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Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Quebec, Canada, North America

Object Title: Jacques-Cartier

Elevation: 4160 ft / 1268 m


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Created/Edited: Jan 4, 2002 / Jun 22, 2005

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Mont Jacques-Cartier is the highest point in the Chic-Chocs Mountains, and in all of Quebec outside of the remote Torngat Mountains. Located on the central Gaspé Peninsula, the area is preserved as Parc de la Gaspésie.

A well maintained and popular trail climbs four kilometers to the summit. The trailhead is actually four kilometers up a road that is only open to shuttle busses. The shuttle is well worth the modest fee. Save your energy for exploring the high country. We were surprised to see a patch of snow, still surviving in the mid-August sun, on the mountainside above the parking lot during our visit.

The trail climbs at a steep but tolerable rate. Much of it seems more like a sidewalk than a trail, as it is cleared down to smooth bedrock. About half way up the trees start to thin out and the views begin to open up. The trail passes through a saddle just below timberline. Just beyond is a small lake. From there, the trail ascends 125 steps and emerges above timberline just as the steep climbing ends. The summit plateau is a jumble of boulders capped by a shelter/lookout. The views there are great.

The trail continues across the boulder field, heading southwest along the crest of the range. Plans call for this trail to become a part of an extension of the Appalachian Trail that will join that famous trail at its northern terminus on Mt. Katahdin in Maine and extend to the Gaspé Cape in Forillon National Park.

An added attraction to the climb is the possibility of seeing woodland caribou along the way. About 200 animals remain in the park.

Getting There

The park is connected to the outside world by paved roads, but the shortest trailhead to the summit requires a short drive on good gravel roads.

Park Information and Reservations:

Parc de la Gaspésie
900 Route du parc
Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Québec G4V 2E3

Telephone: 1 866 PARC GAS (1 866 727-2427)
Fax: (418) 763-5435

Red Tape

IMPORTANT: Access to Mont Jacques-Cartier is allowed from 10 AM to 4 PM, June 24 to September 30 only.

When To Climb

IMPORTANT: Access to Mont Jacques-Cartier is allowed from 10 AM to 4 PM, June 24 to September 30 only.


Reservations are a good idea. See http://www.sepaq.com/En/. Click on "Reservation", then "Camping".

Mountain Conditions

Call the Nature Interpretation Center at (418) 763-7811 from June to September. While the mountain is off limits in winter, other great opportunities exist in the park. Trail Information