaspesie National Park
Huttopia tent, Gaspésie National Park : Éric Marchand/Le Québec maritime

Both Gaspésie National Park and Parc national du Lac-Témiscouata offer Huttopia tent options. These traditional ready-to-camp facilities are an excellent choice for camping enthusiasts and families who like to travel light! This type of accommodation has 2 double beds, everything you need for cooking, additional heating, lighting and a table with chairs. Outside, you will find an electric cooking device, a picnic table, 4 garden chairs and a fire pit. 

Lac-Témiscouata National Park
400, chemin Vieille Route, Squatec (Quebec), G0L 4H0
Phone: 418 855-5508
Toll Free: 1 800 665-652

Gaspésie National Park
1981, Route du Parc
Sainte-Anne-des-Monts (Quebec) G4V 2E4
Phone: 418 763-7494

The Perfect Sunrise over Perce Rock Quebec Maritime DownshiftingPRO
Percé Rock at sunrise- Gaspésie region of Quebec Maritime

Forillon National Park

Located just over an hour from Perce Rock, Forillon National Park is a stunning destination in the Gaspe Peninsula. No question, you’ll want to stay for a few days to take in the views of the St. Lawrence seaway. There are wonderful lighthouses to take in along the way.

The park provides visitors with 352 campsites in four magnificent sectors of the park. If you visit but do not have all the camping gear, you can try a nature experience with a bit more comfort by staying in one of 15 oTENTik tents, 5 new Ôasis glamping units or the micrOcube.

One of the most compact and unique accommodation in Quebec Maritime  these teardrop pods are pretty cute.  You can find them in Forillon National Park.
The Oasis – water droplet-shaped pods

An accommodation that resembles a water droplet and has an internal area of 6m2 Its installation on stilts and its large panoramic windows allow visitors to enjoy a unique experience. Spend the night in the canopy watching the stars. Max. 4 people (2 adults, 2 children).

These MicrOcube are adorable and unique accommodations in Quebec Maritime

MicrOcube – micro accommodations for 2 people. Its contemporary design, its wooden cover and its panoramic windows allow visitors to enjoy a uniquely comfortable experience in a natural environment. This is more like a tent with a bed, a table and chairs but NO kitchen facilities or heating. They may be a fire pit and picnic table.

If you are looking more for a glamping experience try an oTENTtik tent – part tent, part rustic cottage. Enjoy camping without having to bring along all the gear. The tents include furniture, 3 beds, heating, dishes & utensils, a small fridge, side burner, fire pit, outdoor seating. Max. 6 people.

Glamping in an oTENTik tent in Forillon National Park is another unique accommodation in Quebec Maritime.
Glamping in an oTENTik tent in Forillon National Park : Mathieu Dupuis/Le Québec maritime

The park also offers wilderness camping enthusiasts 3 backcountry sites, two of which are lean-to shelters where you can camp without a tent.

Visit the Parks Canada Reservation Service page or the park’s Camping section for more details to help you choose your unique accommodation in Quebec experience.

Treehouses & Bubbles

Stay is this amazing bubble in Canopee Lit one of many unique accommodations in Quebec Maritime.
Canopée Lit – Bubbles (4 person) detail image from website

Canopée Lit

Just north of Tadoussac, in Anse-de-Roche you will find Canopée Lit, a charming combination of wooden tree houses (or cabins) or treetop “bubbles,” which are see-through domes. These spheres are blown up each spring and taken down for the winter.  I’m not going to lie, it’s like staying in a huge snow globe but the views from above are spectacular!

This camp is owned by a family from France who came to the region on vacation and decided to buy a patch of forest and build these unique accommodations in Quebec Maritime. The wooden treetop cabins are 4 seasons although this camp is closed in November and April for shoulder season.  Our host and owner offered us one of the best coffees in the region – yum, yum. A freshly made breakfast is served in the main lodge but you can make your own meals in the fully-equipped compact kitchen nook in the treehouses.  Breakfast is included if you stay in the bubbles.

