As the fresh, fall air begins to fill our lungs, it's as if everyone in Montreal is looking for an excuse to take in the natural beauty that's found throughout our province. If you travel just a little under five hours from Montreal, you can become one with the clouds at Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie.

Some seriously scenic views can be found in the Charlevoix-Est Regional county in Quebec.

And one of the prettiest places is hands down Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie, which was named after a "series of valleys cut deep into a range of high mountains." 

The steep slopes, beautiful natural surroundings, and the unusual course of Rivière Malbaie make this a must-visit site for anyone who's hoping to reconnect with nature in the near future.

At this national park, you can hike one of the most breathtaking trails in the province: the Acropole des Draveurs.

However, you should be warned, it's not an easy trail.

It will be physically demanding, so go prepared to put in the work and, of course, wear some proper shoes.

The steep slopes are what make it more difficult than other trails, but believe me, the strenuous work is well worth it when you reach the top as the exceptional view will leave you in awe.

The summit's a must for hiking lovers looking to explore Quebec.

Finishing at an altitude of 1048 metres, it offers striking views of the Malbaie River and the county of Charlevoix.

And, as you'll be so high that you'll feel as though you can touch the clouds above you, which, naturally, makes for a pretty sick photo opt.

If you're seeking a physical challenge with a breathtaking reward, this hike is a must.

And, as a bonus, there are a ton of charming hotels and delicious restaurants to check out when you're in the area, meaning you can turn your hike into a full on weekend escape

The Acropole des Draveurs

When: Before the snow hits!

Address: 500, rue Principale, Saint-Aimé-des-Lacs, QC; Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie

Why You Need To Go: To become one with the clouds after a rewarding hike.

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