Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie was named after a series of valleys cut deep into a range of high mountains.The Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie are among the highest rock faces East of the Rockies! Steep slopes, beautiful natural surroundings, and the unusual course of Rivière Malbaie make this an exceptional site. Come and take a voyage into the heart of the Land of Menaud, where time stops but the spectacle goes on and on. This national park has the privilege of being one of the core zones of the Charlevoix Biosphere Reserve.
Explore the 30 km of trails that wind through our park, ranging from easy to difficult. Raise the curtain on a remarkable territory that wears traces left by time, ice, water and wind. Mountain climbers can meet on the highest peak in the area, Acropole des Draveurs, at 1,048 m in altitude.
Visit the national park during a 1 hour cruise aboard Le Menaud, a riverboat that holds 48 passengers. The rear deck is specially designed to make it easy for you to take photographs. The captain and park warden-naturalist will be more than happy to share their little corner of paradise with you.
You can also try the dusk cruise. Many people consider the 6:30 p.m. cruise the best one of the day. In fact, the river often becomes calm at this time, the animals come out, and the play of light on the rocky cliffs is at its height. Come and share these beautiful moments with the riverboat crew!
New: Campers in the park get a 20% discount at all times. Ask about it!
Excursions on the water are a great way to discover all the beauty of Rivière Malbaie: spectacular scenery, its history and its wildlife. In late afternoon, the river calms down, the wildlife gets moving and the play of light on the rocky cliffs is at its peak.
You can rent canoes by the hour, half day and full day at the equipment rental centre, 150 metres behind Le Draveur Visitors Centre.
Are you camping for a few days? You can leave your personal canoe at the equipment rental centre. Inquire about this. It’s free.
L’Équerre Campground, a breath of freedom! Discover an especially magical part of the park 8 km from the Draveur Visitors Centre. The site is accessible by canoe along Rivière Malbaie.
Kayaking is a great way for visitors to enjoy a magnificent part of Rivière Malbaie, upstream of Des Érables dam. Those who paddle all the way to l’Équerre can walk to the foot of a spectacular 45-metre-high waterfall along La-Chute-du-Ruisseau-Blanc trail. Out on the water, you’ll get a chance to see the impressive rock slides that took place in the Rivière Malbaie valley after the heavy rains of 1996.
You can rent solo and tandem kayaks by the hour, half day and full day at the equipment rental centre, 150 metres behind Le Draveur Visitors Centre.
Are you camping for a few days? You can leave your personal kayak at the equipment rental centre. Inquire about this. It’s free.
A paved 8-km path (one way) on a shared route (cars and bicycles), takes you through the beauties of the park from the Félix-Antoine-Savard Discovery and Visitors Centre to Le Draveur Visitors Centre. From there, you can ride 8 km along the gravel cycling path (one way) to L’Équerre. If you want to take a break, there are picnic areas along the way by Rivière Malbaie
You can rent bicycles at the Félix-Antoine-Savard Discovery and Visitors Centre or at the equipment rental centre, 150 feet behind Le Draveur Visitors Centre. Baggage and child trailers are also available at the rental centre.
The fish-filled waters of Rivière Malbaie attract several species of fishing birds, including the osprey and the Great Blue Heron. The latter is often seen by riverboat passengers or paddlers who travel the river’s calm waters. It’s is also common to see certain mammals that love the river’s shallow, muddy bottom, such as beaver and moose. Pick up your free self-discovery guide and get to know the wildlife around the river at your own pace. It’s available at the equipment rental centre.
The summit of Acropole-des-Draveurs is a completely different habitat than the valley. This high and arid plateau with characteristics of the Arctic is frequented by a few woodland caribou; every year, hikers on the trail report about fifteen sightings. For a better chance of seeing them, approach the peaks slowly and silently. It’s especially important to stay on the trails to respect their space and preserve the fragile vegetation of the summits, a major part of the caribou’s diet.
Several other animals inhabit the territory. See the list of mammals and birds in the park.
Every winter, skilled climbers take on the Pomme d’Or, a spectacular and perilous rock face along Rivière Malbaie. For permission to climb this ice wall in the park, you’ll need an access permit. Refer to Reservation Terms and Conditions for all the details.
