Forillon National Park of Canada

Hiking

Nine trails wind their way through the park, providing hikers with access to beautiful viewpoints. Some of these trails are nowpart of the International Appalachian Trail (IAT) that heads off toward Parc de la Gaspésie and continues on to its opposite end at Mount Katahdin, Maine, in the United States.

The following information will help you plan your hike.

Trail Length Hiking Time Hiker Profile Particularities
Prélude à Forillon 0.6 km (loop) 30 min Beginner
  • Universal Access trail (wooden boardwalk)
Une tournée dans les parages 3 km (loop) 2 hours Beginner
  • Tours the Grande-Grave historic sector
La Chute 1 km (loop) 30 min Beginner
  • 17-metre-high waterfall
  • Boardwalks and wooden stairs
  • Drop of 50 meters
Les Graves 8 or 15.2 km (round trip) Depending on departure point 2.5 or 4.5 hours Intermediate
  • Bordered by coves and pebble beaches
  • Marine mammal observation possible
Mont Saint-Alban

7.2 or 7.8 km (loop) Depending on departure point

3 or 3.5 hours Intermediate
  • Impressive sea and cliff scenery
  • Observation tower
Les Crêtes 16.3 km or 18.2 km (one way) including access legs 6.5 hours Experienced
  • Wooded, mountainous area
  • Wilderness campsites
Les Lacs 16.8 km or 17.6 km (one way) including access leg 6 hours Experienced
  • Leads to the park's highlands and wilderness lakes.
  • Wilderness campsites
Le Portage 10 km (one way) 3.5 hours Intermediate
  • Crosses the peninsula from north to south
La Vallée 9.2 km (round trip) 2.5 hours Intermediate
  • Follows the Anse-au-Griffon River

Prélude à Forillon: 0.6 km (loop) universal access symbol
This short interpretive trail, accessible to people with physical or visual disabilities, presents in multi-sensory forms the elements that constitute the park's theme, "The Harmony Between Man, Land and Sea". A visit to the interpretation centre, located just a few steps away, will round off this half-hour walk.

Une tournée dans les parages: 3 km (loop)
The trail called Une tournée dans les parages (A Walk Around the Area) starts near the fishing harbour, continues along Fruing Beach, passes the Hyman buildings to Anse-Blanchette, and takes you back through fields and woods to a number of old houses and barns. Outdoor exhibits along the way recount the history of Grande-Grave.

La Chute: 1 km (loop)
This short trail offers you the serenity of the forest. It takes you first to the foot of a waterfall measuring 17 m in height, then through a maple grove and finally to a lovely cascade.

Les Graves: 8 km; departure from Anse-aux-Amérindiens (round trip)
15.2 km: departure from Grande-Grave (round trip)
You will set out from Grande-Grave or Anse-aux-Amérindiens along this trail, discovering coves and pebble beaches along the way. This hillside route takes you to Cap-Gaspé, at the end of the Forillon Peninsula. And you just might see some marine mammals (seals and whales). Keep your eyes peeled!

Mont Saint-Alban: 7.2 km; departure from the beach at Petit-Gaspé (loop)
7.8 km; departure from Cap-Bon-Ami (loop)

You will be impressed by the magnificent scenery of sea and cliffs along this trail, which forms a loop. Of intermediate difficulty, the trail ascends rather steeply over the first few kilometers. It takes you up to an observation tower which is located 283 m above sea level. The panoramic view makes all the effort worthwhile!

Les Crêtes: 16.3 km (one way) or 18.2 km (one way) including access legs
This long trail runs through a wooded mountainous area. At different places, there are panoramic lookout points over the Anse-au-Griffon valley, the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Gaspé Bay. It is possible to camp at two unserviced camping areas located along the way.
However, you are required to register at a reception centre or toll kiosks before setting out.

Les Lacs: 16.8 km (one way) or 17.6 km (one way) including access leg
The path overlooks the magnificent view of Rivière Morris valley, and passes by a string of small lakes. Hikers can use the wilderness camping area located along the trail. Les Lacs is the park's gateway to the International Appalachian Trail.

Le Portage: 10 km (one way)
This trail is accessible to hikers, cyclists and horseback riders. Located in the southern part of the park, it goes through a wooded area, which opens up to the north onto fallow fields. This is a good place to observe bears and small game.

La Vallée: 9.2 km (round trip)
Follow the peaceful Anse-au-Griffon River on foot, bicycle or horseback, eventually meeting up with the Le Portage trail. Here again, keep an eye on the edge of the woods and listen carefully for sounds made by wildlife. Stop for a picnic in the shelter half-way along the trail.

Information and regulations

Always make sure how far you are going and how long it will take you to get there. Take along food and water if necessary.
  • For safety reasons, please stay on the trails;
  • Take your refuse with you because there are no trash cans along the trails;
  • Pets are allowed on the trails but must be kept on a leash at all times;
  • It is not permitted to light open fires in the backcountry.

Brochures on the trails and topographical maps are for sale at reception centres and at toll kiosks.