Trekking in Quebec

day destinations km
1 Montreal
2 Montreal Bic National Park 539 km
3 Bic National Park Matane 113 km
4 Matane Gaspesie National Park 108 km
5 Gaspesie National Park
6 Gaspesie National Park
7 Gaspesie National Park Côte Gaspésienne 88 km
8 Côte Gaspésienne Forillon National Park 149 km
9 Forillon National Park
10 Forillon National Park Percé 61 km
11 Percé Baie des Chaleurs 227 km
12 Baie des Chaleurs Matapedia Valley 126 km
13 Matapedia Valley Quebec City 421 km
14 Quebec City
15 Quebec City Montreal 259 km
TOTAL 2091 km
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  • 14 nights' accommodation as described in the program (or similar)
  • Breakfasts where applicable
  • Round-trip transportation for the Mont Jacques-Cartier hike (June 24 to September 30)
  • Bonaventure Island Cruise
  • Bedding and kitchen equipment if cottage stays
  • Assistance from your Canadian travel specialist (before, during and after the trip)
  • All applicable taxes
  • Protection for foreign travellers through the Compensation fund for customers of travel agents
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not included


* Camping season
The camping version of this trip is only available from June 14 to September 10.

GPS rental
Add a GPS to your Travel Kit for $12 / day
Max. $120 per rental (€80)


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special offer 2018

Book before November 30th, 2017 and choose 2 of these 4 special offers:

1. FREE whale-watching safari
2. FREE lunch at the sugar shack
3. $50 discount per adult
4. FREE cancellation protection

* Certain conditions apply ( see general terms and conditions)

Detailed itinerary

DAY 1 - Montreal

Welcome to the second-largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris.

Like any great city, Montreal has 1001 attractions to offer visitors. Take the opportunity to experience the rhythm of its 5 main neighbourhoods: the Plateau Mont Royal, Old Montreal, Downtown, the Latin Quarter and Mont Royal Park.

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DAY 2 - Montreal Bic National Park ( 539 km / 05h15 )

Et voilà! You set out this morning on your great Québec adventure. Your first destination is Bic National Park.

Located in the St. Lawrence estuary, this national park proudly showcases its capes, bays, coves, islands and mountains, which have contributed to its renown.

We strongly recommend seal watching at Cap-Caribou or Pointe-aux-Épinettes (depending on the tides).

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DAY 3 - Bic National Park Matane ( 113 km / 01h21 )

Along this morning's route, Mitis River Park is a perfect place to stop and enjoy the splendours of nature. The whole family will enjoy a walk through the woods along the park's network of hiking trails.

Hike: Mitis River walking trail
Level: Very easy
Duration: 2 to 4 hours
Length: 2 to 6 km (loop or round-trip)
Elevation gain: no significant elevation gain

Your route continues to Matane, where two interesting hikes await. The Grotte des Fées trail features a spectacular waterfall, an ancient cave and a river canyon. Experienced hikers may prefer the Mont Nicol-Albert trail in the Réserve Faunique de Matane wildlife reserve. The reserve is reserve is home to a rich diversity of wildlife including the largest concentration of moose in Québec. You may well run into the majestic forest-dweller during your hike!

Two hikes to choose from:
Grotte des Fées

Level: Easy to difficult
Duration: 1 to 3 hours
Length: +/- 5 km (round-trip)

Mont Nicol-Albert trail
Level: Very difficult
Duration: 2 to 4 hours
Length: 12.4 km (round-trip)
Elevation gain: 750m

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DAY 4 - Matane Gaspesie National Park ( 108 km / 01h15 )

This morning you head for Gaspésie National Park, listed by national Geographic as one of the Top 50 travel destinations in the world. This sea of mountains is a hikers' paradise, with over two dozen summits of more than 1,000 metres in elevation.

A wide variety of trails give hikers ample opportunity to experience the park's mountainous environment. High barren peaks, glacial cirques and signs of wildlife are just some interesting elements of these daily hikes.

