State of the Trail

Check this page every week to see the information about each sections of the trail.

The IAT-QC hiking season runs from June 24 to the Thanksgiving (in Canada).  

Trail General conditions

SIA-QC Trail Opening June 24, 2019




Please note that section was difficult.



September 13, 2019


The trail between the blaze 638 and 632 is closed for definitive. you have to take the other trail and a beautiful obersavtion tower was in this sector.

August 27, 2019

The trail are close from Matapédia to Ste-Marguerite until june 2020.

Eric Chouinard, IAT-QC director


June 19, 2019

For the sector Avignon from Matapédia to the Assemetquagan river. The first km were clearing fallen trees across Beacon Trail 648 to 638.

The Beacon 628 Beacon area is also cleaned up.

We have not been to the canyon yet but we should go by July 1st.

For the Assemetquagan River, I had canoeists who crossed the fording and they estimate that the water level was a little higher than the knee on June 15, the river continues to fall. Make sure you have a rope to hold on to the cable that crosses the river.

There will surely be fallen trees here and there because we do not have a big team of workers for our sector. We do our best to clean everything in a respectable time.

There is no more wood at the shelter Quartz to make a fire in the stove, we ferrons during the summer.

Geneviève Labonté Head of the Avignon Sector


June 4, 2019

The rivers have a very high level, which makes the crossing a ford of them dangerous.

Matapedia Valley

 June 19, 2019

For the Valley, the sector of the Matane River to the Soucy deposit is made.

From Hot Sable Camp to the Marsh is also done.

From the Assemetquagan River to Creux Creek is OK.

For the rest, I have not heard anything yet.


Gaétan Roy Manager of the Valley Sector


June 4, 2019

The rivers have a very high level, which makes the crossing a ford of them dangerous.

Matane Wildlife Reserve

Attention hunting period started on the Réserve faunique de Matane from September 3 to November 6, hiking and traffic is reduced and a traffic fee is mandatory! To obtain a right of circulation, please fill in the form available here and send it to the SIA-QC (


Please note that the vegetation makes the wet trail and sometimes more difficult to follow. The difficulty level of this sector is high.


July 1, 2019

The Matane Wildlife reseve is now open at 100%.


June 26, 2019

The path between Lac Matane and Petit-Sault is open now and the maintenance will be finish ont June 29, 2019.


June 19, 2019

The path between Lac Matane and Petit-Sault is still too snowy to venture into, so the IAT-QC prohibits hikers from accessing it because there is danger. Maintenance and inspection will be done as soon as conditions permit.


June 15, 2019

The trail is open to Lac Tombereau, there are no snow tracks, but there is a lot of water in some places and it is very muddy.

The West Mount Trail is still snow-covered.

Many branches and fallen trees in the trail section between Matane Lake and the junction for the Desjarlais Peak.
Slabs of snow from 650 m and especially 700 m.

June 4, 2019

The Matane River Trail: is open from Cap Seize to John Post, before Cap Seize it lacks a bridge that could not be reinstalled since the water level is too high.

The Mount Charles Edward Vézina Trail: is open.

Gaspesie National Park

The Gaspésie National Park it's open entirely now on July 4, 2019

Upper Gaspe

July 24, 2019

A section change between tags # 203 and # 205, the new part is well marked, so no risk of confusing the trail.

June 21, 2019

Report Committee Haute-Gaspésie

Snow on the ground in both ends of the territory HG, so could not do the inspection
complete this day.

At the Grand Falls campsite, several fallen trees.

A team planned in early July to cut these trees and they will be used to make, among others, steps
for mounted in the shelter.

East of the Sword Channel area, more than 25 trees fell for about 1 km (between B179 and 180). Must go back in 2 weeks.

Between B176 to 170; passable despite trees fallen to the ground.

The Mont-St-Pierre sector: from Mt-Delta to village B221 to 223, has some stairs to repair and steep slope to work
Expected during the summer.
Between B224 to B228; River overflows and floods the trail by sector, some culverts to repair. Work in progress for July

Sector Cabourons should be inspected by 2 weeks (mid-July), still snow !!


June 4, 2019

The maintenance is well underway, the markup has been refreshed, there are still traces of snow in the trail and water courses are very high. There may still be some trees fallen in some areas.


If you need information on the specific trail, Clémence 418-967-1356


Gaspé Coast

July 22, 2019

Hikers tell us they had problems between campground Les Carrières and «Lean to« L'Érablière: trail is not clean and not enough signs. A team will check it soon.


July 1, 2019

Itis no more possible to walk on the shore by high tide between St-Yvon (km 100) and Grand-Étang (km 95). We have to use the highway 132, follow the new signs.


June 19, 2019.

Latest inspections completed, we can now say that the trail is accessible and safe throughout the Côte-de-Gaspé. However, the Les Éoliennes trail, a loop accessible from the SIA, has not been fully inspected, it would present major windthrow problems, so not advisable at the moment.


Jean-Marc Hardy 418-368-9242

Forillon National Park of Canada

Opening for short and long hike: June 1, 2019