Stay in a treehouse near Tadoussac, one of many is one of many unique accommodations in Quebec Maritime.
A Treetop cabin (2 person) is accessible up a narrow & steep stairway
The view is worth the climb into the trees tops

Your balcony oversees the forest, with a few choice cabins providing views of the Saguenay Fjords – my suggestion is to reserve Le Dome.  Included is heating, private bathroom with toilet, towels and bed linen.

Breakfasts are delivered to your door but your luggage is not.  This getaway is best-suited for knapsacks or overnight bags, rolling luggage would not fare well in the forest because you are walking in!  The reception area has Wi-Fi, games and books for guests to enjoy. 

Plan ahead and book well in advance, as this is a very popular destination experience – July and August is peak season here so start making reservations in February!  This is a very quiet, secluded and romantic choice for couples.  I would not advise this for families with small children as the stairs are steep and the cabins are pretty high in the sky!

Canopée Lit
303, chemin de l’Anse-de-Roche, Sacré-Coeur (Quebec) Canada  G0T 1Y0
Phone: +418-236-9544

Rustic Cottages

Vieux Loup de Mer

What set this recommendation apart is not that these are rustic cottages with a killer view, it is that this is there second home (or location). It started off with one cottage that was lovingly restored, then another was purchased but year after year, Jean-Luc and Martin have painstakingly dismantled, reassembled and restored cottages overlooking the Bay of Roses.

If you want to have a look at this whole cottage hop over to the photo gallery here. With WIFI, cable, a wood stove (and wood supplied), settle in for a cozy weekend away just a stone’s throw away from Parc national du Bic.

These traditional French Canadian houses bring with them a rich tradition and sustainability to this group of rustic cottages. The coziness and details put into decorating each is evident. I suggest you have a look at their stunning Instagram account for a better view of these terribly romantic getaway accommodations.

I’m not going to lie, this has made it to my bucketlist of unique accommodations in Quebec Maritime. Hope to see you in 2021!

Vieux Loup de Mer – Chalet Hoteliers
3250 Route 132 O, Le Bic (Rimouski), QC, G0L 1B0
Phone: 418.750.5915

Tiny Houses

Domaine Floravie

If you watch any home decorating shows you’ve heard about tiny houses. They are small homes loaded on wheels so you can move them around. The owner of Domaine Floravie built a series of 7 Tiny homes with stunning views of the St. Lawrence seaway. This eco-resort is mobile so during the summer, the homes are moved closer to the St. Lawrence River and in the fall they are moved more inland. What is most appealing are that these tiny houses are fully equipped with eco-friendly features and have been manufactured according to the principles of sustainable development and are off the grid.

All the wood used comes from local companies. The chalets are insulated with hemp wool and the energy supply is provided by solar panels. In addition, to foster eco-accountability, the water supply is limited in order to raise awareness of this valuable resource and of the importance of conserving it.

Domaine Floravie
100, Route Santerre, Rimouski, Qc, G0L 1B0
Phone : 418-736-4000
Toll free : 1 855-736-5755

Géodômes

Parc Aventures Cap Jaseux

They are futuristic pods sitting in the trees. Not sure what to expect of these unique modern cabins? Parc Aventures Cap Jaseux features a variety of lodging options including some unique suspended spheres, tree houses and log cabins, all with great views. You will love the calm and quietness of being perched overlooking the Boreal Forest. Or if you prefer, you can try the larger canvas domes. These are not perched in trees but take you right into the heart of this beautiful French Canadian region of Saguenay/Lac St. Jean.

Cap Jaseux Saguenay Frjords @DownshiftingPRO
Futuristic pods and domes in the Boreal Forest of Cap Jaseux Park

The domes are equipped with a small kitchen, bed with bedding, plus a deck to sit and have a coffee in the morning or a glass of wine at night while you watch the beautiful night sky. I can just imagine the stars at night!

This park is a multi-activity site with a vast forest, hiking trails and 2 natural beaches right on the Saguenay fjord.