Hike: Pic du Brûlé
Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 to 6 hours
Distance: 13.2 km (loop)
Elevation gain: 430 metres

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Hiking is, without a doubt, the most popular activity in Gaspésie National Park.

One of the park's signature trails is the one that leads to the top of Mont Jacques-Cartier, the second highest peak in Québec. The barren summit has a real "Far North" feel to it; you may even surprise some caribou grazing at the top!

Recommended hike: Mont-Jacques-Cartier
Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Distance: 8.3 km (round-trip)
Elevation gain: 465 metres

The Mont Albert trail leads to an immense alpine plateau with spectacular views of the surrounding sea of mountains. On the way back down, take the Vallée du Diable trail, which offers views of alpine tundra and orange-coloured serpentine rock, quite a rare sight in North America.

Recommended hike: Mont Albert
Level: Very difficult
Duration: 6 to 8 hours
Distance: 17.4 km (loop)
Elevation gain: 870 metres

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You wake up once again in the heart of the spectacular Gaspé Peninsula. 

Today the Lac aux Américains and Mont Ernest-Laforce trails beckon you to discover more breathtaking picture-perfect scenery.

The varied climates and unusual geomorphology of Gaspésie National Park attract a diversity of plant and animal species that are unique to Quebec, including many birds of prey, moose and white-tailed deer. Wildlife photographers will be in their element!

Two hikes to choose from:
Lac aux Américains

Level: Easy
Duration: 2 to 4 hours
Distance: 2.6 km (round-trip)
Elevation gain: 80 metres

Mont Ernest-Laforce
Level: Intermediate
Duration: 2 hours
Distance: 4.5 km (loop)
Elevation gain: 155 metres

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Today you tackle Mont Saint-Pierre.

Your climb begins on the hang-gliding access trail before following the Delta trail to the summit. Here you may see paragliders or hang-gliders launching from the top of the mountain.

Be sure to admire the magnificent Mont-St-Pierre glacial valley, sculpted some 15,000 years ago.

Hike: Mont-Saint-Pierre
Level: Intermediate
Duration: 3 to 5 hours
Distance: 8 km (round-trip)
Elevation gain: 400 metres

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DAY 8 - Côte Gaspésienne Forillon National Park ( 149 km / 01h50 )

After breakfast you set out for the incredible Forillon National Park, where mountain cliffs thrust brutally into the Atlantic Ocean.

The section of Route 132 between Forillon Park and Gaspesie Park is, without a doubt, one of the most spectacular drives in Quebec, if not in Canada. Along the way, you will find several hiking trails that follow the shore between Canne-de-Roches and L'Anse-à-Valleau.

You reach your destination at the end of the day: Forillon National Park, renowned for its 244 km² of magnificent seascapes, cliffs and mountains. 

Hike: Pointe-à-la-Renommée
Level: Very easy
Duration: 2 to 4 hours
Distance: 0.7 to 5 km (loop or round-trip)
Elevation gain: 250 metres

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After breakfast you make your way to Petit-Gaspé beach, where you will find the trailhead for the Mont St-Alban trail.

You will be impressed by the magnificent scenery of sea and cliffs along this trail. The gentle climb offers a series of lookouts with stunning views of the river.

Once you reach the Mont St-Alban observation tower, take some time to admire the panoramic view of the beautiful Cap-Gaspé cliffs and the vast Gulf of St. Lawrence before continuing down the stairs and wide trail on the other side.

Hike: Mont St-Alban
Level: Easy
Duration: 3 to 5 hours
Distance: 9 km (loop)
Elevation gain: 280 metres

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DAY 10 - Forillon National Park Percé ( 61 km / 00h48 )

This afternoon your route continues in the direction of the famous Percé Rock, sculpted by time and the sea at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula.

An extension of the Appalachians into the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, this rocky city has Île Bonaventure as a fortress, and the majestic Percé Rock, the tourism emblem of Québec, as a stone vessel.

Bonaventure Island and Percé Rock National Park boast of a rich historical and natural heritage, a surprising geological past, and unusual plant and animal life including an impressive world-renowned colony of Northern Gannets.

