Our best trails to access spectacular viewpoints
There's nothing like a hike to expend all that excess energy while discovering the unique natural environments that surround us. Sépaq destinations throughout the province offer small- and big-time walkers more than 200 hiking trails. Whether on circuits designed for families or for expert mountain hikers, superb panoramas will unfold before your eyes, offering a complete change of scenery.
Just for you, we’ve selected a number of trails that stand out for the scenic beauty that you'll admire during an expedition. An adventure in the wilderness awaits you!
Parc national des Grands-Jardins
Welcome to Parc national des Grands-Jardins, an enclave in Québec’s far north that’s a big hit with hikers. The vast majority of easy and intermediate trails offer breathtaking views. We're thinking in particular of must-see Mont-du-Lac-des-Cygnes trail, which offers a unique view of the Charlevoix meteorite crater and of Vallée du Gros-Bras. Providing access to a 730 m peak, La Chouenne trail is also a perfect option if you want to admire magnificent views of the valley and of the Mont du Gros Bras mountain wall. A dazzling display awaits you from the very first kilometre of the hike!
Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie
Acropole des Draveurs trail in Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie is truly one of a kind. Its 800 m vertical drop over a distance of 5 km is a physical challenge that will reward hikers with a panoramic view. During your hike, you'll be transported into a forest world until the first peak, where you'll be immersed in an alpine environment featuring stunning flora and gorgeous scenery. A spectacular view of Vallée de la Rivière Malbaie and the surrounding mountains awaits you.
Parc national de la Gaspésie
Parc national de la Gaspésie has added yet another trail to its already impressive collection of circuits. Offering a 1.7 km stroll, La Rivière-Cascapédia trail has been carefully designed in an unlogged mature forest. The end of the circuit corresponds to the junction of Rivière Cascapédia and Ruisseau aux Saumons, where picnic tables and river access await you. Mont du Sud provides an unforgettable backdrop. While less well known than Mont Albert, it's not unlike that mountain in terms of its rock composition. Finally, fresh air enthusiasts will have the pleasure of exploring this territory to conquer the renowned Albert, Jacques-Cartier, and Richardson peaks, as well as other mountains for seasoned hikers.
Please note that the Albert, Jacques-Cartier and Xalibu mountains will be accessible until September 29, 2019.
Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier
While Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier’s Le Scotora trail was formerly used by Jesuits and Amerindians to make their way to Lac Saint-Jean, today it’s a favoured pathway for outdoor enthusiasts who aren’t afraid of distances. Exploring this 16 km round trip circuit, hikers will ascend 500 metres to reach Mont Andante, follow a lengthy beaver stream, and admire a spectacular view of the valley gorges.
Parc national du Mont-Mégantic
Great news! Since the opening of Escarpements Trail, all sorts of hikers have explored this circuit of Parc national du Mont-Mégantic’s Franceville sector. Whether you’re a seasoned trekker looking for a shorter route for a change or a contemplative walker out to observe the different contrasts of mosses, lichens, and rocks, you’re sure to be satisfied.
The itinerary offers a great many natural and landscape elements to discover. The circuit has been designed to maximize the number of these sites of interest in order to make the walking experience varied, special, and even surprising. Examples include passages at the foot of the cliff to create the impression of overhanging mountains; a blind turn leading to large openings; rock formations buried under thick layers of green moss; narrow passages enclosed by a maple grove; a low-angle view of the Mont Mégantic massif; and many more besides.