Canada: Québec

Saguenay and Charlevoix Hiking Tour

Five nights, six days of hiking on trails with views over the Saguenay Fjord and Saint Lawrence River.
“Everything was beautifully organized. Even though we were travelling with a group, I never felt that compromise was necessary: we had freedom, within the structure, that made me feel independent.”
Paula B.





Itinerary



Start: Québec City, 10:00, day one.


Finish: Québec City, 16:00, day six.


Day 1

Québec City rendezvous, Montmorency Falls, and Cap Tourmente Wildlife Reserve.

Start in Québec City, where you will be collected and transferred to the nearby waterfalls at Montmorency - Quebec’s tallest waterfall. Downriver, hike through the marshes, plains and forests of Cap Tourmente - a National Wildlife Area established to protect the American Bulrush marshes that serve as the primary habitat of the Greater Snow Goose during migration periods. You will have several opportunities for wildlife viewing, as well as great views over the St. Lawrence River. A short transfer then takes you to the artist-haven town of Baie-St-Paul, and your warm lodge. LD
Auberge La Muse, Baie-Saint-Paul

Day 2

Parc National des Grand Jardins; hike up to 11 km, drive up to 2 hours.

Today you will explore Parc National des Grand Jardins, home of a unique species of forest dwelling caribou and rare lichens seldom found at latitudes this far south. You will hike alongside steep mountains with bald summits, and enjoy spellbinding views of the Charlevoix crater. On clear days, from atop Mont-du-Lac-des-Cygnes, you will see all the way to the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, and the seven villages scattered through this magnificent Charlevoix region. BL
Same lodging

Day 3

Sentier Le Paysan & Sentier Louis-Charles Audet: Hike up to 15 km, drive up to 2 hours.

A 30-minute transfer takes you to Les Éboulements, named after the violent rock slides caused by a massive earthquake in 1663. Gourmet delicacies are available at La Ferme Éboulmontaise, to nourish you during two hikes, each of which provide many sweeping vistas of Charlevoix and the St. Lawrence River. You can also visit a windmill museum, and can taste rare ice cider at an award-winning orchard. Continue to La Malbaie - an historic resort village that has attracted the elite of North America’s high society for more than a century. America’s 27th president, William Howard Taft, referred to the area as “intoxicating as champagne, yet without the hangover.” BLD
Auberge des Falaises, La Malbaie

Day 4

Tadoussac. One-hour transfer, 4km hike, and optional afternoon activities, including whale watching, sea kayaking, and dune sliding.

Tadoussac is where the Saguenay fjord meets the Saint Lawrence – a confluence which produces nutrient rich waters and corresponding ecological richness. Whales love it here, and white belugas are almost always present during the summer months. You will have 4km of coastal hiking at Baie des Rochers, and will visit the Fromagerie at Saint Fidèle. There are many activities to enjoy on a Tadoussac afternoon: visit the Centre d’interprétation des Mammifères Marins, where you’ll learn about the whales of the St. Lawrence River and their protected environment; visit the dunes outside of town, curiously perched far from the river; take a whale cruise, sea kayak to see the whales, or simply repose at your historic lodging. BL
Hotel Tadoussac, Tadoussac

Day 5

Saguenay Fjord; hike up 13 km

A full day of hiking on the fjord trail, with spectacular views over the Saguenay River. This hike includes challenging, steep sections. During the summer season, the St. Lawrence Beluga whale population regularly comes to the Baie-Saint-Marguerite area, where the opportunity to witness Beluga behaviour seldom seen elsewhere has established it as a critically important habitat for the fascinating Beluga population.
Same lodging

Day 6

Transfer to Québec City; hike 7 km

Today’s transfer back to Québec City, ‘where the river narrows’ will be enhanced with a hike on Cap Rouge trail to a perch high above the Saint-Lawrence near Saint-Tite-des-Caps. You will be back in Québec City in late afternoon. BL



Description



Route expectations:

Moderate daily distances. Some steep and challenging sections along coastal, marshland, forest, and mountain trails. Waterproof hiking footwear is recommended.




Charlevoix is sandwiched between craggy Laurentian Mountains and the Saint Lawrence River. It encompasses a meteorite impact crater that accommodates dairy farming and great walking! The wildlife and exceptional richness of its flora have warranted its classification as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, comprising agricultural, tidal marshland, and even mountain tundra ecosystems.

At the mouth of the Saguenay River, Belugas and Minke whales congregate in the mix of fresh water from the Saguenay and the tidal flow of the Saint Lawrence. We invite you to come and enjoy the natural beauty, unique culture, and regional cuisine with us. Whether you are a nature lover, a whale watcher, a music fan, a history buff, or an adventurer, you are promised memorable moments in this most fascinating region of ‘la belle province’.



Map & Elevations



Click here for the elevation profile

Day # Daily distance
1
  Variable
2
  11 km
3
  Up to 15 km
4
  4 km + options
5
  Up to 13 km
6
  7 km


Learn more



Québec City is a World Heritage Site and you'll enjoy an extra night or two before or after your trip.

When staying in Quebec, we recommend Auberge Le Vincent or the more opulent Auberge Saint Antoine. A fascinating way to learn about downtown history is to take a guided Ghost Walk. There are also guided walks around the citadelle.

Mid-August Wednesday and Saturday evenings are great for pyromaniacs, as the sky over the Plains of Abraham park is lit up with musical firework celebrations!



Costs



US 2495 C 2995 (per person, double occupancy)

Per person, double occupancy, includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners, full time guide support, ground transportation, park entry fees, luggage handling, sales tax.

US 2325 C 2795 (per person, double occupancy)

Per person, double occupancy, includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, ground transportation, park entry fees, luggage handling, sales tax.

Single room
surcharge

US 745 C 895



*Contact us about savings when groups of four or more book self-guided tours.*


All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.