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The 10 essentials
Be a smart hiker by being prepared with the items on this list.
Driving time from Quebec City
Length of Acropole-des-Draveurs trail
Over 10km (round trip)
Total trails in the park
Start your day early
It takes about 2.5 hours to get to Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie from Quebec City, and the hike itself will be almost a full day, so it’s a good idea to spend the night there. Also, the Acropole-des-Draveurs trail can see some pretty high traffic in peak season, so heading out first thing in the morning is your best bet if you want to have the summit all to yourself when you get there.
From the park, you’ll hop on a shuttle that makes stops at all the trailheads and campgrounds. Bear in mind that you have to use the shuttle in the high season. Keeping vehicle traffic to a minimum is one of many efforts in place to preserve the land.
This ain’t no walk in the park
This hike is tough – there’s no point sugarcoating it. At more than 10km round trip, you’re going to want to make sure you’ve come prepared for a workout. You’ll be climbing 800m to the summit, and it’s uphill both ways (kidding – though it might feel that way). If you love a challenge that comes with a massive reward, the Acropole is for you.
On top of the world
The view from the summit is one of the best you’ll find east of the rockies. The Laurentians stretch as far as the eye can see, and you’ll see the Malbaie River snaking its way through the valley below. Take a nice long break before beginning the tramp back down.
Want something smaller?
The Acropole isn’t the only way to enjoy the park, so if you’re not feeling up for the mother of all hikes today, there are six other trails to choose from. The Riverain hike is a one-way 7km gravel path that eventually gives way to a series of switchbacks, taking you to a gorgeous view of the valley.
Conk out at camp
Now that you’re at this national park, might as well make a weekend out of it, right? If so, then you’ve got three options when it comes to campgrounds. Le Cran and Le Pin Blanc are both semi-serviced with a number of ready-to-camp sites, while L’Équerre is a bit more of a backcountry experience.