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.


Since 1978, Rando Québec, formerly the Fédération québécoise de la marche, is a non-profit organisation that promotes hiking and snowshoeing throughout Quebec. Its mission is to ensure the development and sustainability of hiking and snowshoeing in Quebec by providing services and products for its enthusiasts, as well as for trail managers

For more information about this subject or for an interview, contact:

Dominique Caron

Tel: 514-252-3000 poste 3680



During the 70s, the first enthusiasts of the outdoors in Canada expressed a desire for a footpath that would extend from the Pacific to the Atlantic. As early as 1971, Douglas Campbell of the Canadian Hiking Association took action. Eventually, in 1977, he founded what has come to be known as Hike Canada En Marche and in 1988, the first stretch of the trail was launched at a ceremony in Ottawa. In
1990, care of the National Trail in Quebec was entrusted to Rando Québec and several trails in Lanaudière and the Laurentides were launched that same year.


Contrary to popular belief, the National Trail in Quebec is not part of the TransCanada Trail (Sentier Transcanadien), which comprises a multisports trail system that extends across Canada. Unlike the latter, the National Trail is open only to hikers. Its trail markings are also distinct.