Hiking Excursions

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Saguenay is a true paradise for hiking excursions!  Set out for discovery along our trails!

In the National Parks

Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay

Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay is a true fjord region and offers hiking excursions for all skill levels over a variety of distances. The well landscaped trails offer breathtaking views that are well worth the detour. Back-country campsites are also available. Presenting a list of our favorite trails: 

Consult the 2016-2017 Visitor's Guide for more details.

Trail Name Length and Duration Difficulty
Baie-Éternité Area

Des Méandres-à-Falaises

1.6 km (loop) 45-60 min

Easy

Sentier de la Statue

7.6 km (round trip) 3-4 hrs

Intermediate to Difficult

Les Caps, to the Du Géant viewpoint

10.2 km (round trip) 4-5 hrs

Intermediate to Difficult

l’Anse-Saint-Jean Area

Des Poètes (formerly Les Caps), from L’Anse-Saint-Jean to Petit-Saguenay

10 km (one-way only, shuttle service required) 5 hrs

Intermediate 

Des Chutes, to Montagne Blanche

13.8 km (round trip) 6-7 hrs

Difficult

L'Anse-de-Tabatière, viewpoint overlooking the fjord

0.5 km (loop) 10 min

Easy

Baie-Sainte-Marguerite et Baie-de-Tadoussac Areas

Sentier Le Fjord, from the Le Béluga discovery and services centre to the Halte du Béluga

6 km (round trip) 2.5 hrs

Easy

Sentier de l’Estuaire, from La Maison des Dunes discovery and services centre)

800 m (round trip) 20 min

Easy

Pointe-de-l’Islet, to the Tadoussac federal wharf

800 m (loop) 20 min

Easy

91, rue Notre-Dame, Rivière-Éternité, G0V 1P0
T 418.272.1556 | 1.
800.665.6527

Parc national des Monts-Valin

The park, located atop the area's highest mountains, offers several landscaped paths and many viewpoint overlooking the region. Presenting a list of our favorite trails: 

Consult the 2016-2017 Visitor's Guide for more details.

Trail Name Length and Duration Difficulty
Departure from the Pic-de-la-Hutte parking lot at 9 km from the discovery and services centre

Les Sommets

5 km (loop) 1.5 hrs

Intermediate

Pic-Dubuc

12 km (round trip) 4 hrs

Intermediate

Le Pic-de-la-Hutte

3 km (round trip) 1 hr

Easy

Départ du Centre de découverte et de services

Le Pic-de-la-Hutte

16 km (round trip) 5 hrs

Difficult

Le Pic-de-la-Tête-de-Chien

8 km (round trip) 2.5 hrs

Difficult

Départ de la Route du Bras des canots

La vallée des Fantômes

6 km (round trip) 2 hrs

Intermediate

Easy: Minimal change in elevation, short distance, no special equipment required.
Intermediate: Some change in elevation, long distance, no special equipment required.
Difficult: Major changes in elevation, excursion in a mountainous environment, preparation and good physical condition required. 

360, rang Saint-Louis, Saint-Fulgence, G0V 1S0
T 418.674.1200 | 1.800.665.6527

In the City of Saguenay

Trails in Saguenay

In all of the Saguenay boroughs, easy access is guaranteed to hiking trails in a semi-urban or wilderness environments.  Most offer free admission at all times except for Centre plein air Bec-Scie, dogs on leashes are welcome.

Trails and Excursions Length / Acces / Caracteristics
Borough of Chicoutimi

Aux Rats musqués

2 km linear / Free / Easy and intermediate

Les sentiers du Parc de la Colline

3 km (loop) / Free / Easy

Parc de la Rivière-du-Moulin

15 km (loop and linear) / Free / Easy, intermediate and difficult

Borough of Jonquière

Lac-Kénogami

41 km / Free / Difficult

Sentiers du Saguenay

14 km (loop and linear) / Free / Easy, intermediate and difficult

Mont-Jacob

2,5 km / Free / Easy and intermediate

Parc Price

1,5 km / Free / Easy

Borough of La Baie

Centre plein air Bec-Scie

22 km / Paid admission / Easy, intermediate and difficult

Sentier Eucher

8 km / Free / Intermediate and difficult

Sentier aux Rats Musqués

A linear trail accessible via Parc Rosaire-Gauthier (behind the pool). Map available by visiting the website Pets on leash permitted. No charge for admission.

Saguenay (arr. de Chicoutimi)
T 418.698.3200 # 4178

Centre plein-air Bec-Scie

In the heart of the Rivière-à-Mars canyon, the Centre Plein Air Bec-Scie offers stunning landscapes no matter the season. Explore the different trails with interpretive signs and picnic areas.

