Colours and Outings: Some Not-to-Be-Missed Hiking Trails

Are you among those who prefer hiking in the fall? Here are five lesser-known trails that offer some magnificent points of view overlooking the region while providing you true WOW experiences as you admire our brilliant autumnal colours!


©Rémi Boucher

The Sentier Des Escarpements Trail—Parc national du Mont-Mégantic, Franceville Sector

Heading out from the Franceville service sector, you start by following the Promenade du Ruisseau. Running along a narrow waterway, this rather level trail leads to the Sentier des Escarpements. Here you’ll find the official trailhead for this moderate uphill path that will take you, first across a deciduous forest, then along a rocky cliff through some very tall evergreens. When you reach the top, you’ll find an impressive view overlooking the park interior and its valley. In the fall, you’ll discover a vast patchwork of colours spreading out below your feet! You’ll also be able to spot the summits of Mount Megantic and its observatory far off in the distance. The hike totals 6.7 km with an elevation of 180 m really worth the effort!

Trailhead: the Franceville sector service centre, Parc national du Mont-Mégantic
Dogs allowed: no


©Jean-Pierre Huard

The Sentier du Pékan - Parc national du Mont-Orford

With its low elevation (95 m), the Sentier du Pékan is a rather easy hike. You’ll need to go by the Colline des Pins and the Colline de la Serpentine, two paths that offer some lovely views. Here, you can admire the Étang-aux-Cerises pond as well as the Orford Massif. You can choose to return by either backtracking your route, or by taking the wider cross-country ski winter trail. You’ll cover a distance of about 9 km. If you’re hiking with your little ones, you might prefer taking a shorter uphill route to the Colline des Pins and then go back down for a total of about 2 km.

Trailhead : Le Cerisier service centre, Parc national du Mont-Orford (Lake Stukely sector)
Dogs allowed: no


©Simon Diotte

Lake Mohawk Loop—Parc d’environnement naturel de Sutton

Less known than the other Sutton venue trails (Lake Spruce and Round Top), Lake Mohawk, in the Parc d’environnement naturel de Sutton, deserves to be discovered! The start of this more than ten-kilometre hike will first leads across the Mount Sutton ski trails. Very soon you’ll enter a maple grove from where you’ll hike up the Montée Lac Mohawk and reach a lake with the same name. Once there, you’ll head to the Abenaki Rock, a natural belvedere offering you a great view of the United States mountains. MA-GNI-FI-CENT!

Trail head: The Mount Sutton ski resort’s main parking area or the welcome centre of the Parc d’environnement naturel de Sutton
Dogs accepted: yes


The Winslow Massif—Parc national de Frontenac

Head to the Chemin du lac des Îles parking area to find the Winslow Massif trail head where you start this 10 km loop. Walking across a deciduous forest and moss-covered firs, you’ll appreciate the tranquility you’ll find here. Halfway out, you can stop for a picnic on the sandy shore of Lake Thor before attacking the ascent to the top where you’ll enjoy a view overlooking the entire park. A true hidden treasure! If you feel like it, you can also complete part of the route in a canoe or a kayak (about 2 km) on the Lac des Îles, before continuing on foot. You can rent your canoe at the service centre.

Trailhead: Chemin du lac des Îles, Parc national de Frontenac, South Sector
Dogs allowed: no


©Ian Roberge

The Sentier Lac-Drolet—Sentiers du Morne and Maison du Granit Hiking Trails

Perfect for a family outing, the Morne’s three trails are short, easy walks with several superb viewpoints. You’ll rarely have the opportunity to offer yourself a spectacular panorama such as when you reach the summit! From atop the observation tower, take the time to admire the region’s colourful trees and lakes. Covering a distance of 1.8 km, the Lac-Drolet trail is the longest of the Morne’s trails with three lookout points, one with an ideally placed picnic table with several nature interpretation panels.

Trailhead: The parking area in front the Maison du Granit in Lac-Drolet
Dogs allowed: yes

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