Québec has close to 600 outfitters operating on its territory. These real estates located in the forest offer hunting, fishing and outdoor activities. They offer different packages that can include transportation to the site, lodging, meals, equipment and the services of a guide. The outfitter will also be able to provide you with information on the species present on its territory, on the opening period as well as on the catch and possession limits.
Outfitters have been present in Québec for over a century. The Québec Outfitters Federation (QOF) was founded in 1948, 70 years ago, and now has more than 330 active outfitters in all regions of Québec. Choosing a member of the QOF ensures that you are dealing with a wildlife professional who is bound by a code of ethics. A guarantee of quality! Discover this vast tourist network that offers the largest selection of quality accommodations and services in Québec, for hunting and fishing enthusiasts as well as for families looking for a vacation in the great outdoors.
Special rules apply to non-residents. Don’t be caught off guard: get the facts! Before your trip departure, please verify the policies and restrictions of each of the states/provinces you may go across on your way back home regarding meat and/or antlers transportation. Non-residents wishing to fish or hunt north of the 52nd parallel or east of the St. Augustin River (zone 19 south), as well as those hunting black bear, moose and woodcock south of the 52nd parallel (except in wildlife reserves and controlled harvesting zones [ZECs]), must use the service of an outfitter. Non-residents do not have to produce a hunter’s certificate to purchase a hunting license. Although they may use a gun, rifle, crossbow or bow to hunt game, they must use a gear authorized for each species and zone. They must also comply with Canadian gun legislation. For information on the use of firearms by a non-resident in Canada, visit www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/firearms/non-residentsThis link will open in a new window.
GENERAL RULES, ZONES AND QUOTAS
Quebec is divided into 29 fishing and hunting zones, according to species distribution. When hunting and fishing, you must respect the rules and quotas that apply in these zones and on the various bodies of water within them. You must also hold the appropriate licence for the chosen activity. Fishing and hunting seasons may vary from zone to zone.
In Quebec, you can enjoy your favorite hunting activity in autumn and sometimes into early winter. Only black bear, snow goose and wild turkey can be legally hunted in spring. Whether you're on the shores of the St. Lawrence, in the boreal forest or on the tundra, you'll enjoy exploring the Québec landscape in search of your favorite game!
For hunting, periods and harvest limits are fixed according to species and are governed by a wildlife management plan. Hunters must obtain a hunting licence and abide by the regulations in force in the 29 hunting zones.
Complete information on the various aspects of hunting and fishing in Quebec is available on the Quebec Government website: https://www.quebec.ca/en/tourism-and-recreation/sporting-and-outdoor-activitiesThis link will open in a new window.
Sport Fishing Regulation: https://www.quebec.ca/en/tourism-and-recreation/sporting-and-outdoor-activities/sport-fishingThis link will open in a new window
Sport Hunting Regulation: https://www.quebec.ca/en/tourism-and-recreation/sporting-and-outdoor-activities/sport-huntingThis link will open in a new window
Fishing Zone Maps: https://www.quebec.ca/en/tourism-and-recreation/sporting-and-outdoor-activities/sport-fishing/zones-periods/particular-rulesThis link will open in a new window
Hunting Zone Maps: https://www.quebec.ca/en/tourism-and-recreation/sporting-and-outdoor-activities/sport-hunting/hunting-zone-mapsThis link will open in a new window
Migratory Birds Regulation: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/environment/wildlife-plants-species/migratory-birds.htmlThis link will open in a new window
Specific Information for Non-Resident: https://www.quebec.ca/en/tourism-and-recreation/sporting-and-outdoor-activities/sport-hunting/special-rules/non-resident-huntersThis link will open in a new window
All hunters and anyone accompanying a hunter must wear a fluorescent-orange vest that covers the back, shoulders and chest, and is visible from any angle at all times. A life jacket must be provided for each person using any kind of boat. In addition, all boats must be equipped with a bailer, a sound signalling device, and a pair of oars.
REGULATION OF SPORT HUNTING
FIREARMS USE AND TRANSPORTATION
Non-residents must be 18 years of age or older to use a firearm in Canada or to bring one into the country. Non-residents coming to Canada without holding a Canadian firearms license must fill out a Non-Resident Firearms Declaration form before arriving at the entry point into Canada to save time. Do not sign the form; a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) customs officer must witness the signature. After a CBSA customs officer signs your Declaration, and that you paid the applicable fee (around $25), this temporary license is valid for 60 days. Visit the Royal Canadian Mounted Police website for more detail: https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/firearms/non-residentsThis link will open in a new window.
