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Forillon National Park

Hiking

Whether you’re looking to go hiking for 30 minutes or 4 hours, Forillon has a trail that’s right for you! All park hiking trails will enable you to appreciate the beauty and natural wealth of this protected area. In addition, several trails are a part of the International Appalachian Trail (IAT).

Easy hiking trails

Prélude à Forillon

Length: 0.6 km (loop)
Duration: 30 mins.
Elevation gain: 2 m
Trailhead: interpretation centre, North Area
GPS coordinates: UTM East: 410912 - UTM North: 5410185 -DATUM: NAD83

This Universal Access trail (boardwalk) provides an excellent preview of everything the park has to offer and boasts stunning views of the sea and mountains. Multisensory interpretation modules are available on site.

La Chute

Length: 1 km (loop)
Duration: 30 mins.
Elevation gain: 40 m
Trailhead: La Chute parking lot, on Route 132 (North Area)
GPS coordinates: UTM East: 407133 - UTM North: 5410816 -DATUM: NAD83

This trail, though short, does have some steep stairs. You’ll love the quiet of the woodlands as you wind your way through a maple grove and a cedar grove at the bottom of a little valley until reaching a lovely 17-metre-high waterfall.

La Taïga

Length: 2.8 km (loop with the main trail)
Duration: 45 mins.
Elevation gain: 1 m
Trailhead: at 1 km from Penouille parking lot

The Penouille sand spit supports a taiga whose presence at such low latitudes is quite unusual. A taiga is a fragile habitat that is sensitive to trampling – thank you for staying on the trail. The park sought to offer visitors the opportunity of discovering this lichen-carpeted forest while also ensuring that it is properly protected. To limit deforestation as much as possible, a trail was laid out using the existing clearings. In addition, it goes around an area that is home to an endangered species of fern (i.e., the daisy-leaf moonwort) and ends up at a blind for watching numerous marsh birds quite unobtrusively! (Bring your own binoculars)
 

Une tournée dans les parages

Length: 3 km (loop)
Duration: 2 hrs.
Elevation gain: 85 m
Trailhead: near the Grande-Grave fishing harbour
GPS coordinates: UTM East: 410018 - UTM North: 5405098 - DATUM: NAD83

As you walk through the historic landscape, you’ll also enjoy a panoramic view out over Gaspé Bay. This trail will take you through fields lying between old homes and barns, including the Dolbel-Roberts house (which features exhibits). Along the way, be sure to stop in and visit the historic buildings associated with the Hyman Store and Anse Blanchette.
 

Moderate hiking trails

Mont-Saint-Alban

South Area trailhead: Petit-Gaspé beach
Length:
 Loop: 7.2 km -  Tower and back: 5.4 km
Duration: Loop: 3 hrs. - Tower and back: 2 hrs. 30 mins. 
Elevation gain: 275 m
GPS coordinates: UTM East: 408585 - UTM North: 5406565 - DATUM: NAD83

North Area trailhead: Cap-Bon-Ami
Length: Loop: 7.8 km - Tower and back: 3.8 km
Duration: Loop: 3 hrs. 30 mins. - Tower and back:  2 hrs. 15 mins.
Elevation gain: 275 m
GPS coordinates: UTM East: 410336 - UTM North: 5406990 - DATUM: NAD83

Although the first kilometres make for fairly steep going, you’ll be wowed by the stunning vistas to be had at different points along this boreal forest trail. Once you’ve reached the observation tower, at 283 m in altitude, you’ll be swept up by the exceptional beauty of the sea and cliffs below. The gentler of the two climb routes begins at the Petit-Gaspé beach.

Les Graves (entire trail)

Length: 15.2 km (round trip)
Duration: 4 hrs. 30 mins.
Elevation gain: 95 m
Trailhead: Grande-Grave
GPS coordinates: UTM East: 410018 - UTM North: 5405098 - DATUM: NAD83

Les Graves (last leg of trail)

Length: 8 km (round trip)
Duration: 2 hrs. 30 mins.
Elevation gain: 95 m
Trailhead: Anse-aux-Amérindiens
GPS coordinates: UTM East: 412062 - UTM North: 5402561- DATUM: NAD83
Trail also open to bikes

The Les Graves trail crosses through woods and overgrown fields overlooking coves and the sea. Maybe you’ll be lucky and see some marine mammals, bears or porcupines. At Cap-Gaspé, approach the base of the lighthouse located atop a 95-metre-high cliff. Today, this solar-powered light is fully automated. Follow the trail down to the bottom of the cliff until reaching Land’s End! Take in the scene and breathe in the salt air – then take a snap for posterity. 

La Vallée

Length: 9.2 km (round trip), 8.6 km (loop with the Le Portage trail)
Duration: 1 hr. 15 mins.
Elevation gain: 20 m
Trailhead: L’Anse-au-Griffon
GPS coordinates: UTM East: 403128 - UTM North: 5420493 - DATUM: NAD83

Amble along Anse-au-Griffon River amid a pretty forest. Keep your eyes peeled for wild animals. The trail boasts two picnic areas (including one with a shelter). Trail also open to bikes and horses

Le Portage

Length: 20 km (round trip)
Duration: 7 hrs.
Elevation gain: 150 m
Trailhead: near the operational centre (south)
GPS coordinates: UTM East: 398657 - UTM North: 5412738 - DATUM: NAD83
Trailhead: L’Anse-au-Griffon (north)
GPS coordinates: UTM East: 403128 - UTM North: 5420493 - DATUM: NAD83

This trail traverses the park from north (L’Anse-au-Griffon) to south (operational centre). Along the southern leg, it crosses through a forest and over a number of waterways. Along the northern leg, it crosses through overgrown fields. A wide trail, “Le Portage” often offers good opportunities for viewing bears and small game. Trail also open to bikes and horses.

Difficult hiking trails

Les Crêtes

Length: 36.4 km (round trip) including access legs
Duration: 13 hrs.
Elevation gain: 405 m
Trailhead: near the operational centre
GPS coordinates: UTM East: 406312 - UTM North: 5409604 - DATUM: NAD83

Enjoy a long mountain hike offering breathtaking panoramic views out over Anse-au-Griffon valley, the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Gaspé Bay. Backcountry campsites and a lean-to shelter are located along the way.

Les Lacs

Length: 35.2 km (round trip) including access legs
Duration: 12 hrs.
Elevation gain: 450 m
Trailhead: near the operational centre or Route 197

This long mountain hike will take you past a string of small lakes that are well suited for observing boreal forest wildlife. It also offers fantastic views out over the Morris River valley. Backcountry campsites and a lean-to shelter are located along the way.

Safety and regulations

  • Before starting out, always check the distance and time of your hike, and choose a trail in keeping with YOUR capacities;
    Let someone know where you plan on hiking and your estimated time of return;
  • Pack fresh water and a snack, even if you’re planning a short hike. Unless posted otherwise, water from service building faucets is suitable for drinking;
  • Pack for comfort and safety:  a sweater and a windbreaker are good insurance against variable weather. We also recommend footwear with good traction and support;
  • For your own safety, please stay on the trails and inside fenced areas, and follow any posted warning or instructions (e.g., section of trail closed, steep cliffs, etc.).
  • Leave no trace! Pack out all trash; there are no garbage cans along trails;
  • Pets are allowed on trails provided that they are kept on a leash at all times;
  • Open fires are prohibited in the backcountry.

Topographical maps are available for purchase at the reception centres and toll kiosks.

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