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To add a neOrléans Express connects the province with services throughout Quebec (Gaspé, Matapédia, villages in the Matapedia Valley, villages on the north coast of the Gaspé peninsula and near the north end of the trail). For more information, call Orléans Express at 514 842-2281 or visit the website at At Matapedia, call 865-2952.w question go to app settings and press "Manage Questions" button.

Start of the hiking season?

The hiking season of SIA-Qc extends from June 24 to Thanksgiving. From the beginning of May to June 24, the trail is still closed, but it is possible under certain conditions to hike. Please check with SIA-QC. We are in the boreal forest therefore, there is always snow in certain areas and there are always a multitude of trees fallen on the trails that hinder hiking at this time of the year. For reasons of safety and protection of the natural environment, hikers are not allowed to circulate before the opening. After Thanksgiving, the trail is considered closed due to various factors such as: moose hunting in the Matane wildlife reserve, caribou rutting in the Parc de la Gaspésie, closing of the national parks and climatic conditions which vary a lot (start of snowfall in the highest peaks); therefore for these reasons we can no longer practice long hiking. But under certain conditions, it is possible to circulate in certain sectors of the SIA-QC. For more information, please contact the SIA-QC office at (418) 560-4642 or Our offices are usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the hiking season and once a week out of season.

We hesitate between three sectors of the trail?

-Haute-Gaspésie: you are in the mountains during the day and in the evening in the villages. Not many campsites or shelters since the villages offer lodging and camping services. When the path goes too far from civilization, we have built facilities. The advantage is that in this section you will have a view of the sea while in the mountains and a cultural experience when you are in the villages. Medium difficulty for fit people. Parc de la Gaspésie: Well organized park, far from civilization with sumptuous decor. Difficulty level: difficult. Rustic shelters at $ 31 per night per person. Camping with hot water at $ 29 per tent approximately. It is forbidden to camp at refuge sites or elsewhere than at the park's campsites. Reservations required. Matane Wildlife Reserve: Far from civilization and fabulous settings. The trails were recently built. Difficulty level: very very difficult. No refuge, but 4-wall shelters with 4 wooden beds without mattresses $ 20 per person and camping platforms at $ 15 per platform. Campsites near reliable water points. Adequate signs and markings.


VIA Rail Canada s'arrête régulièrement à la gare de Matapédia. VIA Rail Canada vous offre des services à Montréal, Québec, Gaspé, Saint-John et Halifax. Pour plus de renseignements, appelez VIA Rail Canada au 1-888-VIA-RAIL (1-888-842-7245) ou visitez le site Internet à Des correspondances avec Amtrak sont offertes entre Montréal et New York. Composez le 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) ou visitez le site Internet à pour plus de renseignements.

Cellphone network?

Avignon and Matapedia: The cellular network is good most of the time between Matapedia and the Raven, after that nothing works until it is close to Causapscal. Perhaps a few places between the Ruisseau Creux refuge and St-Marguerite. Not famous in St-Marguerite. Not so bad till Amqui. Reserve Faunique de Matane and Parc de la Gaspésie: On some peaks only take advantage. Haute Gaspésie and Côte-de Gaspé: Intermediate, increasing near villages Forrillon Park: Intermittent, increases near the reception and near Rivière-au-Renard



