Filip H.A. Claeys

Trekking in Mountainous and Subarctic Regions

Quebec 2016: Charlevoix

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I spend the second day of the Labour Day weekend in the provincial park of Les-Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie, which is located in the Charlevoix region north of Quebec City. In this park the Malbaie river cuts deeply into the Charlevoix mountains, of which the highest summits just about reach into the arctic zone.

I first do the Acropole des Draveurs hike, which is probably the most alpine among the easily accessible hikes in Quebec. Over a distance of merely 5.2 km it steeply climbs about 800 m from the valley floor onto a plateau with 3 distinct summits. Views into the river valley and onto the surrounding mountains are quite impressive. I manage to do the climb in approximately 1.5 hours and need 45 minutes to descend.

In the afternoon I hike part of Sentier Les Rapides to Barrage des Érables, followed by Sentier du Belvédère. Finally, I hike part of the track along the river to the lookout of La Vallée Suspendue.

In the high season cars cannot be taken into the park. There is however a shuttle system that uses school buses. When I was here in June 2012, high season had not yet begun and I could take my car all the way to Barrage des Érables.

Pictures > Quebec 2016-09-04: Charlevoix

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