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Parc national de la Gaspésie: A Hiker’s Favourite Trails
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Parc national de la Gaspésie: A Hiker’s Favourite Trails

Parc national de la Gaspésie offers countless options for hiking enthusiasts. Sometimes, choosing a trail is the hardest part. Here are some suggestions among my favourite trails in the park, whether you have a few hours or a full day.


Length: 8.8 km (return trip) | 11.4 km (loop) – Vertical drop: 365 m
Ruisseau-Isabelle parking lot

It’s probably the best ratio of beautiful vistas versus required effort! The climb on Mt. Olivine is fairly gradual all the way to the ridge. Completely bare, it offers 360 degrees of stunning panoramas, Mt. Albert’s bowl and Lac du Diable, among others. From the top, you can just turn around or head for the whole loop, going by the Serpentine shelter where you can take a well-deserved break, in a comfortable setting.


Length: 12 km – Vertical drop: 370 m
Coupe-Feu parking lot

Pic de l’Aube is undoubtedly the most spectacular viewpoint from the summit of the impressive Chic-Chocs wall. The wide trail on a constant incline follows an old forestry road and comes out on the top of Pic de l’Aube. On a clear day, the view on the St. Lawrence is simply divine. On the way to or from the trailhead, be sure to stop at Lac Paul where you are likely to see moose by the lakeside.


Length: 11.6 km (return trip)
Detour to the Surplomb viewpoint: add 4 km
Vertical drop: 705 m | Mont-Joseph-Fortin parking lot

This trail is an autumnal classic, but its diversity and numerous vistas make it an appealing option for any season. After the first section of the trail, which is the most strenuous, a short detour will take you to the Surplomb, a lookout perched at the top of the Lac aux Américains glacial cirque, which could be an interesting destination if you are running short on time. In the second section leading to the summit of Mt. Richardson, you might be fortunate enough to encounter caribou. The summit is also one of the few spots in the park where you can see both Mt. Jacques-Cartier and Mt. Albert.

Curious about all the hiking options in Parc national de la Gaspésie? Visit the park’s website to get more information about other hiking trails and to help you plan your stay in the park!

For more details:
Parc national de la Gaspésie 
1981, route du Parc
Sainte-Anne-des-Monts (Quebec) Canada
G4V 2E4
Phone: 418 763-7494
Toll free: 1 800 665-6527

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Author Jean-Pascal Côté

A certified translator and avid outdoorsman, Jean-Pascal Côté works as a freelance writer and translator in Bas-Saint-Laurent, the region where he was born. He regularly escapes his daily life by going road biking, cycle touring or cyclocross racing, skiing in the mountains of Bas-Saint-Laurent or Western Canada, or sea kayaking on the St. Lawrence River. He is constantly dreaming up new travel plans. He also blogs (on an admittedly irregular basis) about his cycle touring adventures.

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How difficult are the trails for a new hiker or someone who doesn't walk a lot? Is it too steep?

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Hello Arun. It depends wich trail you take. You'll find more information on this website ( in the hiking section (Table of trails). The trails are easy, intermediate or difficult and you have more details like length, duration and altitude. I hope this will be helpful! | Marie-Eve - Équipe Québec maritime