Experience hut to hut hiking on Quebec’s famous Traversée de Charlevoix with Great Canadian Trails.
One of the most magical hiking trails in Quebec, the route is located in the mountainous Charlevoix region, at the heart of a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. This rugged trail offers a real challenge for outdoor enthusiasts through untouched wilderness and a beautiful forest environment as you make your way along six back country huts that line the Trail.
BEFORE YOU GO
Please consult the latest updates from the Government of Canada, as well as your province/territory, your municipality and the organization that manages your chosen section of the Trail.We strongly encourage everyone using trails in our network to abide by all public health guidelines.
Overview | Inclusions
Duration: 7 days
Activities: 7 days self-guided hiking
Accommodation: 6 nights multi-share basic huts
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
- 6-night accommodation, multi-share backcountry huts (non-private) with comfortable 3-inch foam sleeping mat
- 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners with shared use of cooking equipment and dishes in huts
- Drinking water delivered daily to each hut
- Daily luggage transfer (1 piece per person, not exceeding 20 kilograms)
- Pick-up from Baie-Saint-Paul and drop-off in Baie-Saint-Paul or La Malbaie
- Information pack including trail maps (1 set per two hikers)
- Park entry fees
- Emergency hotline
- $50 donation to Trans Canada Trail
What’s not included
- Travel to/from Charlevoix
- Guide (this is a self-guided tour)
- Personal expenses
- Meals and transfers not indicated in the itinerary
- Airfare, visas, applicable taxes, travel insurance (required)
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Day 1 Arrive Baie-Saint-Paul to Squirrel Hut (transfer + approx. 4.2 km)
You’ll be picked up this morning from either your accommodation in Baie-Saint-Paul, the bus station or the train station for your transfer to the trail office. After a quick briefing, you’ll hit the trail to Lac-de-l’Écluse, where your luggage will be waiting for you.
Day 2 Squirrel Hut to Marmot Hut (approx. 14.9 km)
Enjoy a hike on downhill slopes and take in the magnificent views of fir and spruce trees, as well as a fabulous view over the edge of an impact crater. There’s an alternative route option available that’s slightly more demanding, but it’s highly recommended for the fantastic views.
Day 3 Marmot Hut to Owl Hut (approx. 10.5 km or 19.4 km option)
It’s strongly recommended to ascend the extra nine kilometres to the top of Mont de la Noyée (based on weather) – the view is incredible. Descend and follow the trail to the Owl Hut.
Day 4 Owl Hut to Blue Jay Hut (approx. 20.6 km)
Although you’ll be covering a long distance, it’s mostly downhill. The route offers amazing views, bridge crossings and the imposing trees of Grands-Ormes Ecological Reserve. Head slightly uphill for amazing views of the Acropole-des-Draveurs and Mont Félix-Antoine-Savard, then continue on to Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie National Park, where you’ll be for the next two hiking days.
Day 5 Blue Jay Hut to Coyote Hut (approx. 15.7 km)
Enjoy a gradual uphill climb today. Follow the Malbaie River, then continue along Ruisseau Chouinard, which leads to some gorgeous panoramic lookouts of the valley.
Day 6 Coyote Hut to Sparrowhawk Hut (approx. 19.7 km)
Hike along former forestry paths and keep your eye out for a beaver dam – the patient hiker may even get a glimpse of its resident.
Day 7 Sparrowhawk Hut to Mont Grand-Fonds trailhead (approx. 10.3 km)
Head to Mont Grand-Fonds, the exit point of the unforgettable Traversée de Charlevoix. You’ll be picked up here and transferred either to Baie-Saint-Paul or La Malbaie.
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- By car: If you plan to drive, you will need to make your own way to the trail office near Saint-Urbain and park your car there.
- By bus: Intercar services Baie-Saint-Paul with regular departures from Quebec City. Visit their website for the latest schedules and more information. On Day 1, you will be picked up and transferred to the trail office, at the time and location indicated on your tour voucher.
- By train: Train de Charlevoix services Baie-Saint-Paul seven days a week from mid-June to mid-October. Visit their website for schedules and information.
- By air: The nearest airport is Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB). From Quebec City, you can either rent a car, or take the public bus or local tourist train to Baie-Saint-Paul
- Transfer service: If you have chosen to drive, the package includes a service to transfer your car to a parking area on the final day. Full details and driving instructions will be provided with your information package.
Great Canadian Trails: A note on self-guided adventures
Self-guided walking requires individuals to use problem-solving skills, to be adaptable and to have a keen eye. It’s recommended that individuals are comfortable reading a map and referring to route notes, while having a good sense of direction (or are willing to work on improving this!)
Sometimes route finding, losing your way, and asking the locals for help are all part of the adventure. If you’ve never been on a self-guided trip, you’ll get the hang of it after the first couple of days, as the vast majority of first-time travellers with Great Canadian Trails attest.
Written route-finding materials issued by Great Canadian Trails are updated regularly. Great Canadian Trails provides a seven-day service hotline to help solve problems and answer questions.