Canyon des Portes de l'Enfer

1280, chemin Duchénier Saint-Narcisse
Rimouski (Quebec) Canada
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Canyon des Portes de l’Enfer (Hell’s Gate Canyon) is located 35 km (22 mi.) south of downtown Rimouski. Starting at the 20-metre (65-foot) high Grand Sault Falls, the canyon stretches for nearly 5 km (3 mi.) between steep and narrow rock walls up to 90 metres (295 feet) high.

A network of 20 km (12 mi.) of hiking trails leads to unique panoramic views as well as the highest suspension footbridge in the province of Québec, which is 63 metres (205 feet) high and 99 metres (325 feet) long. Test your mettle with the “Descent into Hell,” a 300-step staircase that will take you down to the Rimouski River.

Enjoy adventures for the whole family: the Gates of Oniria, an enchanted trail created by Olivier Dufour (Dufour, Spectacles et Images); the Maze of Hell, created by Général Patente; and two geocaching activities.

Night hikes are also available. Experience “The Legend of the Baleful Boat”: visit an enchanted trail where lights and sounds will transport you into another world. Discover the illuminated Grand Sault Falls. (Visit the website for hike dates.)

Also, discover a site that pays tribute to the log drivers of old, which includes a reconstruction of a driver’s river boat. Learn more about log driving by watching a video (in French only). Explore the wetland trail and learn about the creatures that live in this environment.

Snack bar and 15 primitive campsites also available on site.

Opening dates

May 19 to mid-October


May 19 to July 6 and August 20 to mid-October: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 7 to August 19: 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.


$15/adult, $7.75/child aged 5 to 17, $39/family (two adults with children aged 5 to 17). $6.90 for GPS rentals for geocaching activity. Night hikes: $23/adult, $11.50/child aged 5 to 17, $63.25/family. Group rates also available.


Required for groups and night hikes (deposit required)

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Activities available

20 km (12 mi.) of hiking trails. Attractions: highest suspension footbridge in Québec; “Descent into Hell,” a 300-step staircase; Grand Sault waterfall; and the Gates of Oniria enchanted trail. Night hikes, Maze of Hell.
Interpretation Sites
Read the information panels all along the hiking trails. Explore the wetlands trail and a site that pays tribute to the log drivers of old. 8-km (5-mi.) trail to observe two huge white pines.
Gardens, Parks and Natural Sites
Read the information panels all along the hiking trails to learn more about log driving, white-tailed deer, beavers, red squirrels and various species of birds. Explore the wetlands trail and a site that pays tribute to the log drivers of old.


  • Picnic area
  • Pets allowed on leashes only
  • Boutique
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Free parking

How to get there

Take Route 232 or Highway 20 (exit 610) to Chemin Duchénier in Saint-Narcisse-de-Rimouski, .

Affiliations and distinctions


  • Tourisme Bas-Saint-Laurent
  • Rando QC
  • Vaolo
  • PARQ (Parcs régionaux du Québec - Quebec regional parks)


  • Rando Québec trail (2018)
  • Certificate of Excellent from TripAdvisor
  • Certified as part of the network of Québec hiking trails by Rando Québec (2018)
  • Winner of a Québec Tourism Award in the "Outdoor Recreation" category (2008, 2010 and 2013)
  • Located along the Route des Monts Notre-Dame

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