During the moose hunting season, to travel on Route 1 and / or for hiking on the International Appalachian Trail - Quebec (SIA-QC), you must: - Obtain a right of access (daily in the case of short hikes), from the office of the Sentier International des Appalaches - Québec, located on the second floor of the Matane tourist office (Phare de Matane) at 968 du West lighthouse, Matane. You can contact us during office hours between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday at 418-560-4642 or by email at Please plan to get your driving rights on weekdays. - People must comply with the dates, times and places mentioned in the right of access; in addition they must put their right of access on the dashboard of their vehicle so that it is readable from the outside and carry it on them and in this case, exhibit it at the request of an agent wildlife protection, a wildlife protection assistant or a territory guardian. - Wear an orange bib. - Only circulate and hike between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. - Drive only in the following sectors (registered with the right of access): sector # 1 (Mont Charles Édouard-Vézina, round trip only, from the Pins parking lot, route 1), sector # 2 (Vallée du Ruisseau des Pitounes, round trip only, facing the path leading to the chalet Rivière Matane 2, route 1) sector # 3 (Rivière Duvivier, Lac Tombereau, Chutes du Ruisseau de l'Ouest and Mont de l'Ouest, round trip only, with departure near the chalet Rivière Matane 4, route 1). Sector # 4 (Lac Matane) is only accessible for long hikes, from Poste John to Lac Matane or from Lac Matane to Rivière Cap-Chat (Nicol-Albert / Petit Sault). NOTE: For access to the Cap-Chat river sector (Mont Nicol-Albert and Chute Hélène) it is not necessary to obtain a daily access right when you are traveling from the Cap-Chat road . It is allowed to drive by car on route 1 in the upstream part of the Cap-Chat river, from the limit of the Cap-Chat ZEC, near the Pineault river, to the intersection of routes 1 and 19.

The domestic animals?

In the Parc de la Gaspésie, dogs are prohibited. In Forillon National Park, in the Matane Wildlife Reserve and in all other sections of the SIA, dogs on a leash are allowed.

Biting insects?

Biting insects, such as mosquitoes, black flies and firewood, are also part of the fauna. They are very present in certain parts of the trail, especially on the edge of peat bogs and in areas where conifers are dense. Provide a good insect repellent.

What to do when meeting a bear?

Did you know that…
In 1999, a typical year, 5 million people in Quebec participated in nature-related activities and spent 395 million days, or 79 days per person? In Quebec, six deaths from the black bear have been reported in the past 30 years.
Also, did you know that in the past 100 years, each human death from a black bear in North America has approximately 17 deaths from spiders, 25 from snakes, 65 from dogs, 180 to bees and 350 in lightning? (Source: Fauna and flora of the country)
General information and some tips
In the forests of Quebec, Maine and New Brunswick, black bears are found. Reputed to be discreet and fearful, the fact remains that it is an imposing beast which can constitute a threat. He is not looking for confrontation and he is mostly obsessed with food. Be careful and hang your supplies, pots and pans, and even toothpaste and soap on food racks, when available. They are found in all of the SIA's shelters and campsites, except those located in the Matapedia Valley and in the Gaspésie National Park (use the dry toilet cabin as a depot).
Signal your presence by carrying objects that produce rattling, bear bells, talk, sing. You can also take a whistle attached to the outside of the backpack, a fog horn or even Cayenne pepper.
What to do during a meeting with the black bear? If you encounter one, stay calm and take the time to analyze the situation.
If he hasn't seen you, admire him from afar and walk away silently.
If he saw you, stop walking. Talk to him very softly. Wave your arms. Do not shout or make sudden movements. Keep eye contact and leave it a flight corridor. Walk away without turning your back on him and speaking softly so that he knows that you are a human being and not a prey.
If he approaches you, avoid looking him in the eyes, try to find tools of persuasion or defense (stick, oar, knife, rock), distract him by dropping objects, assert yourself ( speak loudly). Do not run, which would cause his predatory instincts. As a last resort, throw your provisions away. In the event of an attack, defend yourself with cayenne pepper or whatever comes in hand, use natural obstacles (rocks, trees) as a shield. Don't forget to shout, which could alert other people to the trail. Climbing a tree can be a solution; adult bears do not spontaneously climb on it. It is better to face the black bear than to play dead. Frank Wihbey from Maine tells us: "In my hundreds of miles of hiking in the woods, I have never met them, not once!"
Updated June 4, 2009. Sources
Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife
Fauna and flora of the country For more information
Brochure from the Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife (pdf)



Pour toute urgence, signalez le 9-1-1 et référer vous au livret qui présente le protocole des mesures d’urgences du SIA-QC. Dans plusieurs sections du SIA, le téléphone cellulaire peut ne pas fonctionner. Cependant, la réception risque d'être meilleure au sommet des montagnes. Si c'est possible, essayez de vous rendre vers un chemin forestier. Des villégiateurs ou des camionneurs pourraient vous aider. Identifiez l’endroit grâce à un relevé GPS. où vous vous trouvez d’après les balises numérotées rouges et blanches cela aidera les secours à s’orienter.


