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Parc des Haute-Gorges-de-la-Riviere-Malbaie – Photos

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007


We were a bit disappointed by this park: . It has one of Quebec’s best hikes (the 5 hour Acropole des Draveurs hike) which warrants a visit to the park. Unlike other Quebec parks however, this park (which is the newest of the provincial parks) forbids the use of your car – once you get to the park they tell you that you have to park your car in the campground, which is close to the entrance of the park. Transport between the entrance of the park and the Le Draveur Services Center (which is 8 km away) is provided by a shuttle bus that passes every 15 minutes.

This might seem reasonable enough, but what if you want to do the Acropole des Draveurs hike early in the morning? The shuttle service only starts at 8am (ends at 7:30 pm). I got up at 6 and decided to walk the 7 km or so to where the trail starts.

Early morning picture (that’s fog coming off the river):

Finally got to the trailhead and started the 9km hike:


We also took a cruise down the Malbaie river. Again the logistics screwed us up: you can’t buy the tickets at the campground. You have to walk 1km from the campground to the main road, catch the shuttle bus to the Le Draveur Services Center where you can buy the tickets. We waited 2 hours for our boat (the alternative would have been to go back to the campground, rest up for 15 min, then do the whole shuttle bus thing again).

This explains the pissed off look below:

We had paid for 3 nights of camping at Parc des Haute-Gorges-de-la-Riviere-Malbaie – we did one night and decided we didn’t want to stick around and be trapped in our tents. I’m all for the environment – but if you want to attract tourists to a national park you have to make it accessible. Bad job on this one SEPAQ!

PS. They don’t give refunds either!

Parc national du Saguenay – Photos

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007


This park covers the Fjord of the Saguenay river from Tadoussac up to a little past the town of Riviere Eternite

The Saguenay at its mouth:

Baie Saint Margarite sector (good place to see Beluga whales):


Baie Eternite sector (they have a 4 hour return hike to Cap Trinite – nothing that special though, views at L’Anse Saint-Jean (further down this post) much more impressive and accessible)


Views from the lookout at L’Anse Saint-Jean (Can drive up!):


Around L’Anse Saint-Jean (really pretty town):


Tadoussac, Quebec – Photos

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007
t1.jpg Tadoussac is a small town on the north coast of the St. Lawrence, about 2 hours north of Quebec city. The Saguenay river flows into the St. Lawrence, the combination making it the perfect feeding ... [Continue reading this entry]