Ready to get out of the city for a while? Head to the beautiful Coaticook Valley, which is home to unique attractions such as the longest suspension footbridge in North America, the dazzling Foresta Lumina, and Acoatica — a new interactive survival adventure at Parc Découverte Nature.
Located just 15 minutes from Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook, Parc Découverte Nature offers a variety of activities for the entire family. Officially opened on July 13, 2021, Acoatica is an ideal day trip destination that will keep everyone active and engaged.
Indoor and outdoor fun
Visitors can live an underwater experience and learn about Quebec’s aquatic environments — while staying dry! It’s part educational, part adventure, and all-around fun for visitors of every age.
At a cost of nearly $3 million, the activity was built upon the site’s existing facilities to create an indoor and outdoor real-life video game where you’re the action star. The objective: Help save an endangered species of fish by collecting as many points as possible and forming the largest school.
“Acoatica is a unique experience in Quebec,” said Caroline Sage, director of Parc Découverte Nature and Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook. “These are five great adventures combining high-performance technology and the outdoors in a fun and educational atmosphere.”
At the entrance to the park, participants register their name and team and receive a bracelet, which is necessary in order to interact with the different modules located in the five adventure stations:
- Immersive: The indoor component combines technology that allows you to dive into lakes and experience the challenges fish face, such as overfishing and pollution.
- Playful: Play and race throughout the massive playground with electronic modules that will help you collect more points while challenging you physically and mentally. Jump like a frog on the in-ground trampoline, and race about the cable climbing structures. The team member’s best score will be counted and considered in order to enlarge their school of fish.
- Fishing: Catch your own lunch(!) at one of the two ponds that are stocked with rainbow and speckled trout. This environment is an easy and fun way to introduce the younger kids to fishing and all the equipment is included (though you can also bring your own). The caught fish are cleaned so you can eat them directly on-site or bring them home.
- Gourmet: With BBQs located nearby, prepare your freshly caught fish with spices and oils that showcase the region’s culinary offerings and cook them. For an extra charge, you can also accompany your meal with vegetables from local producers. On-site, picnic tables are decorated with games to play while enjoying your meal.
- Survival: Take a guided tour of the fish farm where you’ll learn about different stages from breeding to the release of endangered fish species. This is also the starting point for an escape game that will further help you discover the site and gain points.
Photo credit: Parc Découverte Nature
A variety of partners were part of the creation of Acoatica, including the Quebec Government through the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and territory management, Desjardins (Caisse des Verts-Sommets de l’Estrie), Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook, the Government of Canada via Canada Economic Development, the Tillotson Fund, the City of Coaticook, the MRC of Coaticook as well as Tourisme Cantons-de-l’Est.
If your visit includes other destinations in the area, combine your activities to maximize your experience and enjoy savings. See all offers at the bottom of THIS PAGE. To enjoy Acoatica, online booking is mandatory and you must arrive at the exact time indicated on your confirmation. Allow three hours for an optimal experience.
Rates: $28 for 16+, $24.50 for the 1st child (4-15), $22.50 per additional child, free for those 3 and under. Prices include access to the site and the Acoatica experience, access to the marsh station, one fish catch per person, and cooking on the BBQs (seasonings, sauces, aluminum foil, and cutlery included). The toddler ticket does not include a fish catch, but you can purchase one for an additional $5.
Parc Découverte Nature
2471 Baldwin-Barnston Rd., Coaticook