What are the most beautiful hikes to do in the Parc national du Bic?
Despite its smaller Sépaq network, Parc national du Bic is one of the most beautiful national parks in Quebec. Thanks to its 25 km of developed trails, you can admire the magnificent coastal landscapes that give the region its charm.
Vieux Loup de Mer shares with you the best hikes to do in the Parc national du Bic so you can fully enjoy the magic of the region’s flora and fauna.
Accessible hikes for the whole family
Among the many activities to do in the Parc national du Bic, hiking is one of the most accessible to everyone. You will find suitable trails that are easy and short for children and families.
Only 1.3 kilometers long and estimated to take 30 minutes to complete, this is one of the most family-friendly hikes you can make. You will have the chance to walk the sand spit at low tide to fully appreciate the secrets of the Île-aux-Amours.
This is the most suitable hike for families. With a duration of 1 hour and 15 minutes and a distance of 4 kilometers, the Chemin-du-Nord will take you in search of clues of human activity near the shoreline.
As its name suggests, the La Pinède hike will take you through the century-old jack pines of the Parc du Bic. You will have the chance to admire sublime views from two lookouts. This hike is 5.8 kilometers long and lasts about 2 hours.
For the more experienced adventurer, here is our selection of intermediate level hikes. These are longer and sometimes steeper than the family hikes.
The Les Anses hike is 3.4 kilometers long and will take you about 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete. This trail follows the coastline and will take you along the tombolo linking Cap Caribou to Cap Enragé.
This 7-kilometer, 2.5-hour hike will take you on a discovery of the famous Baie des Ha! Ha!. Along the way, several lookouts will provide you with magnificent observation points.
The La Citadel trail offers an unprecedented view of the Pointe aux Épinettes marsh. It will take you 3 hours and 9.4 kilometers to complete this hike.
If you want to step into the shoes of Prohibition-era bootleggers, this 5.3-kilometer, 1.45-hour hike is perfect. In the past, this trail was used by some outlaws to recover shipments of alcohol. A slice of Bic’s history that begs to be discovered!
Following a very atypical forest landscape, the Murailles trail will offer you some panoramas hidden in the dense vegetation of the area. A 6 km long discovery for an estimated duration of 2 hours.
The most challenging hikes
Finally, for the most daring hikers, check out the most difficult trails in Parc du Bic. These long hikes can be very steep and require equipment and a good amount of courage!
Le Grand Tour
This is without a doubt the most challenging hike in the Parc national du Bic. The steep trails of the circuit will take you through all kinds of landscapes. From forests to beaches to cliffs, the Grand Tour lives up to its name. It will take you 3 hours of walking to complete the 8.7 kilometers of the course.
Please note that the departure must be made from the defined point 2 hours before the lowest tide. Be sure to get all the information you need before setting out on your adventure.
Le Pic Champlain
This is probably the most famous hike in the Parc du Bic. It takes 6 kilometers and 2 hours to reach the summit of Pic Champlain. The climb offers breathtaking views of the entire Parc du Bic. You might even have the chance to see the numerous animals of the Parc du Bic in the surroundings!
Le Tour Cap-à-l ’Orignal
The Cap-à-l’Orignal trail is 5.5 kilometers long and takes 2 hours to complete. Beware, the circuit crossing the estuary and the imposing cliff is uneven.
As with the Grand Tour, you will have to leave the starting point 2.5 hours before the lowest tide.
Recharge your batteries at Vieux Loup de Mer before your hikes in the Parc national du Bic
The numerous hikes in the Parc du Bic offer a wide variety of panoramas and sublime places to discover. Whether you are a family or a solo hiker, going on a hike requires you to be well prepared and in good shape.
If you need to rest before your hiking trips, consider a stopover at Vieux Loup de Mer. Our cottage rentals located in Le Bic are the perfect place to rest and get ready to go hiking.
Contact us today! Our friendly staff is looking forward to welcoming you. We will gladly give you our secret tips for your hikes. After all, discovering the Parc national du Bic with the guidance of an expert in the region is even better!