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I am looking for possible multi-days hikes in Quebec (Canada) (and beyond but that would be too broad). I keep discovering new places to stay overnight, as there does not seem to be a central list of shelters of the whole province.

By shelter I mean a place shared by multiple people (bookable as a single hiker) and that is specifically made for hikers (or back-country skiers). I.e. hostels, inns and hotels do not qualify.

I would like to know if some website gathers information about all community shelters of Quebec.

In particular, I am thinking of maybe going along the TransCanada trail (but it is not complete so I am not sure there are actually shelters along the way).

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Do you have a itinerary of places you want to go? –  Amine Jun 24 at 11:49
    
@Amine I updated the post. But I am not only searching along the TransCanada trail –  Vince Jun 24 at 12:00
    
See also The Great Outdoors. –  gerrit Jun 24 at 14:37
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Have a look at this site: Sepaq –  rold2007 Jun 24 at 21:56

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The Fédération québécoise de la marche, a non-profit that promotes hiking in Quebec, lists shelters on its site and Facebook page (http://www.fqmarche.qc.ca/ and https://www.facebook.com/pages/F%C3%A9d%C3%A9ration-qu%C3%A9b%C3%A9coise-de-la-marche/138582999548977).

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Thanks, but they list only 2 shelters. –  Vince yesterday

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]

Sepaq

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).

Intercentre

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:

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:

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.

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