Avignon and Matapedia Valley


This page covers two distinct IAT-QC sections (Matapedia and Avignon), but because they are both covered by the same topographic map, this page will cover both sections.  For commodity reasons they will be talked about either jointly or seperately throughout the site.




From Matapedia to Assemetquagan river - 50,5 km

This sector offers possibilities of escapades for a few hours or expeditions with nights in refuges. Matapedia, "where the rivers meet" in micmac language opens the door of the IAT in Quebec. According to the first "Thru-Hiker" come from the south, Matapedia proves to be "Trail Town" of first choice, offering the services necessary to the walkers in a decoration of rivers and mountains. This section marks the transition between the fir plantation from the center from the peninsula and the maple trees from the slopes from Restigouche. The trail offers a variety of landscapes, ecosystems forest, deep valleys and points of sights to mountainsides.

Overhanging the village of Matapedia, the "course of the two rivers" offers at the same time an astonishing point of view on the meeting of the rivers and a vision of the rock of the Appalachian Mountains. The crossing of the Saint-Andrew sector to Sainte-Marguerite, in the Valley has a level of hiking sometimes technical and advanced, but also of the splendid landscapes and impregnated of legends.

In Saint-Andrew you can sleep in refuge or campsite. Towards the canyon of Northern Clark, a built refuge with mountainside makes it possible to appreciate the sunset on the valley. Continuously you cross a mountainous solid mass sheltering mooses, you go down in a luxuriant canyon and impressing and you go along the buttresses of the Assemetquagan river where the salmons were swimming on a quartz bottom which reflects the light. The "camp with Pete" is there.

Avignon sector


Nature Aventure

Ecotourism activities / Hiking / Shuttle service / Transport luggage / Drop Food / Retail passport and topo maps of IAT-Qc

Geneviève Labonté  CP. 156, Matapédia, Qc, G0C 1V0
natureaventure@gmail.com / www.matapediaaventure.com

Matapedia Valley

From the river Assemetquagan to the River Matane 131,8 km

This route sometimes borrows old paths of forest wardens, old runways of Canadian elks, forest ways were abandoned as well as the secondary roads of six municipalities. The walker of short or of long hike will discover all the wealth and the diversity of a forest and agricultural valley. Country of rivers, the Valley is recognized for his salmons, its beautiful forests and its green fields. The walker who likes hearing the sound of the water and the wind and who adores observing the signs of the presence of the flora and fauna from Quebec will be capable of living an unforgettable experience.

In Vallée-de-la-Matapédia, the long-term walker can thus get fresh supplies in several municipalities situated along the path. Around the road 132, several points of access allow the walkers who wish to make some short hike join easily the path. The main crossed municipalities are saint-Marguerite, Causapscal, Saint-Alexandre-des-Lacs, Lac-au-Saumon, Amqui and Saint-Vianney. This route of village in village allows to discover the famous Fall to Philomène to Saint-Alexandre-des-Lacs, to observe the salmons in the falls of the river Causapscal and in the site of Swamps, to cross two magnificent bridges covered in the municipality of Amqui, to walk in the regional park of the Seigneury of the lake Matapédia and to be very closely next to saint - Marguerite's high wind turbines. The path thus combines the matapédienne culture and its rustic environment with the outdoor experience in wild environment. The walker benefits from a refuge in the Hollow brook to 15 km of saint-Marguerite as well as from 8 shelters in campings or municipal parks (with the exception of shelters 3 Sisters, maple grove and the Falls which are situated in forest). It is thus possible to make this section without the weight of a tent.

Matapedia sector


Auberge Ambassadeur
Accommodation / Food service
266, boul. St-Benoît Ouest, Amqui, Qc, G5J 2E8
418-629-6464 / 1-888-588-6464
info@auberge-ambassadeur.com / www.auberge-ambassadeur.com

Auberge La Coulée Douce
Accommodation / Food service
21, Boudreau, Causapscal, Qc, G0J 1J0
418-756-5270 / 1-888-756-5270
lacouleedouce@globetrotter.net / www.lacouleedouce.com

Camp Sable Chaud
Nature / Class Summer Camp 6-17 / rental room and building 
530, rang St-Philippe, Amqui, Qc, G5J 2P1
418-629-3747 / 1-877-629-3747
camp_sable_chaud@hotmail.com / www.campsablechaud.com

Camping d’Amqui
686,  Route 132,  C.P. 5025  Amqui, Qc, G5J 2H1
info@campingamqui.com / www.campingamqui.com

Camping municipal de Causapscal
601, Route 132 Ouest, Causapscal, Qc, G0J 1J0

Domaine du lac Matapédia
Accommodation / Private beach
780,  Route 132 Ouest, Amqui, Qc, G5J 2H1
info@domainedulac.com / www.domainedulac.com