Characteristics:

  • Level of difficulty: Easy, intermediate and difficult.

7400, chemin des Chutes, Saguenay (arr. de La Baie), G7B 3N8
T 418.697.5132

Sentier Eucher

This trail offers breathtaking points of view overlooking the fjord and the Baie des Ha! Ha! Departures from the marina in Anse-à-Benjamin. No charge for admission

Characteristics:

  • Level of difficulty: Intermediate
  • Length: 4.5 km linear, marked

822, route de l'Anse-à-Benjamin, Saguenay (arr. de La Baie), G7B 3N9
T 418.698.3167 | 1.800.463.6565 

Sentiers du Mont-Jacob

Mont Jacob offers exceptional views of the district of Jonquière. There are two main trails and a secondary trail. You'll find a belvedere, works of art and magnificent viewpoints along the way. No charge for admission

4160, rue du Vieux-Pont, Saguenay (arr. de Jonquière), G8A 2G9
T 418.698.3200 # 4178

The Sentiers du Saguenay

The trail network's main axis is along Saguenay River between Rue Tourangeau and the Mont Fortin ski centre, besides a closed loop in the Manoir du Saguenay area. The paths are wide, well marked, easy for walking and offers many natural viewpoints. No charge for admission

Characteristics:

Accessible via:

  • The parking lot at the end of Rue Tourangeau, St-Jean-Eudes area
  • Club de Golf Saguenay Arvida, Boulevard Saguenay
  • Usine d’Épuration Jonquière, Boulevard Saguenay
  • Aluminium bridge
  • Mont-Fortin ski centre

 

Saguenay (arr. de Jonquière)
T 418.698.3200 # 4172 | 418.698.3167 

Saguenay Fjord South Shore

Sentier Notre-Dame, Kapatakan

Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean's small "Compostela" stretches over 215 km, connecting the Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay  from Rivière-Éternité to the National Sanctuary Ermitage Saint-Antoine de Lac-Bouchette . During this pilgrimage, 14 theme-based sectors are offered throughout cities and villages, allowing for the discovery of places of spirituality, culture and nature.

Characteristics:

  • Difficulty:  Easy
  • Length: 251 km
  • Trail Map

Ermitage Saint-Antoine  T 418.348.6344  |  1.800.868.6344

Sentier du Lac-Kénogami

This trail with three shelters has a suspension bridge and self-propelled platforms. It's located between Mont Lac-Vert and the City of Saguenay (Laterrière).

Characteristics:

  • Difficulty:  Difficult
  • Length: 41 km
  • Approximate duration: 3 days
  • Trail Map

Accessible in Laterrière, via Route 175 South, at KM 221.5 (Chemin de la rivière Simoncouche), or atop Mont-Lac-Vert in Hébertville.

Saguenay (secteur Lac-Kénogami)
T 418 673.0994

Sentiers de L'Anse-Saint-Jean

Nestled in the mountain valley, L’Anse-Saint-Jean is a unique natural haven along the coastline of the Saguenay Fjord. Its exceptional beauty is recognized by the Association des plus beaux villages du Québec (association for the most beautiful villages in Québec).

Characteristics:

  • Difficulty: Easy, intermediate, difficult
  • Several trails are available all with panoramic vistas.
  • Access from Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay

3 rue du Couvent, L'Anse-Saint-Jean, G0V 1J0
T 418.272.2633

Sentiers du Mont-Édouard

During the summer, the Mont-Édouard recreational centre offers trails from the foot of the mountain all the way to the top. A 60-foot observation tower and 5 scenic vistas anchored between cliffs offer exceptional views of the glacial valley and backcountry! No charge for admission.

Characteristics:

  • Difficulty: Easy, intermediate
  • Length: 3 km linear family-friendly trail, 1.5 km linear Sentier Vertige (high heights)
  • Access from Sentier Les Murailles

67, rue Dallaire, L’Anse-Saint-Jean, G0V 1J0
T 418.272.2927 | 1.877.420.3193

Petit-Saguenay River

Trail that skirts along the magnificent Petit-Saguenay River, it begins at the Club des Messieurs, at 1.7 km upstream from the village. It grants access to salmon fishing pitfalls. At 2.5 km, an approximately 30-meter long suspended footbridge spans the river. 

Characteristics:

  • Difficulty:  Easy
  • Length: 3.5 km, linear
  • Atlantic salmon observation

100, rue Eugène-Morin, Petit-Saguenay, G0V 1N0
T 418.272.1169 | 1.877.272.1169

Sentiers Village-Vacances Petit-Saguenay

From l'anse Saint-Étienne, where an ancient village once stood, you'll have access to a trail offering magnificent panoramic views of the Saguenay Fjord. The trails can also be reached from the Village-Vacances

Characteristics:

  • Difficulty: Easy, intermediate
  • Length: 15.5 km, linear and loop
  • Access from Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay
  • Accommodations and activities also available.

