Parc National de la Gaspesie: Mont Jacques-Cartier and La Camarine (2 days / 23 km)

Amazing view of Gaspe National Park stream

This was a single overnight trip but was packed with varied terrain and fantastic panoramic views. The beginning of the trail is steep, then you’re around 1,000m elevation for a while, and the second day you finish with a long slow descent. Note that hiking on Mont Jacques-Cartier is only allowed June 24-Sept 30 and only between 10 am-4 pm to protect the caribou.

Trip Completed: July 2021

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Mont-Albert Discovery and Visitors Centre (the shuttle departs from here and takes you to the trailhead)

Ending Point: Mont-Albert Discovery and Visitors Centre

Total Distance: 23 km

Elevation Gain: Total ascent is 340 m, but elevation loss is 930 m 

Duration: 2 days

Difficulty: Intermediate


This route takes place in Parc National de la Gaspesie.

Traditional Territory: This route takes place on the traditional territory of Wabanaki (Dawnland Confederacy) (source).

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: None

Map: Trail Map (Sepaq)

Campsite Reservations: Required. Reservations are by phone only (1 800 665-6527). Shuttle reservations can be made at the same time. You can also make reservations in person at the Discovery and Visitors Centre in the park.

Permits: You can have your electronic permit on your phone.

Outfitters & Shuttles

Parking is available at the Mont-Albert Discovery and Visitors Centre. I then took the shuttle from the Mont-Albert Discovery and Visitors Centre to the trailhead. There is the option to drive to Mont-Jacques-Cartier Visitors Centre and take the shuttle the rest of the way into the trailhead as well (works for day trips) but for the overnight hike out you will end at a different place than where your car is.

Shuttle: A shuttle is necessary to get to the trailhead, but is easily booked in advance and is accessible from the Discovery and Visitors Centre.

Trip Report

Day 1: Trailhead to La Camarine (8.2 km)

The shuttle and hike up...

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