Quebec: Hiking - Walking
The crown jewel of French Canada
Quebec's unique location means it has some very good hiking and walking trails and walking is one of the best ways to get around Quebec (from a sight-seeing point of view) except of course in winter. When in Quebec City and Montreal bring a street/subway map to plan your itinerary or simply wander around the downtown area and historic Quebec with cobblestone streets. If you plan to hike some of Quebec's nature trails, Mount Royal in Montreal is a must.
There are over 6000 km of trails open to hikers with most in the Gaspe Peninsula, the Laurentides and the Eastern Townships. Enjoy ever-changing scenery from forests to lakes and mountains. Quebec's regional and national parks, wildlife reserves and wide variety of trails make Quebec an ideal hiking location. Accommodation can be found along many of the routes. Some favourite routes include, Parc National de la Gaspesie, International Appalachian Trail, and Sentiers de l'Estrie.
Other areas worth hiking in Quebec are the Nature Parks of Cap-St-Jacques, Bois-de-Liesse and Pointe-aux-Prairie. Just outside the city you will also find some very good Provincial Parks such as Iles-de-Boucherville. Quebec is fastly becoming a city dedicated to its green and historic pathways. Be sure to wear good walking shoes, bring sunscreen and a hat, water bottles and insect repellent.