I could not find a centralised list of all community shelters in Quebec. However, I could list some organisations that manage shelters and list some of those along a small portion of the Trans-Canada trail (Sentier National in Quebec), from Mont-Tremblant to the reserve Mastigouche. I list them in the order West-East.
For each shelter, I try to list the following:
| [name] | [capacity] | [price per night per person] | [location(optional)] | [access from previous shelter] | [opening period] |
The Sepaq manages many provincial parks (called national parks) and the Trans-Canada trail crosses them in multiple places. The Sepaq operates shelters all over Quebec in its parks of Fjord-du-Saguenay, Gaspésie, Grands-Jardins, Mont-Mégantic, Mont-Orford, Mont-Tremblant, Monts-Valin and Yamaska.
in Mont-Tremblant national park
- | Lac-Ernie | 18 people | ~25$ | access from Lac Monroe Park center : ~13km | open May-March |
- | Lac-des-Sables | 18 people | ~25$ | access from Lac-Ernie : 9.5km | open May-March |
- | Le Lariou | 2 people | ~25$ | access from Lac-des-Sables : ~10km | open May-March |
- | Le Geai-Bleu | 4 people | ~25$ | access from Le Lariou : ~5km, from La Pimbinia Park - entrance : few km | open May-March |
This is an alternative way to link Mont-Tremblant and St-Donnat, the Trans-Canada trail follows the Intercentre trail (see below).
The "Intercentre" trail links Lac-Laurier and St-Donat, and is a part of the trans-Canada trail.
From the chemin Regimbald, it is possible to reach highway 329 and from there follow the chemin Wall to continue on the Mont-Ouareau trail.
FQMarche (Quebec Federation of Hiking)
The FQMarche manages two shelters, both along the Trans-Canada trail, one in the area of Mont-Ouareau:
| Paul Perreault | 12 people | 10-15$ | near Lac Lemieux | hwy 329 : 4-6km, hwy 125 : 8.5km | open year-round |
The Trans-Canada trail is discontinued along the highway 125, it starts farther on the Massif trail in the regional park of the Ouareau forest.
Parc Régional de la Forêt Ouareau
I could not find a mention of when the shelters are open, but it seems they are operated in summer and winter. They all appear on the map of the Massif trail
- | Pelletier | 8 people | 30,25$ | near Lac à Pelletier - ~3km from hwy 125, near Notre-Dame de la Merci |
- | Prud'homme | 8 people | 30,25$ | 2.5km from Pelletier shelter |
- | La Loutre | 2 people | 30,25$ | 2km from trans-Canada trail |
- | Corbeau | 6 people | 30,25$ | 2km from trans-Canada trail |
- | Toussaint | 8 people | 30,25$ | 16.5km from Prud'homme shelter |
- | des Capucines | 6 people | 30,25$ | 4km from Toussaint shelter |
Then the trail continues without any shelter (but some lean-to) on the Contreforts and the Swaggin trails.
Parcs Régionaux Matawinie - Sentier National
I could not find a mention of when the shelters are open, but it seems they are operated in summer and winter.
The trans-Canada trail continues on several successive trails (Ours, Matawinie, Nymphes, Mistikush) without any appareent shelter on the way (see the Cartes tab of Matawinie page for the trans-Canada trail for maps of these trails).
FQMarche (Quebec Federation of Hiking)
A second shelter managed by the FQMarche is at the end of Mistikush trail:
| Grand-Masti | 6 people | 10-15$ | near Morin Creek, parking in ZEC des Nymphes : ~14km through Nymphes and Mistikush trails, ~15km along Cheriore trail to a parking near Petit William cabin (not bookable for only one person) | open in summer (May 17 to Sep 1st) |
Then the Trans-Canada trail arrives in the reserve Mastigouche, with no shelter open to single-person reservation.
This list of shelters along the Trans-Canada trail in Quebec is definitely incomplete as the trail is particularly long (1100km) but I hope to enrich it with time.
SIA-IAT (International Appalachian Trail)
The International Appalachian Trail group manages a set of shelters, not along the trans-Canada trail but still worth noting. They publish a list of their shelters. I do not list them as they are not along the Trans-Canada trail but along the Quebec section of the International Appalachian Trail.