What do bison, deer, elk, wolves, bears, foxes, and caribou have in common, other than being wild animals in Canada?
Well, you can get up close and personal with them at Parc Omega!
Montebello's Parc Omega
A visit to Parc Omega is the perfect activity for families or friends to take a break from everyday life and immerse themselves in nature.
Hiking and snowshoeing trails, a wolf-watching bridge, a skating rink, a farm: there’s no shortage of choices at Parc Omega!
There is something for everyone. And the best part of all this? It is possible to rent a cottage and sleep in the middle of a wolf pack!
Sleeping among the wolves at Parc Omega
The Parc Omega accommodations are open all year round.
They offer the opportunity to spend time in the heart of the pack, to observe their dynamics, and to be woken up by the howling in the middle of the night…
Three types of accommodation are available to sleep with the wolves:
|Wolves’ Cabin||Up to 4 persons||
||starting at $549|
|Wolves’ cottage||Up to 6 people||
||starting at $749|
|Wolf Lodge||Up to 6 people||
||starting at $849|
Here’s what the interior and surroundings of one of Parc Omega ‘s two Wolf Cabins look like, as well as the view from the private walkway that allows you to observe the pack.
Other types of accommodation at Parc Omega
Parc Omega also offers accommodation in the wilderness, without the private wolf pack:
- houses on stilts
- prospectors’ cabins
Prices vary considerably depending on the type of stay and the time of year.
All information is available on the official website.
Book with credit card rewards points
Reservations for Parc Omega should be made well in advance.
I actually booked using my HSBC World Elite® Mastercard®, and was able to apply my rewards points to offset the expense. You can also check out this list of the best credit cards for lodging expenses.
What can you do on site?
The circuit by car
The most popular attraction at Parc Omega is the car circuit.
Get your bags of baby carrots ready (I brought 8 and ran out), because the deer are hungry!
From the start, my car was surrounded by dozens (I’m not exaggerating) of deer and reindeer who were clearly after my bag of carrots.
No kidding, it’s a pretty unique experience.
The principle is to follow a relatively well-marked circuit (yes, I got a little lost) of twelve kilometres through the park.
We cross different natural environments where we find about twenty wild species, including bison, caribou, wild boar and arctic fox. You have to drive slowly, because it is technically possible to collide with an animal.
I would not advise owners of nice cars to venture out there with their new cars. We pass very close to the animals, many of which have antlers, or horns (hello, bison).
The animals are generally quite gentle, but there was a certain mountain goat (not to be named…) who took the initiative to put her beautiful hooves on my windowsill.
I guess I wasn’t feeding it fast enough. Good thing my resounding “NOOOOOON!” scared it off.
I would say the tour takes a good two hours, without doing any other activities. We drive slowly, we try to avoid the wild boars and baby deer that plant themselves in front of the car, and we laugh a lot.
Other activities at Parc Omega
There are also activities for families: souvenir shop, lumberjack camp, snowshoe rental, playgrounds, old-time farm…
Summer at Parc Omega
Here are some examples of activites from the Parc Omega website during the summer:
- Picnic with the white-tailed deer who will want to share your meal.
- Enjoy a good meal at the Cookery and finish with an ice cream treat at our Creamery.
- Children can have fun in our playground at the Enchanted Cabin and through the aerial tree course.
- Accessible footpaths to the farm (free cart rental).
- Attend the various animations and presentations offered.
Winter at Parc Omega
Here are some examples of activites from the Parc Omega website during the winter:
- Enjoy nature attractions such as our snowshoeing trails among the white-tailed deer.
- During the sugaring off season, take the trail to the Old Fashioned Sugar Shack where maple products are offered at affordable prices. Take the trail on foot or snowshoes.
- Warm up with hot chocolate and a fire at the lumberjack camp or in the yurt.
Parc Omega rates
Parc Omega is open year-round and welcomes visitors from all over the world.
Entrance to the park (i.e., the driving tour and on-site activities) costs:
- 33.05 for an adult
- 30.44 for an adult 65 years and older
- 26.09 for a child aged 6 to 15
- 13.92 for a child aged 2 to 5
All prices are plus taxes.
Hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last admission at 4:00 p.m.) on weekdays, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends.
The most beautiful part of Parc Omega, in my opinion, is the night spent among the wolves. Dear canis lupus, you have amazed me. I was speechless as I listened to your howls and watched you squabble under the moonlight.
In short, Parc Omega is a far cry from Safari Park. It’s more like an immersion in the natural beauty of the Canadian forests, with a few carrots thrown in.
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