This is generally referred to as the third highest named summit in the Laurentian tourist region north of Montréal, following Mont-Tremblant and la Montagne Noire. What distinguishes this mountain from so many others in the region is that it has two large, unspoiled open areas (i.e. no ski lifts or observation platforms) at the summit, which together provide fantastic 180 degree views, and with plenty of space for hikers to spread out and relax.
The name Kaaikop, coming from the Algonquin language meaning roughly "bare, rocky, steep, and high place", was first proposed in 1956 and officially adopted in 1968 (source: Québec's Commission de Toponymie).
The summit is quickly attained by following trail 7 which starts a short distance from the reception at Lac-Legault. The 3.5 km long trail gains approximately 340 m in elevation, primarily in the last couple of km. Once the climb begins, it is a sustained climb until the summit. Though it is never excessively steep, there is rope in a couple of places along the trail to help the hiker, if needed. It is possible either to do an out-and-back hike, or make a longer (12 km) loop hike along trail 7 ("le grand tour"), though additional views on this option are limited.
The mountain can be hiked any time of year, though mud should be expected in April/May and bugs May/June. This makes for a nice snowshoe hike in the winter. Many of the trails at L'Interval are used for cross-country skiing in the winter.
L'Interval may be closed in shoulder seasons of late autumn and early spring depending on snow conditions, so it is advisable to check in advance during these periods before going.
www.interval.qc.ca (in French)