8 Magical Quebec Hikes You Need To Add To Your Spring Bucket List (PHOTOS)

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8 Magical Quebec Hikes You Need To Add To Your Spring Bucket List (PHOTOS)

Ready to stretch your legs and inhale some fresh air after a long winter of couch potatoing? Look no further than these eight spring hikes in Quebec.

All of these hikes have an intermediate level of difficulty, but there are a few more challenging routes for the extra adventurous.

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.

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Le Ruisseau-David Trail

Price: $9/adult for a day pass; reservations mandatory

When: April 1 – November 30, weather permitting

Address: Parc national du Mont-Orford; trail begins at the Parc municipal de l’Érablière parking lot, Orford, QC

Reason To Add It To Your List: Sépaq describes the Ruisseau-David Trail as a "gentle climb to the top of Mont Chauve." Photos posted to Instagram show views across the rolling green hills of the Eastern Townships.

Desjardins Trail

Price: $10 for non-residents

Address: Parc Régional des Chutes Monte-à-Peine-et-des-Dalles; trail begins at the Sainte-Béatrix and Sainte-Mélanie entrances

Reason To Add It To Your List: The 5-kilometre trail winds along the Rivière l'Assomption, passing the cascading Chute Monte-à-Peine.

Park administrators advise that visitors call ahead to check conditions before heading out.

Dos d'Orignal Loop

Price: $7+/adult for a day pass; purchase tickets online

Address: Parc d'environnement naturel de Sutton, 900, chemin Réal (altitude 520), Sutton, QC

Reason To Add It To Your List: Park administrators recommend the Dos d'Orignal (Moose Back) trail for its views and flora.

It also has less traffic than other trails in the park.

La Roche

Price: $9/adult for a day pass

When: May "to the first snowfalls," according to Sépaq

Address: Parc national du Mont-Tremblant; trail begins at the Discovery Centre in the Secteur de Diable, 3824, chemin du Lac Supérieur, Lac Supérieur, QC

Reason To Add It To Your List: The La Roche trail leads to a lookout point that feels like it's floating above the mountains.

Avid hikers can also choose to extend their adventure along the La Coulée and La Corniche trails.

Petit Tour du Mont Kaaikop

Price: $9/adult

Address: 3565, chemin du Lac-Legault, Sainte-Lucie-des-Laurentides, QC

Reason To Add It To Your List: If you want sweeping, unobstructed views, this might be the place.

It's also a bit of a workout to get to the top — park administrators say the Petit Tour gets steep.

For that reason, they recommend boot clamps or snowshoes during the melting season. Things can get slippery.

Mont Brassard

Price: $7/adult

Address: Parc régional des Sept-Chutes, 4031, chemin Brassard Sud (Route 131), Saint-Zénon, QC

Reason To Add It To Your List: According to its website, the Parc régional des Sept-Chutes "offers the most beautiful viewpoints in Matawinie."

The hike up Mont Brassard takes you through red pine and black spruce forests to a "rocky peak overlooking route 131 and the cliffs of Lake Rémi."

Intrépide Trail

Price: $8/adult for a day pass; online reservation mandatory

Address: Parc régional du Mont-Ham, 103, route 257 O., Ham-Sud, QC

Reason To Add It To Your List: This short (1.9 kilometres) but challenging hike takes visitors to the top of Mont Ham with its 360-degree views into three different regions, according to the park website.

A giant cross marks the summit of the mountain.

The Intrépide trail will be open this spring, but park administrators say access will be "extremely limited" during the thaw period.

Le Mont-Mégantic Trail

Price: $9/adult for a day pass; online reservation mandatory

Address: Parc national du Mont-Mégantic; trail begins at the Observatoire sector Discovery Centre

Reason To Add It To Your List: This 11.2-kilometre loop takes visitors to the tip of the mountain with its famous observatory.

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