This form of transportation is often used by hikers, but it has certain dangers. Take all possible precautions when doing it. The SIA-QC and various SIA partners offer a shuttle service.

Climatic conditions?

Climatic and weather conditions can reach extremes. Heat, cold, sun, rain, wind etc. So wear clothes accordingly.
Do not forget that, when you are in mountainous terrain, at night the temperature hovers around 0 ° C, even in summer.

Can we hike alone?

It is recommended, when hiking, to form a group of three people. In the event of an accident, one person can stay with the victim while the other can go for help by going to the nearest road. The group should also include one person who has taken first aid courses. It is also highly recommended to bring a cellular device.

The essentials

Food depots?

It is possible to make non-perishable food deposits along the trail according to two different options. 1) Post office and partners
You can send dry food packages in advance to certain post offices that meet the SIA (list below) and to some of our partners. Please be sure to follow the form below. Your name
Full address of post office or partner HIKER SIA / ** HOLD FOR TRAIL HICKER
Date you plan to collect the package)
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK HERE 2) Matane Wildlife Reserve and Gaspésie National Park - Matane Wildlife Reserve
To cross the Matane wildlife reserve, two food drop boxes were set up at the entrances to the Lac Matane campsite and the Petit-Sault campsite. These two boxes are hidden and you must have a passport or reservation to receive information on their location.
It is possible to deposit non-perishable food yourself in these two places, and a delivery service is possible through the SIA-QC for a cost between 45 and 55 dollars, if the box is sent two weeks to advance. Gaspésie National Park
In addition to the Discovery and Visitors Center where it is possible to send food delivery by mail, it is also possible, through Sépaq, to ​​have food delivered at two locations in the Park . These are the Pluvier hut at Lac Cascapédia and the Huard hut at Lac Thibeault. You must contact the Discovery and Service Center (SÉPAQ) to make a reservation and make a payment for the delivery of food. Here is the number (Information, Reservation, Cost): 1 (418) 763-7494 ext. 3326. Food depot - Information


Campsites and shelters have been set up near water points, with the exception of one location in the Matapedia section: Les Trois Soeurs campsite & shelter. The streams are 1 to 2.5 km from these places, so plan ahead. We recommend boiling, filtering or using iodine tablets. There are well-oxygenated streams, but you never know if a moose or a humanoid is above to defile the stream! Above all, never take standing water. Some take chances in the clear streams with tumultuous waterfalls and are not sick. Probably they are lucky.


Cooking fires are permitted in areas designated for this purpose only. We recommend small camper stoves with liquid fuel. Be very careful during drought.


Distances between installations?

Look for the distance tables in the planner.

Should I book my refuge or my campsite?

yes, you have to book shelters or campsites for SIA-QC and parks. Reservations on by clicking HERE. There are campsites with showers and hot water in Quebec parks and reserves. The trail goes through these campsites. If you go for a long hike, you come across camping sites that are more isolated from organized campsites. We put our facilities 10 to 13 kilometers away on the trail. Campsites in black are private campsites. When the path passes near a village, where there are services (campsites, lodges, etc.), we have not built facilities.

Access rights required in parks and reserves?

There is no daily charge for the Matane wildlife reserve. However, the parks require it. It costs $ 8.75 a day for adults, or $ 43 a year. Consult the respective publications of these parks for more details. There's CHARGES for commercial use

Can we camp elsewhere than on campsites?

It is forbidden to camp next to a refuge in the Parc national de la Gaspésie. For the other places along the SIA, we have built sites in order to preserve the surrounding ecology. In addition, it is important that all your nights are paid, as you thus contribute to the maintenance of the Trail and its infrastructure.