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.



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General Map and IAT-QC Brochure



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You will find inside this brochure general information about the trail as well as a map of the IAT-QC.

The historic



June 16 and 17, 1995, was the International Committee's first meeting in Quebec, which was held at Gîte du Mont-Albert, located in Gaspesie Park.

June 1995, the "Grande Traversée" trail in Gaspesie Park which has a length of 100 km and goes from Mount Jacques-Cartier to Mount Logan, was the first stretch to belong to the International Appalachian Trail.

October 19, 1996, Robert Rioux, Cap-Chat Regional Committee's President officially opened the first fully developed 18-km stretch, between Mount Logan and Cap-Chat River.

Spring 1997, the first newsletter called L'Oréade was published. It is a co-production of Quebec, New-Brunswick and Maine. Mrs. Jocelyn De Champlain from Matane, Quebec thought of the name. Oreads are any of the nymphs of mountains and hills in Greek mythology.

In 1997, John Brinda was the first American to hike the distance between Key West in Florida and Cap-Gaspe in Forillon National Park.

November 11, 1997, David Leblanc, Matapedia Regional Committee's President officially opened a 15-km stretch.

Fall 1997, The Valley Regional Committee's President, André Fournier, announces that the 112-km-long trail in his region is now completed. To achieve this, about 100 right-of-ways were signed with landowners. Furthermore, a few dozen volunteers committed themselves to maintain this portion of the Trail. Good job!

1997, opening of a 25-km stretch in Forillon National Park and a 17-km stretch in Cap-Chat region.



September 1998, with the help of a subsidy from Emploi-Quebec, IAT - Quebec hires Eric Chouinard, Project Manager, as its first employee.

1998, 60 year-old M.J. Eberhart, becomes the second American to hike the entire distance of 6 600 km between Key West in Florida and Cap-Gaspe, in Forillon National Park.

October 24, 1998, official opening of a 25-km stretch by Jean-Claude Bouchard, Matane Regional Committee's President, between Beaulieu and Matane Lakes.

1998, official opening of a 30-km stretch by Ronald Coulombe, Haute-Gaspesie Regional Committee's President and Patrick Golliot, between Gaspesie Park and Mont St-Pierre.

1998, official opening of the last 17-km stretch in Matapedia as well as a 19-km stretch in Forillon National Park.

May 5, 1999, on the International Trail Day and the International Environment Day, Ronald Bujold, Director, Jacques Fournier Project Director and Parc Canada's Managers officially opened the 45-km Trail in Forillon National Park, as being part of the International Appalachian Trail. Some of Quebec, New-Brunswick and Maine's Representatives were present.

June 6, 1999, 66 year-old Glenn Fighrda and 27 year-old Scott Galleway start their hike going south from Cap-Gaspe, in Forillon National Park, to Key West Florida, a distance of 6 600 km.

October 17, 1999, official opening of a 18-km stretch in Matane Wildlife Reserve.

Fall 1999, a Haute-Gaspesie 35-km stretch is finished as well as a 3-km stretch in Gaspesie Park.

Fall 1999, Jean Roy, Côte-de-Gaspé Regional Committee's President, announces that a 70-km stretch is now completed in his region.



January 2000, IAT - Quebec starts to negotiate to sign an agreement with the SEPAQ in order to implement infrastructures including shelters in Matane Wildlife Reserve.

January 2000, IAT - Quebec hires Jean-Claude Bouchard's, architect, to prepare plans and estimation to build infrastructures in the Lower-St-Lawrence and Gaspesie region.

March 2000, under the responsibility of Frank Wihbey from Maine, Suzanne Bailey from New-Brunswick and Jocelyne De Champlain from Quebec write a French-English glossary, specifically for hiking.

March 2000, the Town of Cloridorme in Gaspesie starts to build three shelters.

March 2000, IAT - Quebec hires a coordinator, Johanne Blais, as well as 11 other employees, and rents a carpenter shop to build prefabricated shelters, information stopping places, trail signs as well as other infrastructures for the Trail in the Lower-St-Lawrence area.

March 2000, Jean Roy, Haute-Gaspesie Regional Committee's President asked for financial help totaling
$1 280 900 to the CRCD Gaspesie-Iles-de-la-Madeleine, to finalize the Trail's development and to build 8 shelters, 4 information stopping places, 11 wilderness campgrounds, trail signs as well as other infrastructures for the trail which covers a distance of 278 km in Gaspesie sector.



The International Appalachian Trail symbolizes the will to collaborate in the protection and the valorization of the environment as to the development of the imposing landscapes which join together them.



Ever since April 1994, an International Committee (SIA - IAT), Provincial Committees (Maine, New-Brunswick and Quebec), as well as Regional Committees were implemented to develop this new trail.

In 1995 an International Organization was established. It is called the Sentier International des Appalaches-International Appalachian Trail (SIA - IAT) and has six official representatives for each jurisdiction. The Quebec delegation, called Parc Ami Chic-Chocs, included Pete Dubé from Matapédia, Pierre Dion from the Ministry of environment, André Fournier from Causapscal, Jean-Pierre Gagnon and Andrew Wake from Ste-Anne-des-Monts, as well as Gilbert Rioux from Matane.

The International Committee is presided by Dick Anderson from Maine, and Andrew Wake from Québec is the Vice-president. Michel Albert from New-Brunswick was the first secretary-treasurer. This Committee is supported by other administrators from Quebec, New-Brunswick and Maine.

IAT - Quebec regional Committees and Board of Directors

August 15, 1995, Viateur De Champlain implemented the Quebec Committee to plan the Trail development in Matane Wildlife Reserve.

Regional Committees, Cap-Chat, The Valley and Matapedia were organized in 1996. Then, other Committees, as including Haute-Gaspesie and Côte-de-Gaspé, were added.

Main Office of IAT-QC


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International Appalachians Trail

968 du Phare Ouest c.p. 132

Matane G4W 3N1 (Québec) Canada


Phone : 418-560-4642