Le "sentier des caps" in the province of Quebec is used to designate a network of trails along the St. Lawrence river in the region of Charlevoix, Quebec. The main trail is 51 kilometers long with many side trails available. It is a popular destination for hiking and snowshoeing as it as a nice network of shelters along the trail. The difficulty level is easy to moderate (unless recent snowfall makes your progress arduous). I have visited this trail on multiple occasions in the summer and winter for trips of various lengths. If is a superb destination for an introduction to overnight hiking and snowshoeing. The shelters are heated by wood stoves. Campsites are also available next to all shelters.
|Trip Summary||I've completed many 2-4 days trip in both summer and winter on this trail. There are many trip possibilities depending on the season, available time and shelter availability. The sentiers des caps website has a lot of information about potential trips. Employees at the visitor center can help you figure out a suitable trip depending on shelter availability.|
|Where||Charlevoix region, Quebec. The visitor center is located in St-tite-des-caps, QC.|
|When||All year round. Some trail sections are not accessible during the winter months.|
|Duration||Two to four days.|
|Logistics||● Daily access fees need to be paid at the visitor center.
● Shelters are very popular and often fully-booked, reserve well in advance. If you are camping there is usually more availability.
● In the fall hunters might be present around the trail, wearing bright colors is recommended.
● In the summer months it is advisable to plan something to keep your food away from bears, although bear sightings are not common.
● In winter shetlers are heated up with wood stoves, which take some time to get the place warm. Pack appropriate clothing.
|Maps||● A PDF Map is available on the trail's official website. A paper version is also available at the visitor center.|
|Liens utiles||● Sentier des caps official website and map|