Parc Aventures Cap Jaseux
250, chemin de la Pointe-aux-Pins C.P. 1058, Saint-Fulgence, G0V 1S0

Desjardins Géodômes – Mont St. Joseph

The Desjardins géodômes are accessible from the top of Mont Saint-Joseph. Perched on the mountainside and equipped with windows offering a breathtaking view of Carleton-sur-Mer and the St. Lawrence River, the Desjardins geodomes offer a grandiose ready-to-camp experience – some would call it luxurious glamping, in a natural and intimate environment.

The Desjardin Geodomes in Mont St. Joseph is truly a unique accommodation in Quebec Maritime
Desjardins geodomes – photocredit – Mont St. Joseph website

Experience the charm of a hotel room in a picture-postcard landscape and savour an unforgettable immersion in this unique location that is Baie-des-Chaleurs! The geodomes include two double beds on two floors (second accessible by a ladder), bedding, tableware and kitchen/baking accessories, induction hob, fridge, propane BBQ, WIFI at the reception pavilion, electrical outlets, and a deck. Washrooms & showers are adjacent to the reception pavilion.

Desjardins geodomes
837, rue de la Montagne, Carleton-sur-Mer (Quebec), G0C 1J0
418 364-2276, ext. 1

Rustic Cabin, Ready-to-Camp and Yurts

Ferme 5 Etoiles

Stay in cozy yurt at Ferme 5 Etoiles  one of many unique accommodations in Quebec Maritime.

20180507_194547One of the highlights of our Girl’s Getaway to Quebec was a stay Ferme 5 Etoiles.  This is where we met Jacob the grey wolf and Luna the arctic wolf.  There is no question this is the best option for a family.  Our ‘cabins’ were very large with each room having at least two beds (double and single).  The second room had three beds with two doubles and a single.  This means that you can easily house a family of 5 or 6.  The kitchen was fully equipped with a comfortable living room area. 

You have the option of staying in a yurt, ready-to-camp, cottages or re-living a pioneer’s life in a trapper’s camp.

Ferme 5 Etoiles Cote Nord Quebec @DownshiftingPRO
Click on image to go directly to the FULL REVIEW of Ferme 5 Etoiles

The Trapper’s Camp is located at the edge of the woods and facing the lakes, this authentic log cabin will make you experience the trapper’s life at the time of the «coureur des bois». Heated with a wood stove, the trapper’s cabin is the perfect place to spend a night in a friendly atmosphere with friends, family or lovers. The cabin has 2 double beds (bunk beds) and a bench where a child can sleep, an inside toilet but no shower. You have access to the shower on the main site.

The Trapper's Camp/Cabin in Ferme 5 Etoiles is one of many unique accommodations in Quebec Maritime.
The Trapper’s Camp/Cabin Photo- Credit: Marc Loiselle Ferme 5 Etoiles

This working farm has both a small petting zoo (with goats, chickens, pheasants etc.) as well as some larger animals (bison, llama and moose) for you to visit. You can read my full review of Ferme 5 Etoiles here.

Ferme 5 Etoiles
465, route 172 Nord, Sacré-Coeur (Quebec) Canada  G0T 1Y0
Phone: +418-236-4833

Replica Ship

 Chalets de l’Anse Ste-Hélène

Now for something completely different. You have a choice at the Chalets de l’Anse Ste-Hélène of stand-alone chalets or a stay in a replica ship. La Grande Hermine (“The Big Weasel”) is a replica of the largest of three ships Jacques Cartier used to sail up the St. Lawrence River. The cabins have the capacity for 2, 4 or 6 people and have a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and bedroom(s). The larger cabins are two floors and can accommodate up to 6 people. Some with a beautiful view of the bay.

You can visit a teepee near the chalets or take a walk to other stand-alone teepees further down the bay. The owners hope to eventually be able to offer these as unique summer accommodations. This property is owned and operated by the Micmacs of Gesgapegiag.

2 bedroom Cabin at Chalets de lAnse Ste Helene in Quebec Maritime
2 Bedroom – 2 floor cabin

La Grande Hermine has two sleeping quarters, one on each end of the boat (queen & double beds), a bathroom with a shower, a living room and a kitchenette. Wi-fi is available and an exquisite stay with breathtaking views.

