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21 Best Fall Hikes In Quebec

It's time to get a little nature in our lives.
21 Best Fall Hikes In Quebec

You don't really have to leave Montreal to enjoy the fall months, because Mont-Royal is one of the most beautiful parks to walk in to see the colours of the leaves change... and it's only a hop, skip and metro away.

But if you want to check out our province a bit more, or chance experiencing something a bit out of the ordinary, like hiking over suspension bridges or catching sight of whales and belugas playing off the coast... then a Quebec road trip is the way to go. 

We looked into hikes for everything from beginner easy strolls to intense two-to-three-day hikes that would have you camping along the trail.

There really is something for everyone in Quebec... and each and every one of the spots we chose will exceed expectations for their beauty and grandeur. 

It's mid-September and the air is already turning rather crisp. Some of these trails will have you climbing to much higher elevations so make sure to pack up your warmest layers and fleeces. Don't forget a good pair of hiking boots that are weatherproof and good for traction. 

Without further delay, here are 20 of the most scenic places in Quebec to hike during the fall months. 

THE 'BARELY-EVEN-BROKEN-A-SWEAT' EASY HIKES

Les Paysages 

Where: Parc National d'Aiguebelle; 12373 Route d'Aiguebelle, Rouyn-Noranda

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 1 hour; 2 km

With over ten trails to choose and 30km of hiking paths, this park has something for every fitness level. The fall foliage views while crossing the suspension make this spot a personal favourite. The Les Paysages trail may be easy, but it also has an impressive spiral staircase and a floating walkway.

Check it out here!

Promenade De La Chute 

Where: Parc de la Chute-Montmorency; 5300 Boulevard Sainte-Anne, Beauport

Difficulty: Very easy

Length: Varies; 0.5 to 3 km

The trails at this park crisscross allowing you to choose your distance - but the must-see is the waterfall. Surrounded by trees, you can get up close and personal with the might of the 83-meter falls.

Check it out here!

Sentier du Morne

Where: Access in front of 301 Route du Morne, Lac-Drolet

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 30 minutes; 1.2 km

There are two 1.2 km beginner trails that lead you to an observation tower where you can take in the gorgeous 360º panoramic view.

Check it out here!

Des Trois-Étangs Loop

Where: Parc National du Mont-Orford; 3321 Chemin du Parc, Orford

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 2 hours; 5.5 km

Home to some of the best views in the province, Mont-Orford National Park boasts a stunning waterfall, boardwalk lookouts, and several fantastic spots to swim. The Des Trois-Etangs Loop leads you through the full experience.

Check it out here!

L'Érablière

Where: Parc National des Hautes‑Gorges-de-la-Rivière‑Malbaie; 25 Boulevard Notre-Dame, Clermont

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 1 hour; 2.5 km

The easy trail takes you to a spectacular view of the Cran des Érables cliff.

Check it out here!

Les Grands-Pins

Where: Parc National Frontenac; 599 Chemin des Roy, Sainte-Praxède

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 2 hours; 5.7 km

Most of the trails on at this park are easy, but they will take you deep into a coniferous forest that makes you feel like you're in another world.

Check it out here!

La Pinède

Where: Parc National du Bic; 53382 route 132 O, Le Bic

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 2 hours; 5.8 km

You will have a little bit of everything at this national park; capes, bays, coves, islands, and mountains clustered with centenary jack pines.

Check it out here!

Sentier de la Pointe de l'Islet 

Where: Pointe de l'Islet; 150 CH Traverse De Ligne Anse St Jean, Tadoussac

Difficulty: Easy peasy

Length: 20 minutes; 0.6 km

You may go for the trees, but this incredible trail has views of the St. Lawrence and the Saguenay Rivers where you can spot whales and belugas. While it's a short stroll, you'll end up taking extra time to just take in all the scenery.

Check it out here!

THE 'GETTING-A-LITTLE-OUT-OF-BREATH' INTERMEDIATE HIKES 

Sentier de la Gorge

Parc de la Gorge

Where: Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook; 400 Rue St-Marc Street, Coaticook

Difficulty: Intermediate

Length: 1.5 hours; 3.5 km

Take in the panoramic views of fall on the longest suspended footbridge in North America.

Check it out here!

The Champlain Trail 

Where: Gatineau Park; 33 Scott Road, Chelsea, QC

Difficulty: Intermediate

Length: 30 minutes; 1.3 km

The Champlain Trail is definitely one of the coolest trails in Gatineau Park. It takes you to the top of the Eardley Escarpment where you can overlook all of the park.

