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5 Amazing Snowshoe Trails Around the Québec City Area

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5 Amazing Snowshoe Trails Around the Québec City Area

When you head out on snowshoes, you get to discover amazing spots that you’d never see otherwise. Plus, it’s super easy! You don’t have to learn any special skills and you can go at your own pace. The degree of difficulty varies depending on how steep the trail is and how much snow has fallen in the hours prior to your hike. The Québec City Area has hundreds of kilometers of marked snowshoeing trails. Here are 5 of my favourite:

1 L’Aventurier Trail

Station touristique Duchesnay

Distance (there and back): 10 km (6.2 miles)
Time: 5 ½ hours
Snowshoe rentals available: Yes

At Station touristique Duchesnay, there are lots of different intersecting trails, so if you end up wanting to take it easy, you can always cut out early and head back to the cabin. The Aventurier is a trail that takes you through a maple and yellow birch grove and into a mature forest. The first viewpoint is at Lac Jaune (Yellow Lake). From there, you’ll ascend to a second viewpoint, called Le Sommet (“the Summit”). On the return trip, you’ll leave behind the snow-covered evergreen trees and cross several of the centre’s lovely cross‑country ski trails.

Station touristique Duchesnay
140, montée de l’Auberge
Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, QC  G3N 2Y6

2 La Faille Trail

Sentiers des Caps de Charlevoix

Distance (there and back): 8,4 km (5.2 miles)
Time: 3 ½ – 4 hours
Snowshoe rentals available: Yes

The best thing about Sentiers des Caps de Charlevoix is that there are many different trails leading to lookouts with spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River. La Faille is the easiest of the day hikes. The goal is to reach the La Faille hut, perched at the top of a big geological fault line. Your hard work will earn you an incredible view of some of the islands in the St. Lawrence River.

Sentiers des Caps de Charlevoix, Saint-Tite-des-Caps sector
2, rue Leclerc
Saint-Tite-des-Caps, QC  G0A 4J0

3 Des Falaises Trail

Vallée Bras-du-Nord

Distance (there and back): 17 km (10.6 miles)
Time: 5 – 7 hours
Snowshoe rentals available: No

The trail is ranked as difficult, partly because of the steep climb at the beginning. Your snowshoe crampons will come in mighty handy in some spots. After a few kilometers, the climb gets less steep and stays that way all the way to the Des Falaises hut—the perfect place to have your lunch or even spend the night, if you book ahead. It has an amazing view of the valley below. If you’ve still got energy left to burn, take the short loop to Cap Bédard. It’s a gentle climb that rewards you a view of the far‑off St. Lawrence River. And remember: what goes up, must come down! 

Vallée Bras-du-Nord, Shannahan sector
2180, Rang Saguenay
Saint-Raymond, QC  G3L 3G3

4 La Montagne à Deux Têtes Trail

Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval

Distance (there and back): 9 km (5.6 miles)
Time: 3 hours
Snowshoe rentals available: No

This loop takes you up to the top of a mountain with unusual geological features. You won’t find an information centre or any services at the trailhead, so bring snacks and make sure not to forget your keys in the car! The loop isn’t too steep in either direction and takes you to two lookouts with gorgeous views of the Montmorency River Valley. When the sky is clear you can even see all the way to Québec City.

Sentier de la montagne à Deux Têtes
8, Chemin de l'Espoir
Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval, QC  G0A 3K0

5 Mont-du-Lac-des-Cygnes Trail

Parc des Grands Jardins

Distance (there and back): 8.5 km (5.3 miles)
Time: 4 hours
Snowshoe rentals available: Yes

Parc des Grands Jardins is a provincial park that’s about 125 km (78 miles) from Québec City. The park owes its stunning geological features to a meteor that crashed there millions of years ago as well as the passage of a few monumental glaciers. The Mont-du-Lac-des-Cygnes trail is something of a classic and a fairly easy trip. The first part of the trail winds through a beautiful forest of snow‑covered evergreens. The trail then takes you up to the bare-rock summit with its absolutely spectacular views.

Parc des Grands Jardins – Sépaq
Km 21 on Route 381
Saint-Urbain, QC  G4A 1C2

Great Trails for Beginners

The trails at the Marais du Nord marsh are a great option if it’s your first time out on snowshoes. Located close to the city centre, the marsh is a beautiful natural setting, with short, predominantly flat trails that offer different viewpoints of Saint-Charles Lake. It’s also a great place for birdwatching!

Marais du Nord
1100, chemin de la Grande-Ligne
Stoneham, QC  G3C 0Y1

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Mélissa is an outdoor enthusiast. She spends her leisure time enjoying her favourite sports in town or around.

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