La Grande Hermine is one of many unique accommodations in Quebec Maritime.
Photo Credit: Chalets de l’Anse Sainte-Hélène website

Chalets de l’Anse Sainte-Hélène
892 Boulevard Perron, Maria, Quebec G0C 1Y0
Phone: (581)-886-5455

Ready-to-Camp

Percé UNESCO Global Geopark

This campsite and ready-to-camp accommodations is more about the location and the activities available than just winter camping. The Percé UNESCO Global Geopark has ready-to-camp tents which are furnished, semi-insulated and heated for a more enjoyable experience, near the Tektonik Pavilion and the entrance to the trails. You are close to the many activities including the suspended glass platform overlooking Percé Rock and Ile Bonaventure provincial park. The glass platform suspended cantilevered 200 m off a cliff of Mont Ste-Anne.

Perce Rock seen from the glass platform of the Perce UNESCO Global Geopark Roger St LaurentTourisme Gaspesie QM 001453
Percé Rock, seen from the glass platform of the Percé UNESCO Global Geopark
Photo Credit: Roger St-Laurent/Tourisme Gaspésie

Lighthouses

As part of my epic Lighthouse Trail, we visited a number of lighthouses (click to see a short video). Although many are simply tourist attractions, we were informed that we could stay in a lighthouse!  I could not resist putting these two locations on my list of unique accommodations in Quebec Maritime!

Maisons du Phare de l’Île Verte

Photo Credit Marc Loiselle Quebec Maritime Phare Ile Verte QM 000447
Maisons du Phare de l’Île Verte
Photo Credit: Marc Loiselle/QuebecMaritime

Built in 1809,  Maisons du Phare de l’Île Verte is a B&B located on Green Island (Île Verte) in the St. Lawrence River.  Accessible by ferry on the south shore between Riviere de Loup and Trois Pistoles, reservations during high season are highly recommended.  There are limited sailings each day dependent on the tide. 

The B&B offers 9 rooms in two buildings: the light keeper’s house and the assistant light keeper’s house.  Large groups can reserve one or both houses.  You can sleep peacefully beneath a beacon that has been quietly sweeping over the St. Lawrence River for over 200 years.  Each house is equipped with a full kitchen, which you can use to prepare meals, but make sure to pack your own food as there are no grocery stores, pharmacies or bank machines on the island. There are several restaurants and a fish store. The hearty breakfast will be a good start to your day of outdoor fun!

Maisons du Phare de l’Île Verte
2802, chemin du Phare, Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs, Île Verte (Quebec), G0L 1K0
Phone: 418-898-2730

Photo Credit Jessica PommierMes Ptits Bouts du Monde Le Quebec maritime QM 001848
Mathieu Dupuis/Le Québec maritime

Pot à l’Eau-de-Vie Lighthouse

Your second option is just a few kilometres north at Pot à l’Eau-de-Vie Lighthouse a federal heritage building located on an island offering three cosy rooms furnished in the spirit of the 19th century. This is more than a room in a lighthouse, your stay includes a one night stay, boat transfer from Riviere de Loup to and from the island,  guided cruise and tour, dinner, brunch, snack and gratuities. Don’t want to stay in the lighthouse? You have other options on the larger adjacent Île aux Lièvres (Hare Island) where you can stay in a cottage, a room at the inn or use one of the 22 wilderness campsites!

Pot à l’Eau-de-Vie Lighthouse
200 Rue Hayward, Rivière-du-Loup, (Quebec) Canada G5R 3Y9
Phone:  418-867-1660
Toll-free: 1-877-867-1660

Tipi

Cap Aventure

One last option can be found on Île aux Lièvres (Hare Island) close to Pot à l’Eau-de-Vie Lighthouse at Cap Aventure. I search high and low for a tipi to add to the unique accommodations in Quebec Maritime list and here it is. This wooden tipi accommodates up to 4 people and is located at the edge of Cap-aux-Os beach.