TRAVELLING WITH A DOG
Dogs may be admitted to Canada if a licensed veterinarian in their country of origin has issued a valid rabies vaccination certificate. The certificate must clearly identify the dogs (full description of the animal) and attest that they are vaccinated against rabies. For more information, contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency at: https://inspection.canada.ca/travelling-with-pets-food-or-plants/travelling-with-a-pet/eng/1575745860029/1575746174301This link will open in a new window. Make sure you contact your home country's authorities to prepare for the pet's return.
TRANSPORT AND EXPORT OF FISH AND GAME
Individuals who have in their possession, other than in their place of permanent residence, fish caught while sport fishing, must keep such fish in a condition making it possible to determine the species (enough skin left in place for identification), length (where length limits apply), and number. Non-residents may leave Québec with a quantity of fish equal to the possession limit for each species.
The transportation coupon and proof of registration allow for the transportation of big game or part of it, including fur, outside Québec. However, if the animal is a black bear, a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)This link will open in a new window permit is usually required to transport all or part of the animal outside Canada (see the section on Registration, transportation and registration for non-residentsThis link will open in a new window).
Any hunter who has killed a deer, moose, or black bear must immediately detach the appropriate transportation tag from his or her licence and affix it to the animal. The tag must remain attached throughout the registration process and until the animal has been dressed and stored. Where a moose has been bagged by a hunting party, the hunter who killed the animal and any other hunter participating in the hunt must ensure that their transportation tag is also affixed to the animal on the same day it is killed.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF FISHING AND HUNTING OUTFITTERS
Since they have no control over suppliers, outfitters cannot be held responsible if suppliers fail to provide the services described. In addition to the general conditions stated above, neither intermediaries nor outfitters can be held responsible for any damage, loss, delay, illness, injury or inconvenience arising from:
errors, negligence or omissions on the part of other suppliers such as carriers, hotels, etc.;
strikes, mechanical failures, quarantine or other restrictive government action, meteorological conditions, an act of God or other factors beyond human control such as forest fires or pandemic;
failure on the part of the customer to carry the necessary travel documents;
any airport delays on the customer’s day of departure, for whatever reason;
any material damage, loss of property or theft;
illness, injury, or death.
Ask your outfitter for more detail.
Due to fluctuating exchange rates, the prices indicated on the website are subject to change. We therefore strongly recommend that you check the exact price when making your reservation with the outfitter of your choice. Prices quoted could include or not include applicable federal (GST), provincial (QST), and the lodging taxes.
Whether you are dealing with an outfitter or an intermediary, make sure to inquire about cancellation policies and refunds on deposits or full payments. These conditions should appear in the outfitter’s brochure or website and the booking contract.
Most agencies offer trip cancellation, medical, and baggage insurance. For information on such policies, please contact the fishing or hunting agency of your choice. If the trip has not been completely paid for before your departure and you do not intend to settle the bill with cash, it is recommended that you verify whether the outfitter accepts personal cheques, travellers’ cheques or the credit card you plan to use.
Before departure, you should always check the weight limit on baggage with your airline carrier as well as the fees and policies related to bringing back meat and antlers.
ENTRY FORMALITIES AND CUSTOMS
Foreign visitors must have a valid passport. Visas are required for visitors from certain countries. In all cases, you should check with the Canadian consulate or embassy before departure. An electronic travel authorization is now required for citizens of several countries. To find out more, visit www.cbsa.gc.caThis link will open in a new window and www.cic.gc.caThis link will open in a new window.
CURRENCY, MONEY AND EXCHANGE OFFICES
The legal currency is the Canadian dollar, which is divided into 100 cents. There are denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollars, as well as coins of 5, 10 and 25 cents, and 1 and 2 dollars. The best-known credit cards are accepted everywhere, including VISA, MasterCard and American Express. Traveller's checks are generally accepted in major hotels, some restaurants and department stores. Otherwise, they must be cashed at an exchange office or bank. There are numerous exchange offices in Quebec's main cities. Airports also offer currency exchange services. Some shops accept American currency but offer a less competitive rate than exchange offices. Banks are generally open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Most ATMs (linked to the Cirrus, Système Plus or Interac networks) allow withdrawals at any time, seven days a week.
