The classification of outfitter accommodation units began in the 1980s, when the "Ministère de l'Énergie et des Ressources" was in charge. Since 1993, the QOF has been mandated to classify all outfitters in Quebec. From 2023 on, only QOF member outfitters will continue to be classified.
Types of accomodation
In outfitters, each type of accommodation (camp, cottage, lodge, houseboat and private residence) is classified according to specific criteria. For example, the classification of a cottage equipped with a full kitchen to prepare meals will not have the same evaluation criteria as an inn where clients eat in the dining room. Similarly, a houseboat must have specific safety equipment that is not required for other types of lodging.
A question of score
Since it is a score that determines the quality level of an accommodation unit, it is sometimes possible to observe a significant difference between two units with the same rating level solely because of the score difference. For example, one cottage may have achieved the minimum score to be rated 3* while the other is only a few points away from being rated 4*. If you have any questions about the quality level of an accommodation unit you have stayed in, you are invited to contact the QOF at 1-800-567-9009.
Members and non-members of the QOF
The QOF website contains exclusively the classification of QOF member outfitters. Since classification is no longer mandatory for non-member outfitters, you must now contact the outfitters directly to get the desired information. Please note that, since they are no longer classified, non-member outfitters can no longer claim to have 3, 4 or 5 star accommodation units.
You will find below a brief description of the different types of accomodation as well as quality ratings and symbols.