The best hiking in Quebec

Whether it’s a trail past majestic waterfalls, a trek to the end of the world or a complete circuit around a nearly deserted island, there is bound to be a hiking trail you like in Quebec.

Les Cascades

La Mauricie National Park
Length: 2km
Time: 1 hour
Level of difficulty: Easy

This short loop goes through a maple forest and along a pretty stream that leads you to one of the park’s iconic sites: the majestic waterfalls. It’s the ideal spot to take a break and cool off. If you would like to hike further, follow the intermediate Les Falaises loop (4.3km) and climb to lookouts above the rocky cliffs to enjoy superb views of Wapizagonke Lake.


Forillon National Park
Length: 7.8km (loop) or 3.6km (round trip to the observation tower)
Time: 3 - 4 hours (loop) or 2 hours (round trip to the observation tower)
Level of difficulty: Moderate

Sure to be your favourite! Starting from Cap-Bon-Ami, you will find the first kilometre steep going, but you will be wowed by the stunning vistas awaiting you at various points along this boreal forest trail! Once you’ve reached the observation tower, at an altitude of 283 m, you will be awe-struck by the exceptional beauty of the sea and cliffs below and the forest stretching away into the distance. On a clear day, you can even see Percé Rock!

L’Anse des Érosions Trail

Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve
Length: 0.6km (one-way)
Time: 15 minutes
Level of difficulty: Easy

Île Quarry is an island with a thousand and one things to discover. The boardwalks laid out all over the island take you past former sea cliffs and through forests, peat bogs and barrens. A number of splendid monoliths await you at Anse des Érosions on the south side of the island. For the more adventurous, experience Nature's grandeur while hiking along the shoreline around the island's perimeter, on the Le Petit Percé Trail (3.8km).

Canal Path

Lachine Canal National Historic Site
Length: 13.5km
Time: Depends on the section chosen
Level of difficulty: Easy

Classified as one of the most beautiful urban cycling paths in the world, this cycling path is bordered by green spaces, skyscrapers and centuries-old buildings. Walkers are also welcome and can follow a trail reserved exclusively for them along certain sections of the canal. Take a break at the famous Atwater Market to stock up on a wide range of delicious foods for a picnic! Enjoy the many rest areas located along the canal.

Nature Trail

Forges du Saint-Maurice National Historic Site
Length: 2km
Time: 30 minutes
Level of difficulty: Easy

While visiting the Forges, take advantage of the nature trail bordering the banks of the scenic St. Maurice River. Vegetation along the trail is luxuriant but through the occasional openings, visitors can get a glimpse of the beautiful panoramas offered by the St. Maurice River. If hiking builds up your appetite, stop and have a picnic at one of the many tables or in one of the many grassy areas.

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