National Parks Quebec

Apr 20th, 2010, 02:50 PM
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National Parks Quebec

can anyone give their opinions on their favorite national parks in the quebec area ?
heading to quebec in august and we do alot of hiking and would apperciate any help...thx
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Apr 20th, 2010, 10:19 PM
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Most "national parks" in Quebec are really provincial parks, so you can't use a Canada's national parks pass.

The best hiking by far is at Gaspésie park. Mont Albert is one of the top trails in eastern Canada. Mont Xalibu is a close second. Mont Ernest-Laforce is very easy with a nice 360° view of the park and a good chance of seeing moose if get there early. Lac aux Américains, which is part of the Xalibu trail, looks best in the evening so a good day would be Ernest-Laforce at sunrise, a nap and Mont Xalibu in the afternoon.

Mont Jacques-Cartier is the highest mountain in southeastern Canada. The hike itself is just ok but it's the best spot to see cariboo. Mont Olivine is easy, nothing great except for the best view on mont Albert (in the morning).

The park has a 100km trail which can be broken in two parts. See sepaq.com for details.

In Charlevoix, the two most popular trails are Acropole des Draveurs in Hautes-Gorges park and Mont du lac des Cygnes in Grands-Jardins park. The first is more spectacular but I prefer the second. The Acropole is a steep one-way trail going up the side of a spectacular valley. I prefer the Lac des Cygnes because it's a loop and there's a bit more variety in landscape.

Closer to Quebec city, there's "Les loups" in Jacques-Cartier park.

In La Mauricie park of Canada (part of the federal park system), "Les Deux-Criques" trail is my favorite forest trail.
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Apr 21st, 2010, 11:46 AM
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Erick.thanks alot for the info...i have been googeling them all..
i will be in quebec city in august so was looking to do a park also...
my next question..i am doing this with a 15 and 13 yr old...they've done some decent hiking b4 in alaska...we did the harding icefield hike..so im pretty sure theyd be able to do these...but i will investigate further ..so these are day hikes ? thanks again for ur help...bill
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 07:00 AM
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Gaspésie park is a good distance from Quebec City. I wasn't sure if you meant Quebec city area or the whole province. The Charlevoix region is much closer. I said I prefer Lac des Cygnes over the Acropole but I think most people would say the opposite.

They're all dayhikes, mont Albert being the most difficult. There's a sign at the top saying it's easier to backtrack then go forward but that means missing the best part.

Mont Albert viewed from Mont Olivine:
http://www.borealphoto.com/Photos/38...8_tYaBD-X2.jpg
Mont Albert trail:
http://www.borealphoto.com/Photos/21...1_5XUKa-XL.jpg
Mont Xalibu:
http://www.borealphoto.com/Photos/21...8_Fu8eS-XL.jpg
Acropole des Draveurs (The wind was so strong I could barely stand, hence the blurry pic. I even got sleet coming from underneath):
http://www.borealphoto.com/Photos/84...bXhU4-XL-1.jpg
Mont du Lac des Cygnes:
http://www.borealphoto.com/Photos/84...5_pjEop-XL.jpg
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 08:20 AM
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wow..thanks alot for the links....and thanks for your help also, bill
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 05:15 PM
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I really like this park, not TOO far from Québec (170 km, but a great way to visit the lovely villages North of Québec on the St-Laurent shore)!

http://www.sepaq.com/pq/hgo/
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 05:16 PM
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I just noticed that Erick also mentionned this park... Well, it's two votes! ;-)
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May 28th, 2010, 01:42 PM
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hi again...if you're still out there to help me....
we will be doing Acropole des Draveurs and were thinking about heading up to Parc national du Saguenay and marine parc to maybe see whales....any advice on hikes in that park ? or how would you rate certain park/hikes in the quebec city area ?
how about the best parc to canoe or raft w some rapids ?
thanks again.bill
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May 29th, 2010, 07:28 AM
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Jacques-Cartier park near Quebec city is best for whitewater canoe. I don't know if the park offers rafting trips but there are private companies who do.

You can canoe on the Malbaie river too but it's either calm or sort-of-fast-flowing-with-no-rapids.

I've only hiked the trail to the statue in Saguenay park. It's a nice trail.

La Mauricie park has good lake canoeing. The Laurentides wildlife reserve does too (often called "parc des Laurentides" by locals).

A pic from Jacques-Cartier river: http://www.borealphoto.com/photos/82...9_CDNjP-XL.jpg
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excellent..thank you very much...
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