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Quebec's Gaspésie Region Has An Emerald River With A Hidden Waterfall You Can Hike To

It's really that colour.

Senior Editor
People standing in front of the Rivière Émeraude ("Emerald River") waterfall in Percé, Quebec.

People standing in front of the Rivière Émeraude ("Emerald River") waterfall in Percé, Quebec.

The emerald river and waterfall in Percé's eponymous Parc de la Rivière Émeraude will once again open to visitors this summer, a municipal tourism office spokesperson confirmed to MTL Blog. The shallow stream at the eastern tip of Quebec's Gaspésie region gets its enchanting deep green hue from the rocks at its bottom, according to the regional tourism website.

The spot where the river trickles over a low outcrop into a wide natural pool is a popular summer destination for photos.

While, in the past, swimming at the unsupervised site was tolerated, beginning this year, officials are discouraging park-goers from taking a dip.

To get to the site, visitors have to trek 700 metres through the park on what the tourism site describes as a "rather rough path." They then have to climb 100 steps to reach the waterfall and basin. The site is not wheelchair accessible.

Admission to the park is $10 for everyone age 13 and older in 2022. It's free for children 12 and under.

Families of up to seven people in the same vehicle can get into the park for the discounted price of $30.

Admission is payable at the park reception desk.

Prospective visitors are encouraged to check the Tourisme Percé website for updates.

Get all the details below.

Emerald River & Waterfall in Gaspésie


  • $10/person age 13 and over
  • Free for children 12 and under
  • $30 for a family of up to seven people travelling in the same vehicle
Where: Parc de la Rivière Émeraude, Percé, QC

Why You Have To Go: To gaze upon this hidden gem natural wonder and maybe even go for a swim (at your own risk!).

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

    Thomas MacDonald
    Senior Editor
    Thomas MacDonald is a Senior Editor for MTL Blog focused on Montreal public transit and is based in Montreal, Quebec.
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