Tipi Cap Aventure unique accommodations in Quebec Maritime detail from official website.
Photo credit: Cap Aventure– detail image from the official website –

An atypical accommodation by the beach at Cap-aux-Os.  This ready-to-camp is fitted out for a family with that glamping feel.  Just a few steps from the sand, the Tipi is the perfect accommodation to discover the joys of camping without having to bother with all the equipment that is usually connected to the practice.  What’s included: one double and two single beds, bathrooms (shower, toilet, sink), an outdoor fire area, picnic table, parking, terrace, beach, Wi-Fi available.

I just love these quirky and unique accommodations in Quebec Maritime. I’ve stayed in some, visited others and only hope to see a few more. After extensive research with the individual establishments, the Quebec Maritime tourism board, I am comfortable recommending these properties to my readers. I encourage you to plan and dream of future travel once it is safe to travel again. GO.GO.GO. You need to see QUEBEC BY THE SEA!


Unique Accommodations in Quebec Maritime Photo credit Marc Loiselle QM 1

Disclosure: I was a guest of the tourism boards of Quebec Maritime. I was a guest at some of these hotels where I was welcomed to enjoy the facilities.  All opinions are my own and held without reservation or prejudice.  I would go back to any of these establishments in a heartbeat.

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Margarita Ibbott is a travel and lifestyle blogger. She blogs about travel in Canada, the United States and Europe giving practical advice through restaurant, hotel and attraction reviews. She writes for DownshiftingPRO.com and other online media outlets.

8 thoughts on “10+ Quirky & Unique Accommodations in Quebec Maritime”

  1. What a stunning set of travel opportunities. I’ve only been to Montreal, but nowhere else in Quebec, and many of these are glorious. You couldn’t pay me to camp, perhaps not even glamp, though the treetop bubbles could create a very cozy, romantic evening, I’m fairly high maintenance, so my faves are the Chalets de l’Anse Ste-Hélène and La Grande Hermine, assuming it rocks gently and there’s a REAL shower. 😉 The lighthouses might be lovely, too.

    And I wish we could see inside The Oasis – water droplet shaped pods! I’m ready for my vacation!

  2. After reading this beautiful post, I feel as though I’ve been on a mini-vacation. These spots are remarkable.
    I’m fascinated by the treehouse and the tiny houses. How in the world does the treehouse stay firm and solid on the tree? It’s quite beautiful, unlike any I’ve seen before. I love the smart and sustainable materials used in tiny houses as well as the configuration of space and storage. The rustic cottage reminds me of a place we used to visit for years. The perfect description is cozy.
    I have to share this with friends who would absolutely love these spots. Thank you for this!

    • Ronni,
      They are SUPER SOLID. True structures in the trees, I visited them myself. I could not believe how well it was made and suited to the PERFECT romantic weekend. The sunsets would be extraordinary. I hope one day you make it to Quebec Maritime.

  3. I got pretty excited when I saw the title of your post, because I’ve always wanted to visit that area. Then the first place on your list is somewhere I’ve actually been, as a teenager! It was when I visited Rimouski (and Camping Bic) that I discovered the beauty of the region.

    • Janet, I am a devoted fan of this region. I was desparate to take my family this spring but alas I must #DreamNowTravelLater. I can wait, it is well worth it! Hope you can return!

  4. Being that 2020 involved NO travel, it’s so much fun to think about going away. And I love all of the fabulous and unique locations you sourced. I have been fascinated by the tiny house movement for years. Secretly (well, not so secretly anymore,) I fantasize about moving into a tiny house. My husband teases me that we’d need two tiny houses to maintain the peace. Anyway, this summer, we are going to a tiny house resort, like the one you featured. Only the one we’re visiting is in upstate New York, in the Catskills. I can’t wait! And perhaps once I have that experience, I’ll know better whether full-time tiny house living is a viable option for us.

    • Linda, that sounds like so much fun. I also wanted to experience the tiny house vacation. I think it would be so much fun. I cannot say enough about Quebec Maritime. It is close to New York state and would be a great vacation. The Catskills is on my list. Once the border opens up again, I would love to go!

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