Reasons to Visit Hell’s Gate Canyon-Terfa
Hell’s Gate Canyon-Terfa (Canyon des Portes de l’Enfer-Terfa) is a breathtaking natural site 35 kilometres south of Rimouski. Visitors will love its wild, unspoiled landscape. Feeling brave? Try crossing the canyon’s suspended footbridge!
Hell’s Gate Canyon has plenty of activities for nature lovers.
Vieux Loup de Mer invites you to discover the wonders of Hell’s Gate Canyon. If you’re looking for an unforgettable trip, why not stay in one of our Rimouski cottage rentals?
Hell’s Gate Canyon takes its name from the past. At one time, the trees joined together to form a natural bridge that all but blocked access to the river.
Your starting point is the 20-metre high Grand Sault Falls. A canyon stretches for nearly 5 kilometres beyond the waterfall. The rock walls are very narrow in some places and can reach dizzying heights of 90 metres.
The canyon is known for its 63-metre-high suspended footbridge—the tallest in Quebec. Stand on the footbridge and take in the unbeatable 360° views.
Explore the site fully by following one of the canyon’s many trails, like Le sentier du Pin (Pine trail). Keep reading for even more fun things to do in Hell’s Gate Canyon!
What to do in Hell’s Gate Canyon-Terfa
Hell’s Gate Canyon-Terfa is a must-see in the Rimouski region. Adults and children alike will love the site’s hikes, viewpoints, mazes—even treasure hunts!
Hikes and viewpoints
There are 4 different trails you can take to explore Hell’s Gate Canyon.
The Sentier du Draveur and the Sentier du Pin take you through the entire site. For a magical atmosphere, explore the Sentier du Marais or the Sentier du Grand Sault.
Cross the suspension bridge
The suspension bridge in Hell’s Gate Canyon is our #1 must-see.You’ll get a thrill crossing this 63-metre-high, 99-metre-long footbridge.
The Gates of Oniria
Legend, magic and technology combine to make Les Portes (the Gates of Oniria) the perfect family-friendly activity.
Young and old will be amazed by the spectacular sound and light show.The 90-minute performance uses stunning light effects to take you through the site’s history.
Maze and treasure hunt
But wait, there’s more! For those who want to combine nature and fun, Hell’s Gate Canyon offers a maze and treasure hunt.
Get lost in the Labyrinthe des Secrets (Maze of Secrets)! The treasure hunt takes you on an adventure to find 12 objects hidden throughout the canyon.
Plan your visit
Hell’s Gate Canyon is open mid-May to mid-November (depending on the weather). Opening hours vary year-to-year, but are generally between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. This year’s end-of-season hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You can buy day passes or season passes. The site does not take reservations.
- Day Pass – Adult: $15
- Day Pass – Ages 5 to 17: $8
- Day Pass – Family (parents and children): $39.50
- Season Pass – Individual: $36.60
- Season Pass – Family: $67.25
Stay at the Vieux Loup de Mer
Hell’s Gate Canyon-Terfa is an absolute must-see during your visit to the Rimouski region. The site’s natural beauty and various activities will leave you with memories that last a lifetime!
To make your trip even more unforgettable, stay in one of our lovely chalet rentals. Le Vieux Loup de Mer is surrounded by beautiful and unique scenery—the perfect starting point for your Rimouski adventure. Our team can’t wait to share all of our insider tips and make you feel at home in Rimouski. Contact us today!