Parc des Appalaches is a huge park located in the Chaudiere-Appalaches region of Quebec. We decided to spend the weekend there because dogs are allowed (almost) everywhere in the park! They mention being dog-friendly many times on their website. What you need to know is that the park is big. So big that it covers many towns and is divided in six different parts. Plus, access to the hiking trails is totally free.
There are many places to sleep in and near the park, from camping to cottage, there is something for everyone. We chose to camp at Camping du Randonneur. It is a small campground that offers rustic camp sites (no water or electricity). There are a few outhouses and a (small) sanitary building. The sites are not too close to each other and we really appreciated that. However, the campground is located right by a pretty busy road so we heard cars go by. Otherwise, it is a great campground and the employees were super friendly.
We arrived there on Friday afternoon and we decided to set up or tent and just relax. No hiking on the first day! We walked Enzo around the campground and he got to smell all he wanted. We also had some blueberry bushes near or site so we had a little blueberry tasting!
On Saturday morning, we drove to Sainte-Lucie-de-Beauregard to hike Mt Sugar Loaf. We left the car at a small parking lot at »la Langue de Chate ». »La Langue de Chatte » is actually a small beach! We started the hike by walking on a little bridge that went over the water. There are many different bridges on the trails! To get to the summit, we followed the indications for the trail #11. The trails are really well indicated and it would be pretty hard to get lost. During the hike, there are also many places where people can stop to admire the view. Once we got to the top, the 360° view was amazing! We could see so far away! We didn’t stay very long because it was very hot and there isn’t a lot of shade at the top. Once we got back down, Enzo jumped into the river to cool down even if he’s usually not a fan of water. The hike takes around 2.5 hrs to complete and is a level intermediate.
On Sunday we decided to go see some waterfalls! So we headed to trail #3 called Chutes du Ruisseau des Cèdres. That hike is probably my favourite one that we did. The trail is suitable for beginner hikers. The waterfall is amazing and we got to relax at the bottom of it. It is the perfect place to eat lunch while the dog cools down in the water. Right after, we decided to go see the Cascade Noire and Chute de Devost. We drove to the end of the road to a small parking lot. We then took the trail #6 to the cascade. We ate there and then we go back to the parking lot. It’s a very short hike. It took us around 15 minutes to get to the cascade. From the parking lot, we took the trail #5 to Chute de Devost. It’s also a very short hike but this one is pretty steep in some places. Once we got to the waterfall, we turned around but it is possible to keep going and make it a longer hike. We decided to go back to the campground because we were already tired from the previous hikes.
The park offers many other activities. We only hiked but it’s possible to rent a canoe or a kayak, rent a dog sled, etc.
We can honestly say that it was a perfect weekend!
- Tourist region: Chaudiere-Appalaches
- Level: Beginner to advanced
- Dogs on leash are allowed
- About 4hrs from Montreal
105, rue Principale
Sainte-Lucie-de-Beauregard, G0R 3L0
Camping du Randonneur
73, route 283
Saint-Fabien-de-Panet, G0R 2J0
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Audrée and Enzo xx