A Quebec Hiking Trail Just Got A Lookout That Feels Like It's Hanging Off A Massive Cliff

It wraps around the very edge of a mountaintop.

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Walkway and lookout atop the Pic-de-la-Tête-de-Chien in Quebec's Parc national des Monts-Valin.

Walkway and lookout atop the Pic-de-la-Tête-de-Chien in Quebec's Parc national des Monts-Valin.

This is not a story for anyone with a fear of heights. Sépaq has unveiled a brand new walkway and lookout at the end of a Quebec hiking trail that offers sweeping views of the surrounding landscape.

The 350-metre wooden path allows visitors to walk along the steep edge of the Pic-de-la-Tête-de-Chien, a 575-meter summit in the Parc national des Monts-Valin.

Sépaq constructed the walkway to protect the fragile alpine vegetation below. Until its construction, the society had blocked off the end of the trail.

The walkway has the added benefit of, as Sépaq put it in a news release, giving hikers the "impression of being suspended from [the] walls" of the Pic-de-la-Tête-de-Chien escarpment. Visitors will now also find a little shelter and picnic tables.

\u200bWalkway and lookout atop the Pic-de-la-T\u00eate-de-Chien in Quebec's Parc national des Monts-Valin.Walkway and lookout atop the Pic-de-la-Tête-de-Chien in Quebec's Parc national des Monts-Valin.Courtesy of Sépaq

The experience is really not for the faint of heart. In addition to the heights, hikers have to contend with a 340-metre climb just to get to the lookout. Roundtrip, it's an eight-kilometre trek that Sépaq estimates will take two and a half hours. It rates the hike as "difficult" on its online directory.

The Parc national des Monts-Valin is an approximately five-and-a-half-hour drive from Montreal and a three-hour drive from Quebec City.

But if you're planning a summer road trip to Quebec's Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region — and not grappling with a paralyzing fear of heights — this might be a worthwhile bucket list addition.

Get the details below.

Mountaintop Lookout in Quebec's Parc national des Monts-Valin

Walkway and lookout atop the Pic-de-la-T\u00eate-de-Chien in Quebec's Parc national des Monts-Valin.

Walkway and lookout atop the Pic-de-la-Tête-de-Chien in Quebec's Parc national des Monts-Valin.

Courtesy of Sépaq

Where: Pic-de-la-Tête-de-Chien, Parc national des Monts-Valin, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean; the trailhead is located at the park's Centre de découverte et de services.

Why You Need To Go: For a challenging hike with a big payoff: you'll feel like you're soaring above the landscape.

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Thomas MacDonald
Senior Editor
Thomas is MTL Blog's Senior Editor. He lives in Saint-Henri and loves it so much that he named his cat after it. On weekdays, he's publishing stories, editing and helping to manage MTL Blog's team of amazing writers. His beats include the STM, provincial and municipal politics and Céline Dion. On weekends, you might run into him brunching at Greenspot, walking along the Lachine Canal or walking Henri the cat in Parc Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier.
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