5 Must-see hiking spots in Quebec | Part IIPosted by Guillaume Bourque on
Have you had the chance to try all the hiking spots listed in our previous blog post? Did you test your cardio on your way up to La Montagne Verte in Tremblant, or were you astonished by the beautiful sceneries of the Hautes-Gorges de la Malbaie?
Since we have a lot of great weather ahead of us (and your feedback on our previous blog post was amazing) we decided to prepare a Part II of our list of 5 must-see hiking spots in Quebec. Since we’re in the road trip season, we decided to dig a little deeper and includes more hikes far from Montreal (our hometown). So, let’s hit the road and show some love to all the regions in Quebec!
Mont Saint-Pierre, Gaspésie, Québec
We start this list with a special one. And it is special not because it is particularly long, or because the summit is extremely high. Actually, it is probably one of the smallest mountains listed in our blog posts, with an altitude of only 430m.
So, what makes this hiking spot so special? Well, it is simply one of the very few summits you can find in Quebec that gives you the feeling that you’re at the top of a mountain located on a small pacific island. Indeed, the view at the top is simply breathtaking, as you can witness the beautiful Saint-Lawrence River and L’Anse du Mont Saint-Pierre (which reminds us of a small Hawaiian lagoon).
But don’t’ have in mind that it’s going to be an easy walk in the park, because even if the hike itself is relatively short (4.4Km for the round trip), the challenge is still significant. Indeed, you’ll have to face a height difference of 400m in only 2 km. A real challenge for your legs and cardio, but definitely worth the hike!
Height difference: 416m
Mont Albert, Gaspésie, Québec
Gaspesie is without a doubt, one of the top destinations for tourists visiting La Belle Province. Indeed, it is one of the most visited regions in Quebec during summer. It is also a tremendous playground for hiking lovers. This is why we had to include Mont Albert in our list. One of the most impressive hikes you can do in this region.
Mont Albert is one of the highest mountains in Quebec. With a peak of 1151m, it is also one of the fewest mountains in Quebec with a 13.2 km2 plateau at the top. If you’re looking for a good challenge, you found it, as it will take you approximately 8 hours to complete the 19,1 km. But just like anything in life, hard things are worth doing. And this hike follows exactly this saying. You’ll be rewarded within the first km, as you’ll be able to contemplate several rivers and feel the power of the waterfalls that you’ll cross on your way up. You’ll also have to cross a rocky valley, where you’ll be surrounded by several mountains. The view at the top is beautiful, and lets you experience a 360 view of the mountains surrounding you. Definitely a must!
Side note: To anyone who passionately loves driving like myself, the road to get there is simply awesome, as you’re surrounded by small lakes, rivers, and of course, mountains.
Height difference: 968m
Mont Jacques Cartier, Parc National de la Jacques Cartier, Gaspésie, Québec
What if we told you that you can hike the second tallest mountain in Quebec in only 4 hours and with only 560m of height difference? Sounds too good to be true, right? Surprisingly, it is exactly what the Mont Jacques Cartier offers you. Also located in the beautiful region of Gaspesie (you can see the pattern, right?) the Mont Jacques Cartier offers a relatively quick and easy hike for anyone who wants to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the second tallest mountain in Quebec.
The Mont Jacques Cartier is not only unique for its relatively easy hiking trail but also for the wildlife that it contains. Indeed, this mountain is a great place to spot one of the most iconic animals in Canada, the Caribou. And no need to go deep into the woods (or far from the trail put together by the SEPAQ) to increase your chance to see one. Several hikers encountered this beautiful animal simply by staying on the trail laid out by the SEPAQ. Will nature let you witness this iconic animal?
Height difference: 568m
Le sentier du Fjord, Saguenay, Québec
We leave Gaspésie to go discover another beautiful region, the region of Saguenay. Located near Tadoussac, one of the most iconic cities of the North Coast of Quebec, this hiking spot is one of the few spots in Quebec where you can witness one of the most iconic mammals in the world: The Beluga. That’s right, there is a good chance for you to see this ever-smiling mammals, especially if you hit this trail in July or August.
As for the hike itself, it is considered to be a moderate challenge, as it is a relatively easy hike with no important height difference (532m). It will take you approximately 5h to complete the first part of the trail, which is going to lead you to kilometres 16. This hike is also special because it allows you to go along the Fjord du Saguenay, which is renown for its spectacular wildlife and its beautiful scenery. However, it is worth mentioning that this hike needs a little bit more preparation, as you’ll need to reserve a place in of the shelters available. We would recommend contacting the SEPAQ before doing this hike.
Duration: 5h (from km 0 to 16)
Height difference: 532m (from km 0 to 16)
La montagne blanche, Saguenay, Québec
Our last hiking spot is also located within the Parc National du Fjord-du-Saguenay and just like the previous spot, it offers you breathtaking point of views of the Fjord. With a total length of 13.4km, you’re in for a great 5h walk across lakes, rivers, rocky cliffs and more. One of the best things about this hike, is that you’ll encounter nature’s wonders in the early stage of the hike. Indeed, you’ll be able to witness the power of nature by admiring some beautiful waterfalls, as well as different type of ecosystems. A great hike to anyone who wants to feel and witness the beauty of the region!
Height difference: 637m
We hope that this second list of the best hiking spot in Quebec will help you reconnect with one of the most important things: Nature. Let’s make the best out of this beautiful summer. Mucho Love!