Domaine Maizerets is off the beaten path treasure right in Quebec City

Domain Maizerets main building, french architecture

French architecture of the main building

Quebec, PQ, Canada
Latitude: 46.8355, Longtitude: -71.2136
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Domaine Maizerets is a large urban park in Quebec city that is off the beaten path for most people especially visitors. Official Domaine Maizerets site is only in French and that makes finding information about this urban park difficult. This park is about 5 km north of Vieux Quebec and downtown. It is an important nature retreat within city limits. Domain Maizerets will be appreciated by tourists that like budget travel ideas as this park is free.

Domaine Maizerets has ample free parking and has an area of about 27 hectares. This park has two main sections Maizerets and Arboretum that are separated by a large wooded area. Main parking lot is in the Maizerets section just off boulevard Montmorency. This is where you can find the main building and rent the skis, skates or snowshoes.

Hiking trails and skiing map, Domaine Maizerets
Hiking trails and skiing map, Domaine Maizerets

Domaine Maizerets has a brook that runs between forest area and Arboretum. The bridges across this brook are nice and also there is a lookout deck. This is where you can see many small forest birds like black capped chickadees, finches and warblers. Once you cross one of the bridges you will enter more open area of arboretum. Here you can find more birds that come to feed on frozen fermented berries. There is also a natural hedge maze, perfect winter activity for kids.

Bridge from the forest to arboretum
Bridge from the forest to arboretum

Local residents get to enjoy this off the beaten path urban park year round. In winter you can see many people jogging, cross country skiing, hiking in snowshoes, walking their dogs. Domaine Maizerets is an amazing nature retreat in a large city. Maizerets section has bird feeding station where people take pictures of birds, you can also see many peanuts shells that visitors feed to the squirrels.  A pond in this section is made into a large skating rink. There is also a beautiful bridge leading to a shrine with virgin Mary that used to be on top of the church.

Nice curved bridge and virgin Mary statue
Nice curved bridge and virgin Mary statue

If you are looking for a budget travel idea or are tired of the Quebec city winter attractions, consider including Domaine Maizerets in your list of things to do in Quebec city.

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Quebec winter photography tips

1. Charge your camera battery, cold reduces the battery charge.

2. Wear gloves that have a good grip and allow full control of the camera

3. When snowing use protective bag for the camera or use umbrella if winds permit.

4. Do not enter warm spaces with the camera due to condensation.

5. Think in advance about camera settings for current conditions.

6. Plan your route before walking in deep snow, exercise caution and common sense safety.

Quebec city winter photo gallery

Observation bridge in wooded area
Observation bridge in wooded area
Trails sign for walking and snowshoeing
Trails sign for walking and snowshoeing
Large tree spreading branches covered in snow
Large tree spreading branches covered in snow
Deck over the frozen brook
Deck over the frozen brook
Small brook dividing forest from arboretum
Small brook dividing forest from arboretum
Winter nature picture - water flow in small brook
Winter nature picture – water flow in small brook
People running or jogging in the park
People running or jogging in the park
Cross country skier on a trail
Cross country skier on a trail
Gazebo in arboretum
Gazebo in arboretum
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Bridge crossing in Domaine Maizerets
Observation tower
Observation tower
Snow shoe trail in Arboretum part of the park
Snow shoe trail in Arboretum part of the park
Cross country skiing trail
Cross country skiing trail
Natural hedge maze in winter
Natural hedge maze in winter
Snow on top of the hedge
Snow on top of the hedge
Winter scene in the park
Winter scene in the park

 

Beautiful French architecture of the main building
Beautiful French architecture of the main building
Smaller buildings near the pond, skate and snowshoe rentals
Smaller buildings near the pond, skate and snowshoe rentals
Pretty bridge and virgin Mary statue
Pretty bridge and virgin Mary statue
Frozen pond makes great skating rink
Frozen pond makes great skating rink

 

 

 

 

  02.10.2017 by FPImages

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