We advise you to contact your chosen outfitter to find out which payment methods are accepted on site.
Foreign travellers must pay their own medical expenses. Therefore, it is important to take out an insurance policy before leaving. Travelers carrying their medication with them are responsible for finding out about customs formalities from the Canada Border Services Agency. In pharmacies, medication is dispensed only on prescription from a physician who is a member of the Collège des médecins du Québec. In the event of a medical emergency, dial 911 from any telephone.
TAXES, SERVICES AND TIPS
In Quebec, two taxes are added to the selling price of most products and services: the federal goods and services tax (GST) and the Quebec sales tax (QST). In addition, there is a specific tax on lodging, which represents 3.5% of the room rate per night, before the GST and QST calculation. In restaurants, bars and cabs, you must leave a tip, not included in the bill, representing 10 to 15% of the total amount before taxes. At an outfitter, it's customary to tip staff such as guides and maintenance personnel.
Most Quebec cities have a humid continental climate, with four distinct seasons and significant temperature variations between them. Summer is hot, while winter is marked by heavy snowfalls. Quebec's far north is characterized by subarctic and arctic climates. The ancestral land of the Cree and Inuit is renowned for its long winters and short summers.
| ||January ||April ||July ||October |
|MONTRÉAL || ‐12 °C / ‐5 °C || ‐2 °C / 11 °C || 17 °C / 26 °C || 5 °C / 12 °C |
|QUÉBEC || ‐17 °C / ‐7 °C || ‐1 °C / 7 °C || 13 °C / 25 °C || 1 °C / 10 °C |
|GASPÉ || ‐17 °C / ‐6 °C || ‐3 °C / 6 °C || 10 °C / 23 °C || 0 °C / 10 °C |
|KUUJJUAQ || ‐28 °C / ‐19 °C || ‐14 °C / ‐4 °C || 5 °C / 17 °C || ‐3 °C / 2 °C |
For detailed local forecasts and long-term trends, visit www.meteo.gc.caThis link will open in a new window
CODE OF ETHICS AND BASIC PRINCIPLES
Professional ethics are the basic principles of moral conduct and obligations that Québec Outfitters Federation (QOF) member must follow when dealing with society in general, as well as their clients, employees, and colleagues. They also include outfitters’ duties to the profession. Each outfitter that becomes a member of the QOF must respect the Federation’s Code of Ethics and basic principles.
Visit the QOF’s Code of Ethics section to learn more about it.
TRAVEL AND DRIVING
Buses connect many Quebec cities, and numerous ferries provide annual or seasonal service on the St. Lawrence River and other major waterways. Most foreign driver's licenses are valid in Quebec. Car rental agencies are plentiful, often with offices at airports and railway stations. Visitors may drive on Quebec roads with a driver's license from their country of origin, for a maximum period of six months. An international driver's license is not mandatory. However, it is strongly recommended if your documents are in a language other than French or English.
Seatbelts must be worn by all car passengers. The consumption or presence of alcoholic beverages in a moving vehicle is strictly prohibited by the Code de la sécurité routière du Québec. In addition, anyone suspected of impaired driving must submit to a breathalyzer test. If the result reveals a level equal to or greater than 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood, the driver's license will be revoked immediately for a period of 30 days. Although the minimum age for driving a car is 16, some car rental companie may require a minimum age ranging from 18 to 25.
For more information on driving, road signs and getting around, visit the "Plan your tripThis link will open in a new window" section of BonjourQuebec.com. For a detailed representation of the entire road network, obtain the Official Road Map of Quebec.
As elsewhere in North America, the power is 110 volts (60 cycles). For example, European plugs cannot be used, an adapter is required.
TELEPHONE AND MAIL SERVICES
Local calls can be made from a public telephone by paying with coins or prepaid cards (credit card payments are more expensive). For long-distance calls, prepaid phone cards are generally the most economical choice. How a cell phone works abroad depends on the technology used and the service offered by your outfitter.
Canada Post offers few options for visitors planning to spend several weeks in Quebec without a fixed address. Visit https://www.canadapost-postescanada.ca/cpc/en/home.pageThis link will open in a new window for more information.
To prepare for your next trip, visit BonjourQuebec.comThis link will open in a new window, the official tourism website of the Quebec government. It's the most comprehensive reference tool for tourists. You'll find suggestions for activities, information on the different regions of Quebec and their attractions, and a wealth of useful information. If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to [email protected].