Jacques​ – Cartier National Park – Les Cascades

The nicest Sepaq park in terms of scenery (out of the 9 we have visited so far), located in the Laurentian Mountains, 50km north from Quebec City.  This post is about our 4km loop winter walk “Les Cascades”, a relatively simple walk for families (difference in altitude about 40m). The walk is beside a stream (mostly frozen in the winter) and inside a forest, reaching a viewpoint of the Sautauriski mountain. The first part of the walk is along the Jacques Cartier River, starting at the Sepaq discovery and visitor centre (at km 10).

Address: 103 Chemin du Parc-National, Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury, G3C 2T5, QC

Region: Capitale Nationale

Drive: about 45 minutes north from Quebec City, 3h10 north-east from Montreal

Opening time: all year round, check the website for exact hours (as it changes according to the season)

Entry fee: Sepaq fees (check website for more details)

Free parking

Boutique shop: gear rental and some snacks are available

Gear rental: the park is offering amazing gear to rent such as snowshoes (for adults and children), fat bikes, walking pole, baby-carrier sleds and baby-carrier.

Not suitable for a baby stroller

Sepaq – Parc National de la Jacques Cartier

Trails map

The park is arranged by several departure points, this trail is at departure point km 10 (The discovery and visitor centre). Once you reach the park, you will need to pay the entry fee at the booth, then continue driving until the centre (10km drive).

The centre is offering consultation and maps for different trails, information about the condition of the trails and gear rental. Leave the building and head left to start the trail.

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The centre is next to the river (mostly frozen in the winter), you will need to cross the bridge towards the mountain range on the left.

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Clear indications will show you how to proceed when the trail departs from other trails around.

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First small viewpoint is nearby the river, cutting from the forest towards the frozen water:

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The trail will then branch out, head left to walk along the frozen stream:

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Once you pass this bridge, the trail will go uphill for some time, reaching the nice viewpoint:

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Most of the walk is then going downhill back towards the visitor centre:

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As this trail is a loop, you will reach the main path you took in the beginning, now heading back to the visitor centre.

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Relaxing at the visitor centre after the walk, there is a nice kids corner with reading and colouring books.

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If you are looking for more family activities in this park, it is worth checking the kicksled rental and the sledding hill with tubes.

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