You might fall in love with this mountain if you're a hiking enthusiast and constantly looking for new places to discover. Mont Sugar Loaf, located in the Chaudière-Appalaches region of Quebec, might be a bit challenging, but those willing to take it on are rewarded with panoramic views. A cute little red hut at the summit offers a look across the border into Maine.
We might not be able to make our annual trip to the coastal state, but we can at least get a glimpse of it.
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This excursion in the Parc des Appalaches will give you the impression of having crossed the border, with Quebec in one direction and the United States in the other.
First, you must go to the regional park's reception desk in the town of Sainte-Lucie-de-Beauregard and from there you have two options.
The first is to go up and down the Fireguard trail that leads directly to the summit through fairly steep slopes over a total of 6 kilometres.
The other option is to push onward once you reach the top to complete a 13-kilometre loop, which will take you around the entire mountain via intermediate and difficult trails.
The site is open year-round, but the maple groves on the mountain slopes are of course most spectacular in the fall.
Those hoping for a less draining experience but still in search of fall views need not worry. The sprawling Parc des Appalaches has a total of 140 kilometres of trails of varying difficulty.
But thrill-seekers can also opt for the biggest challenge of all: a climb up the Montagne Grande Coulée, the highest peak in the park with an altitude of 853 metres at the summit.
From the top, you can see all the way north to Charlevoix.
Parc des Appalaches is a necessary addition to your fall bucket list.
The entrance fee for a full day is a reasonable $4.35 per person.
Get all the details below.
Mont Sugar Loaf
Price: $4.35 per person
Address: 105, rue Principale, Sainte-Lucie-de-Beauregard, QC
Why You Need To Go: To get as close as you can to a trip to Maine this year.
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This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.