The National Trail has expanded in Quebec with the International Appalachian Trail
From Gatineau to Gaspé, an adventure on foot awaits you!
Montreal, September 6th 2017 - The National Trail in Quebec (NTQ) is now 1,650 km long thanks to the addition of the International Appalachian Trail in Quebec (IAT-QC) (Sentier international des Appalaches - Québec).
With its 650 km, the IAT-QC (SIA-QC) already allowed hikers to cross and discover the Gaspé Peninsula from Matapédia to Gaspé. By connecting with the National Trail and its 1,000 km of trails, it has now become a trail 1,650 km long, an initiative that began over 30 years ago!
The first long hiking trail to be granted a GR status in the country, the IAT (or GR-A1) is a good example of the ambitious projects Rando Québec has undertaken on the path of the National Trail, which, it’s worth mentioning, runs through no fewer than nine tourist regions: Outaouais, the Laurentides, Lanaudière, Mauricie, Québec, Charlevoix, Manicouagan, the Bas-Saint-Laurent et the Gaspé Penninsula.
With the collaboration of a renowned organisation like the IAT-QC, Rando Québec continues the work begun with the French Federation of Hiking (Fédération Française de la randonnée). Together, they are working on the adoption of the GR ("grande randonnée"/GR path) logo on various stretches of the NTQ, as well as the promotion of recreational facilities on and near the trail. Already, services such as lodging, baggage transportation, vehicle transportation, guides and auto-guides are available along both the IAT and in several areas of the NTQ, thus allowing hikers to discover Quebec.