Hike: Chemin-du-Roy
Level: Intermediate
Duration: 3 hours
Distance: 9.4 km (round-trip)
Elevation gain: no significant elevation gain

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DAY 11 - Percé Baie des Chaleurs ( 227 km / 03h06 )

Spend an enjoyable morning in Baie des Chaleurs, with its long-standing reputation for open hospitality and "bon vivants" who enjoy the good things in life. You are sure to find a warm welcome that you will be hard-pressed to forget!

If you have time, stop off along the way to canoe down the Bonaventure River with its clear turquoise waters, easily one of the most beautiful rivers in Quebec.

Whether you are in the mood for adventure or for a casual hike, Carleton-sur-Mer offers a network of trails with stunning views of the surrounding area. 36 kilometres of interconnected trails with numerous bridges, stairs and viewpoints will take you to the peaks of Mont Saint-Joseph (555 metres) and Mont Carleton (613 metres).

Hikes: Carleton-sur-Mer and Maria trails
Level: Easy to intermediate
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Distance: 1 to 5 km (loop or round-trip)
Elevation gain: 155 metres

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DAY 12 - Baie des Chaleurs Matapedia Valley ( 126 km / 01h30 )

This morning you set out for a little-known corner of Québec: the Matapédia Valley, with its rich cultural heritage of magnificent churches, ancestral homes, historic sites and covered bridges.

The Matapédia region is also a great outdoor destination, and boasts many scenic hiking and biking trails.

Today we recommend taking a walk out to Pico Falls. This 12-metre waterfall is accessible by a 1-km hiking trail with a boardwalk and a series of wooden stairs.

Hike: Site des Chutes et Marais
Level: Easy
Durée: 1 hour
Distance: 3.5 km (round-trip)
Elevation gain: No significant elevation gain

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DAY 13 - Matapedia Valley Quebec City ( 421 km / 04h19 )

The final hike of your trip will be the "Trois Sœurs" trail, named for the three hills that shape the local landscape. 

The trail will take you through an imposing stand of maple and along a 400-metre log walkway through a peaceful cedar grove. Take a break at the observation tower and enjoy the panoramic view of Matapédia Lake.

This afternoon, you head for the beautiful and historic Quebec City, the cradle of French culture in the Americas.

Hike: Boucle des Trois Soeurs
Level: Easy
Duration: 3 to 5 hours
Distance: 7 km (loop)
Elevation gain: 300 metres

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DAY 14 - Quebec City

You have an entire to day to spend exploring the capital of Québec.

Perched on the cliffs of Cap Diamant and overlooking the St. Lawrence River, Quebec is proud to be a living museum and the only fortified city in North America.

The best way to explore the city and its many historic sites is on foot. The entire old town is a UNESCO world heritage site.

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DAY 15 - Quebec City Montreal ( 259 km / 02h40 )

Enjoy the last moments of your Quebec vacation, before heading to the Montreal airport for your flight home.

It's time to say "au revoir" to the land of lakes and rivers, your hearts filled with beautiful memories that will last a lifetime!

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included
  • 14 nights' accommodation as described in the program (or similar)
  • Breakfasts where applicable
  • Round-trip transportation for the Mont Jacques-Cartier hike (June 24 to September 30)
  • Bonaventure Island Cruise
  • Bedding and kitchen equipment if cottage stays
  • Assistance from your Canadian travel specialist (before, during and after the trip)
  • All applicable taxes
  • Protection for foreign travellers through the Compensation fund for customers of travel agents
icon-minus
not included


* Camping season
The camping version of this trip is only available from June 14 to September 10.

GPS rental
Add a GPS to your Travel Kit for $12 / day
Max. $120 per rental (€80)


icon-promo-cad
special offer 2018

Book before November 30th, 2017 and choose 2 of these 4 special offers:

1. FREE whale-watching safari
2. FREE lunch at the sugar shack
3. $50 discount per adult
4. FREE cancellation protection

* Certain conditions apply ( see general terms and conditions)