Description of the trail for the Québec chapter (IAT-QC)
The International Appalachian Trail in Québec offer 650 kilometers of trails, beginning at Matapédia, climbs the picturesque Matapédia Valley, visits Amqui, traverses the Matane Wild Life Reserve. It then crosses the Gaspésie National Park, where it reaches the summits of Mount Albert and Mount Jacques-Cartier, from which it descends to the Saint Lawrence River at Mont-Saint-Pierre. There, it follows the shoreline, on capes and through villages to Forillon Canada National Park; it reaches Cap Gaspé, the Micmacs Land's End. With bucolic fields, steep cliffs overlooking the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, the Chic-Choc mountains and the MacGerrigle plateau, the International Appalachian Trail offers an infinity of hiking opportunities that can extend from a day hike to a forty day adventure, with difficulty levels ranging between very easy to very hard.
Some sections can be hiked starting mid-May, but the hiking season is between mi-June and the end of October. Many services such as transportation, accommodation, guide, food drops, information, topographic maps, books and hiking guides are offered along the trail through the IAT-QC Service Partner Network.
Except for the Gaspésie National Park and the Forillon Canada National Park, there are no access fees.