Parc national des Monts-Valin
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From your first steps in the trails, you will feel the light cool wind of the north! From the meanders of Rivière Valin to the rocky peaks of the mountains, or even to the fabulous Vallée des Fantômes, explore the park on foot, skis, snowshoes or by canoe, according to the seasons, at your own pace!
Rivière Valin Valley: At the foot of a giant!
This area can be explored by canoe on the river or on the trails that wind through its foothills. The Tête-de-Chien trail, popular in every season, leads half-way up the mountain to an altitude of 576 metres (8 kilometres round trip). On the other side, Le Mirador trail offers a stunning view of the wetlands and the mountain (3 kilometres round trip).
Pic de la Hutte
The Pic de la Hutte peak is 900 metres high. At this altitude, visitors notice differences in vegetation and the exceptional view. A rest stop provides shelter and a place to have a snack. The trail is accessible from the Registration Centre (16-km trail round trip) or, more easily, by driving up the mountain by car (3-km round trip trail or 5-km loop).
Baie d’Alexis sector
At the foot of the famous Vallée des Fantômes and Pic Dubuc, the Baie d’Alexis sector offers a variety of accommodations on the shores of Lac aux Canots. This is the perfect base camp for exploring the park along the trails or lakes. Couples, families and groups will find what they need with our variety of accommodations, which offer both comfort and the tranquility of the boreal forest.
Lac Martin-Valin sector
Brook trout (speckled trout) fishing is practiced here by the day or with accommodations (fishing package). Comfortable cabins are also available for those who simply want to enjoy water sports and the peaceful setting. Canoeing is a great way to explore this network of lakes.
Cross country skiing and fatbiking
At the foot of the imposing massif, the landscape is magnificent! There are trails ranging from 2 to 12 km. The itineraries alternate between lakes and mountains, giving you an opportunity to admire the snowy scenery and bare rock walls. At the halfway point, the Piedmont warming hut is perched on a hill, offering a fabulous view of the mountain. Fatbike rental is available.
Hiking in Vallée des Fantômes
If you’re looking to make peace with winter and snow, this is the perfect adventure. In the heart of Vallée des Fantômes, take a moderate 3-km trail to the top of Pic Dubuc. From there, you’ll have a view as far as the eye can see of the Piedmont hills and the Mont Valin massif, as well as the Saguenay lowlands. A rest stop two kilometers from the starting point provides hikers with shelter to warm up and have a bite. Take to Fantôme-Express shuttle for easy access to Vallée des Fantômes.
Enriching nature experiences.
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