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5 best natural hikes in Quebec according to our readers

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Acropole des draveurs (Charlevoix)
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Not far from Montréal, the Laurentians and Eastern Township regions are home to resort and ski centres. In every region, huge parks provide the perfect setting for you to take part in numerous outdoor activities that are as varied as the passing seasons. The majestic St. Lawrence River, which cuts through Québec, is ideal for incredible cruises. Oxygenate yourself with one of the 5 hikes proposed by our readers. Hike paths which will fill up with joy the nature’s lover in you! Put on your walking boots and discover the most beautiful natural scenery in Quebec!

___CHARLEVOIX___

ACROPOLE DES DRAVEURS

Parc des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie. 10.4 km (aller-retour)

Located in the Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie National Park, this trail transports its hikers into a forest world, first and then in an alpine environment where flora and Arctic landscapes are honored. The Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie are among the highest walls from the eastern Rocky Mountains! At the top, a spectacular view over the valley of the Malbaie River and the surrounding mountains is waiting for the hiker. The importance of the unevenness, the beauty of the landscapes and the particular route of the Malbaie River make this site an enchanting place. This national park has the privilege of being one of the central areas of the Charlevoix Biosphere Reserve. Be the first of the day to reach its peak and you will greatly increase your chances of observing the caribou that have been frequenting the park for a few years.

Sentier la Chouenne

Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie, Sépaq

This trail of the Grands-Jardins National Park gives access to a summit of 730 meters above sea level where you can enjoy magnificent views of the valley and the façade of Mount Gros Bras. A dazzling spectacle from the first kilometer of hiking!

 

 

___GASPÉSIE___

Sentier Mont-Albert

Parc national de la Gaspésie, Sépaq  17.2 km (aller-retour)

Located in the exceptional Gaspésie National Park, Mount Albert culminates at an altitude of more than 1070 meters. The Mont Albert hiking trail is part of the Chic-Chocs in the Parc de la Gaspésie. This park includes the highest mountains in Quebec (excluding the Torngats of the Far North). In addition to giving a breathtaking view of the surrounding Alpine tundra, the summit is a plateau from which it is potentially possible to observe members Of the last St. Lawrence River caribou herd, a species at risk of extinction.

 

 

___EASTERN TOWNSHIPS___

Sentier du Mont Mégantic

Parc national du Mont-Mégantic

Located in the heart of the first International Starry Sky Reserve, the Mont-Mégantic National Park offers a fascinating journey through space, but also through fascinating landscapes. Mont Mégantic, with a peak of 1105 meters, offers exceptional views of the surrounding area.

 

 

___SAGUENAY___

Sentier des Murailles

Petit-Saguenay

Much better known in winter, the Murailles trail presents the hinterland of the Saguenay with its mountains, its glacial valley and its view of the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord in the distance. The backcountry of the Lower Saguenay contains little known little corners that are revealed only to those who dare to leave the beaten path. What's more, the mountains that litter this territory cover several meters of snow once the winter comes. Better yet, rarely do we meet other hikers on the courses that crisscross these massifs ... We appreciate the silence, the tranquility of the place where the only sounds perceived mostly sum up spruce branches s' Giving way to the dance of the wind or to a few aspen poplars cracking in a movement of back and forth that would seem to be metronomic. Stretching between the municipalities of Rivière-Éternité, L'Anse-Saint-Jean and Petit-Saguenay, the Les Murailles trail offers more than 100 km of marked, untraced trails; It is therefore not uncommon to have to open the track yourself. Between passes and summits, one runs along streams, lakes and rivers which often flow at more than 400 m of altitude. Sometimes one plunges into deeply steep valleys, sometimes one overlooks the dizzying walls typically Saguenéennes. Walking through the deep valleys, you will understand why this path has been named "Les Murailles".