99, chemin Saint-Étienne, Petit-Saguenay, G0V 1N0
T 418.272.3193 | 1.877.420.3193

Sentier Les Murailles

These trails introduce hikers to the backcountry of the Bas-Saguenay area forged by glaciers millions of year ago. While travelling though the deep valleys, visitors will understand why this path has the name “Les Murailles” (the walls). Since Coop Quatre Temps are no longer operating, we suggest contacting one of the tourist information centres in Petit-Saguenay and L'Anse-Saint-Jean for information on trail conditions.

Characteristics:

  • Difficulty: Intermediate, difficult
  • Length: 43 km

N48.2164,W-70.0770 (voie d'accès principale)

Saguenay Fjord North Shore

Sentier des Marais

The Sentier des Marais extends Gaudreault pond. Travel across the boreal forest, a peat bog and marsh. Climb rocky capes offering panoramic views of the surrounding areas. Birdwatchers can observe 130 species of birds in the marshes of Lac Duclos. No charge for admission.

Characteristics:

  • Difficulty: Intermediate;
  • Length: 8 km (loop).

Situé à l’intersection du rang 3 et de la Route Racine, Saint-Charles-de-Bourget
T 418.672.2624

N48.5323,W-71.3915

Site de Chute-aux-galets

Two routes lead to this site located in Chute-aux-Galets. The first (easy, 1.2 km) trail is a pedestrian walkway where you can enjoy views of magnificent 20-meter high waterfalls. The second (intermediate, 3.8 km) allows for the discovery of many attractions such as natural limestone, the local birds and maybe even a glimpse of rafters speeding down the river. Map available along the trail. No charge for admission.

Characteristics:

  • Difficulty: Easy (1.2 km) and intermediate (3.8 km);
  • Trails: linear, with interpretive signs;
  • Length: 5 km;
  • Pets on leashes welcome.

Chemin de Chutes-aux-Galets via Rang 4, Saint-David-de-Falardeau
T 418.673.4647 

N48.6461,W-71.2001

Sentier pédestre de Bégin

The departure point of this 5-km long trail is at the covered bridge. Along the length of the trail, signs marked with a hiking boot indicate the trail and the number of kilometers traveled. You can visit the Grotte de l'ours (bear cave) during your excursion.

Characteristics:

  • Difficulty:  Easy;
  • Length: 5 km (loop);
  • Picnic tables, scenic viewpoints.

100, rue Lemieux, Bégin, G0V 1B0
T 418.672.4270

N48.6769,W-71.3529

Sentier de la Chute Gagnon

Explore the Municipality of Saint-Ambroise's backcountry via the hiking trail to discover the majestic Gagnon falls. Maps available at the town hall. No charge for admission.

Characteristics:

  • Difficulty:  Easy
  • Length: 4.2 km (loop) marked
  • Picnic area, parking lot
  • Pets on leashes welcome.

Rang 9, Saint-Ambroise
T 418.672.4765

N48.5956,W-71.2465

Parc Aventures Cap Jaseux

Explore 8 hiking trails totaling almost 10 kilometers nestled in the heart of a magnificent natural environment.  In addition to three scenic vistas offering stupendous panoramic views, the site also offers a beautiful sandy beach with views overlooking the fjord.

Characteristics:

  • Difficulty:  Easy;
  • Length: 10 km;
  • Accommodations and activities also available.

250, chemin de la Pointe-aux-Pins, Saint-Fulgence, G0V 1S0
T 418.674.9114 | 1.888.674.9114

Sentier de la Plate-forme / Sentier du Quai

These two trails are located in the village of Sainte-Rose-du-Nord, member of the Association des plus beaux villages du Québec (association of the most beautiful villages in Québec.) Discover spectacular viewpoints! No charge for admission.

Characteristics:

  • Difficulty:  Easy;
  • Length: Under 2 km;
  • For the entire family.

Sainte-Rose-du-Nord
T 418.675.2250

Sentier du Lac and Fjord

From within a woodland setting, the trail offers the opportunity of discovering the majestic fjord from its many scenic vistas. Departures from Centre de vacances Ferme 5 étoiles.

Characteristics:

  • Difficulty: Intermediate;
  • Length: 7 km (loop).

465, route 172 Nord, Sacré-Cœur, G0T 1V0
T 418.236.4833 | 1.877.236.4551