In 1895, Québec created Parc national des Laurentides, which included club territory. Thomas Fortin, a woodsman from the village of Saint-Urbain, was named the government's first official representative and was charged with tracing park boundaries.
In actual fact, "Parc des Laurentides" was more like a forest reserve than a true park, and eventually went on to become part of the network of Québec wildlife reserves that exists today.
In 1981, the Government of Québec established its first conservation park network and accorded the Grands-Jardins Park in Charlevoix this status.
In 1988, UNESCO embedded the Parc national des Grands-Jardins within the World Biosphere Reserve in Charlevoix, confirming its international position as a vital element in the conservation of the biodiversity of this exceptional site.
Two major forest fires have since devastated the Grands-Jardins forest, one in 1991 and another in 1999. Although these events initially appear to be dramatic, they are nevertheless beneficial for a number of animal species. Contrary to what most people would think, the post-fire ecosystem is dynamic, and this gives the Parc national des Grands-Jardins territory its special nature.
Le Dôme is actually outside the park's boundry and part of la Zec des Marthes. No access permit is required, but you must be part of the FQME to climb at the Dôme.
The climbsTo access the crag, drive pass the Lac des Signes info center and parking for about 1 km. Facing Le Dôme, on the right hand side of the road, you’ll see a parking area. Park there.
On the right side of the parking area, a trail goes up, towards the crag, then splits in 2 after about 100 meters, take the left hand trail (a bit less wide) going up. Follow this trail to the small lodge. Behind the lodge, turn left and go up towards the crag. That’s it, you’re there!
From here you can access most of the 40 or so routes. Most are 4 pitches long. All are Trad with some occasional bolts on unprotected sections. Some will have bolted belay station.
The most popular and classic routes are:
- Granuleuse (5.6, 200m)
- Onglé (5.7, 200m)
- Voie d’évitement (5.6, 180m)
- Tache blanche (5.10, 200m)
Red TapeYou must be part of the FQME to climb at le Dome (www.fqme.qc.ca)
CampingThe park offers many camping, the closest being Au Pied des Monts (www.sepaq.com)