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Forillon National Park

Cross-country skiing and fat bike


Trail conditions:  
Phone : 418-892-0115

The cross-country ski and trails are groomed by a team of volunteers coordinated by the Comité de l'entrepôt de L'Anse-au-Griffon.

Information on fees:
Centre culturel Le Griffon: 418-892-5679

Cross-country ski trails

Departure points:
  • Le Portage parking area, near Penouille 
  • La Vallée parking area, at L'Anse-au-Griffon
La Vallée Trail

Length: 9.2 km (round trip)
Access: 1 km from Route 132, at L'Anse-au-Griffon.
Features: Fairly flat terrain, sheltered from the wind, this trail follows the Anse-au-Griffon River and eventually reaches Le Portage trail.
A shelter (the Répit Nord) is located at the trail's mid-point.

Le Portage Trail

Length: 20 km (round trip)
Access: 0.5 km from Route 132, near Penouille.
1 km from Route 132, at L'Anse-au-Griffon
Features: In the south, the trail passes through a wooded area, and opens onto fields further north.

« Le Castor », « Le Ruisseau » and « La Cédrière » trails are not usable and shelters not accessible (Castor and Ruisseau).

Fat bike


Fat bike is permitted only on Le Portage trail on a 4-km run from the La Vallée parking lot. You can pick up the trail at Centre culturel Le Griffon.


To make a reservation, leave a message at 581-887-3244. A Centre culturel volunteer will call back to confirm.


Bikes can be rented at Centre culturel Le Griffon.
Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Arrangements can be made with a manager outside these hours.

If you have your own snow bike, you must still pay the admission fee at Centre culturel Le Griffon (info: 418-892-5679).  

Open buildings during winter

  • The shelter the Répit Nord (La Vallée)
  • The service building at Grande-Grave 
  • The service building at Penouille

The trails to get to the service buildings at Grande-Grave and at Penouille are not groomed. However, snowshoers and backcountry skiers can get to the buildings and warm up.

Upkeep according to the principle of “Leave no traces”

Please note that all users are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of buildings. Remember: park employees are unable to see to the upkeep of these buildings.


Cleared parking lots

  • Le Portage parking area, near Penouille
  • Penouille parking area 
  • La Vallée parking area at L'Anse-au-Griffon 
  • An area along Boulevard Grande-Grève (the South sector access road) 
  • An area along the North sector access road (located fairly close to “Le Castor” trail)

Le Castor parking area is not cleared of snow.



  • Marked and maintained trails are for skiers exclusively. 
  • Domestic animals are not allowed in shelters and on trails, except on Le Portage trail where dogsledding is permitted. 
  • Some circuits are shared by snowshoers, skiers, and dogsledders. Be cautious. 
  • All Parks Canada regulations apply in winter as in summer.


Code of conduct

  • Please obey the signs on the trails. 
  • Keep at reasonable distance from the skier in front of you. 
  • On down-slopes, wait until the person in front of you has reached the bottom before starting down. 
  • Move off the trail promptly if you fall or decide to stop. 
  • Offer your assistance to anyone in difficulty. 
  • Whenever you encounter a snowmobile in the process of grooming a trail, please step off the trail in order to let it through. Your collaboration is appreciated!


Safety guidelines

In the event of an an emergency, call 911.

To reach the park’s public safety unit:

  • 1-888-762-1422 (24/24)
  • 418-892-5553 (office hours)