Check it out here!

Parcours de la Crête des Grives

Where: Parc Régional du Massif du Sud; 300 Route du Massif, Saint-Philémon

Difficulty: Intermediate

Length: 4 hours; 11.1 km

This trail is truly the reason for hiking. It crosses rivers and streams, takes you through an ancient forest and if you make it to the summit, has the most beautiful views in the park.

Check it out here!

Sommet du Sentier La Roche

Where: Parc National du Mont-Tremblant; 4456 Lac-Supérieur Road, Lac-Supérieur

Difficulty: Intermediate

Length: 2 hours; 5.4 km

If you make it to the top of this trail, you'll be able to take in the view of the Valley of Lac Monroe, which offers views of the deep blue water and endless forests.

Check it out here!

READ MORE: You Can Get Panoramic Views Of The Fall Colours On The Highest Zip Line In Quebec

Abénakis-Maçonnique 

Owls Head

Where: Mont Owl's Head; 40 Chemin du Mont Owls Head, Mansonville

Difficulty: Intermediate

Length: 2 hours; 2 km (one way)

Take in the view from the summit of the mountain where you'll be able to see the mountains of Jay Peak, Éléphant and Orford in their autumn bloom and the lake below.

Check it out here!

Les Mousses

Where: Parc National de l'Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher‑Percé;

Difficulty: Intermediate

Length: 2.5 hours; 7 km (one way)

The trails are only accessible on the Bonaventure Island by boat and they stop running October 14th, so make sure to book your trip soon! You'll hike along cliff walls, through meadows and impressive evergreen forests.

Check it out here!

THE 'OH-CRAP-WHAT-DID-I-GET-MYSELF-INTO' DIFFICULT HIKES

Les Lacs 

Where: Forillon National Park; 1238 Boul de Forillon, Gaspé, QC

Difficulty: Extremely hard

Length: 13-15 hours; 36.6 km

This long mountain hike will wind you past lakes and through the forest where you can check out the leaves and usually catch sight of some wildlife. Most hikers make a two-day hike of it, sleeping in one of the lean-to shelters set up along the way.

Check it out here!

Mont-du-Lac-des-Cygnes

Where: Parc National Des Grands-Jardins; 25 Boul. Notre-Dame, Clermont QC

Difficulty: Hard

Length: 4 hours; 8.6 km

The hike is worth it for the foliage views, but getting to the top of this mountain also gives you a stunning view of the Charlevoix meteorite crater and Vallée du Gros-Bras

Check it out here!

Le Scotora 

Where: Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier; 103 Chemin du Parc-National, Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury (Québec)

Difficulty: Hard

Length: 5.25 hours; 16 km

This looping trail has hikers ascending 500 meters up the mountain. From there you follow a lengthy beaver stream and are treated to the spectacular view of the valley gorges

Check it out here!

Mestachibo Trail

Where: Start at the church in Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges; 3428 Avenue Royale, Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges

Difficulty: Hard

Length:3-5 hours; 12.5 km

It's a tough hike, there's no doubt about it, and the length is only one way. But the views of the canyon and river are worth every panting step. You'll cross two suspended bridges over the Sainte-Anne River and be able to take in the rugged beauty of the area. You will end at Jean-Larose waterfalls located at the base of Mont-Sainte-Anne Resort.

Check it out here!

The Loop of Ridges

Parc Environnemental Naturel de Sutton

Where: Parc Environmental Naturel de Sutton; 900 Chemin Réal, Sutton

Difficulty: Hard

Length: Full-day hike; 13.8 km

It's a demanding hike but you'll reach an area where several century-old birch trees are perched, and where else can you experience that?

Check it out here!

La Descente Aux Enfer

Where: Les Canyon Portes Enfer; 1280 chemin Duchenier, Saint-Narcisse-de-Rimouski,

Difficulty: Hard

Length: Varies; 300 steps down, 300 steps back up

You read that correctly. Translated, this trail is affectionately called Descent to Hell's Gate. It's 300 steps down and 300 back up.

Check it out here!

Sentier des Sommets

Where: Parc Montagne du Diable; Village des Bâtisseurs, 1100 Chemin Léandre Meilleur, Ferme-Neuve

Difficulty: Hard

Length: 2 days; 31.8 km

Plan for an overnight camping stay at one of the trail huts along the way. The best time is as early in the season as you can go, as the leaves tend to turn earlier than in other places in Quebec.

Check it out here!

Quebec has an endless amount of scenic parks to choose from.

The only question you have to answer is how far you want to drive...

Enjoy the fall!

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