Climbers must be in excellent physical condition and totally independent, since the ice wall is about 30 km from the closest telephone and off the park’s network of roads and trails. Under good weather conditions, it takes a full day of snowshoeing or off-trail skiing to reach the site.
If you are independent, climbing the Pomme d’Or requires a minimum stay of 3 days in the park.
Day 1: 30 km of snowshoeing or off-trail skiing to get to the foot of the cliff;
Day 2: climb the ice wall and return to base camp;
Day 3: 30 km of snowshoeing or off-trail skiing to return to your car.
We strongly recommend bringing a satellite telephone or a SPOT-type emergency message device. There is no emergency telephone on the site in the winter and the cell phone network does not serve the park’s territory.
A place for conservation and education, Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie is a laboratory in a natural setting. Come to class with our dedicated park wardens or welcome them to your school! The beauty, integrity, and cultural/historical characteristics of this territory have inspired six recreational/educational activities. Aimed at elementary, high school or college students, these activities will help them get in touch with their environment, make them understand its fragility, and take them through a memorable real-world experience...
The park is near Manoir Richelieu. Why not add a cruise with organized activities on Rivière Malbaie or a hike to your event? Also, the windows in Le Draveur Visitors Centre and the outdoor terrace make this a perfect place for savouring your meal in a fabulous setting.
To discover and appreciate the secrets of Hautes-Gorges, come camp on one of our semi-serviced campgrounds (washroom facilities with showers and toilets) or on a primitive campground (pit toilets).
Le Cran (semi-serviced), 0.5 km from the Félix-Antoine-Savard Discovery and Visitors Centre, 87 campsites, accommodates all types of equipment.
Le Pin-Blanc (semi-serviced), 2 km from Le Draveur Visitors Centre and close to the Acropole des Draveurs trail, 20 individual campsites and a group site.
L’Équerre (primitive), 8 km from Le Draveur Visitors Centre, 25 campsites in the forest or near the river. IMPORTANT: this site is accessible on foot or bicycle via the cycling path (8 km) or by canoe along Rivière Malbaie (8 km).
Change from 2012: Campers at L’Équerre no longer need to use the trailer shuttle to get to the Le Draveur Visitors Centre. They can park their vehicles at Le Draveur Visitors Centre in the parking space corresponding to their campsite number. Upon registration, a parking permit is issued for the rest of the stay.
In addition to the campsites already set up for your recreational vehicle, L'Épervier RV area offers sites designed specially for trailers and motorhomes. This RV area is completely open and unwooded with a gravel surface. It is recommended for self-reliant visitors because it is farther away from washroom facilities (toilet and shower). Check the characteristics to be sure it suits you.
Campsites are also available for group camping. Ideal for school groups, summer camps, families and big groups of friends.
L’Équerre, a breath of freedom! Discover an especially magical area of the park, 8 km from the Draveur Visitors Centre. The site is accessible on foot or by bicycle or canoe along Rivière Malbaie. You will discover one of the most beautiful areas of the park.
Changes since 2012 season: Campers at L’Équerre no longer need to use the trailer shuttle to get to the Le Draveur Visitors Centre. They can park their vehicles at Le Draveur Visitors Centre in the parking space corresponding to their campsite number. Upon registration, a parking permit is issued for the rest of the stay.
Hassle-free camping, perfect for the whole family! This type of lodging has 2 bedrooms with 2 queen-size beds, everything you need for cooking, a heater, lighting, table and chairs. Outside, you’ll find a picnic table, 4 garden chairs and a fireplace.
Le Cran (semi-serviced) has 19 Huttopia tents, to the great pleasure of our campers. They are accessible by car.
Le Pin blanc (semi-serviced) offers 5 Huttopia tents near Rivière Malbaie. They are only accessible on foot (distance between 95 and 215 metres). A baggage trailer is available to transport your personal belongings.
Sépaq is proud to partner with Vélo Québec to establish a Welcome Cyclists campsite network. Enjoy campsites exclusively for touring cyclists. They’re easily accessible and available without advance booking.
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