Avid adventurer or occasional ambler, hardened athlete or eager visitor, hiking amid Québec’s most breathtaking scenery gives you access to places that can only reached by foot. Québec is liberally strewn with trails for everyone, from the casual rambler to the seasoned hiker. You'll find over 6,000 km of trails accessible to hikers, with close to 40% located in the Gaspésie, Laurentides and Eastern Townships regions.
Hiking at a glance
National, regional and municipal parks, wildlife reserves as well as many private networks offer a wide variety of trails and a wealth of landscapes. The longer hiking trails generally feature a choice of accommodations (cottages, shelters and rustic campgrounds).
In the 17th and 18th centuries, the coureurs des bois (woodsmen) travelled by foot and canoe through Amerindian lands to conduct illicit fur trading. These intrepid explorers played a pivotal role in opening the continent to European settlers and forging economic relations with the Aboriginals.