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    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?

    Stunning surroundings

    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.

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    Take the 300-step Descente aux Enfers (Descent into Hell) down to the Rimouski river.

    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

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    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.[1] 

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    Explore the site’s trails and admire the Descente aux Enfers staircase, Grand Sault Falls and the suspended footbridge.

    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.

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    Admire the views of the Rimouski River and the canyon’s steep slopes

    The Gates of Oniria

    Legend, magic and technology combine to make Les Portes d’Oniria(the Gates of Oniria) the perfect family-friendly activity.

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    Tap into your imagination and prepare to enter an enchanted world on your quest to the Gates of Oniria! (Photo credit: Terfa)

    Nighttime activities

    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.

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    The Grand Sault Falls decked out in their finest colours! (Photo credit: Terfa)

    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.

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    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.

    Tip: During your visit to Rimouski, don’t forget to check out the Lamontagne house and the Point-au-Père historic site! 😉

    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!

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