40 MUST-DO DOG-FRIENDLY HIKING TRAILS ACROSS QUEBEC

If you’re a dog mom (or dad) like me and you’re looking for some adventures to do with your pup you’ve come to the right place! In this article, you’ll discover the most incredible dog-friendly hiking trails across our province! Here are 40 MUST-DO DOG-FRIENDLY HIKING TRAILS ACROSS QUEBEC!

If you’re not already aware, Sépaq allows dogs in all of their National Parks except for the Île-Bonaventure park as well as the Anticosti park. With that being said, not every trail is dog-friendly. Here are the dog-friendly trails offered in each Sépaq park: https://www.sepaq.com/animaux/

In addition, please make sure to follow the hiking trail etiquette. I created this article with a section specifically for dogs! You’ll find it here. As mentioned in this article, it’s important to keep your dog on a leash at all times and to pick up all excrements. Above all, please leave no trace.

Disclaimer: Please be respectful of nature and always follow the Leave No Trace Principles (you’ll find these principles here) when heading out into the wilderness. 

FOR ALL INFORMATION INCLUDING OPENING HOURS, TRAIL MAPS, DIRECTIONS, COSTS, RULES AS WELL AS REGULATIONS PLEASE VISIT THE PARK’S WEBSITES THAT I’VE INCLUDED BELOW.


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40. PARC NATIONAL DE LA JACQUES-CARTIER

First and foremost, we have the Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier! This park currently offers (summer 2021) dog-friendly trails in the La Vallée sector only, east of the Jacques-Cartier River and up to the Sautauriski bridge.

For more information on the dog-friendly trails in this sector please visit the website below and click on the link that indicates “Jacques-Cartier.” https://www.sepaq.com/animaux/


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39. PARC NATUREL RÉGIONAL DE PORTNEUF

The Parc Régional de Portneuf is a must-visit park that offers dog-friendly hiking trails. It’s located in the Capitale-Nationale region between Trois-Rivières and Québec City. In addition, this park has a pet-friendly campground.

Please purchase your passes here: https://parcportneuf.com


38. MONT À LIGUORI

This beautiful mountain is located near Petite-Rivière-Saint-François in Charlevoix! This hiking trail is called Sentier des caps.

Website: https://sentierdescaps.com


37. PARC RÉGIONAL DES GRANDES COULÉES

Dogs are permitted in the Forêt Ancienne sector of the Parc des Grandes-Coulées. This sector offers 10km of hiking trails in the forest. In addition, this park offers trout fishing.

Website: https://www.parcdesgrandescoulees.com


36. MONT DES MORIOS

The Mont des Morios is located in Charlevoix! This mountain offers a range of intermediate and difficult hiking trails. In short, this one is for you if you’re looking for a backpacking adventure.

Website: https://www.association-pieddesmonts.com


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35. PARC RÉGIONAL MONTAGNE DU DIABLE

The Parc Régional Montagne du Diable is located in the Laurentides region. Dogs are permitted on all hiking trails in this park! In addition, the Parc Régional Montagne du Diable offers a range of activities as well as accomodations. You can even bring your dog for a swim!

Website: https://www.parcmontagnedudiable.com


34. MONTAGNE BLANCHE, VAL-DES-LACS

The Montagne Blanche is a beautiful 13.4km loop trail located in Val-des-lacs. This is a dog-friendly trail that is intermediate and takes about 3h30 to complete.

This mountain is located in the Laurentides region near Mont-Tremblant and Saint-Donat.

Website: https://intercentre.qc.ca/reseau-des-sentiers/


33. MONT HAM

Mont Ham has recently (2021) started allowing dogs in their park! In other words, you are permitted to bring your dog on the trails as well as in their accommodations. For additional information please visit the website below.

Website: https://montham.ca/avec-mon-chien/


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32. PARC NATIONAL DES ÎLES-DE-BOUCHERVILLE

The Parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville offers 5 small islands located in the center of the Saint-Lawrence river. This Sépaq park is located in Montérégie right near Montréal!

For more information on the dog-friendly trails in this park please visit the website below and click on the link that indicates “Îles-de-Boucherville.” https://www.sepaq.com/animaux/


31. MONT BRASSARD

The Mont Brassard is a dog-friendly intermediate hike of 8.5km (around 4.5 hours). It’s located in the Parc Régional des Sept-Chutes in the Lanaudière region.

Website: https://www.parcsregionaux.org/parcs-regionaux/parcs/parc-regional-des-sept-chutes/


30. LAC SPRUCE

The Lac Spruce trail is located in the Eastern Townships! You’ll find this dog-friendly hiking trail in the Parc d’environnement Naturel de Sutton.

Moreover, please visit this link for park rules: https://www.parcsutton.com/les-sentiers/reglements

For passes/reservations and additional information please visit this website: https://www.parcsutton.com


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29. VAL SAINT-CÔME

The Station Touristique Val Saint-Côme is a ski resort that is open year-round! Climb to the top with your dog to admire the views of the Lanudière region.

Website: https://www.valsaintcome.com/en/mountain/trail-map


28. MONTAGNE VERTE

The Montage Verte is a popular hiking trail located in the Laurentides region. This dog-friendly trail is open year-round. Furthermore, keep in mind that this trail has a difficulty level of intermediate to difficult.

Most importantly, please note that you’re only permitted to park in certain places. It’s important to be respectful of the people who reside in the area and to park only where you’re permitted. Refusing to follow these rules will leave you with a parking ticket.


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27. MONT SUGAR LOAF

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Mont Sugar Loaf is located in the Parc des Appalaches! During the summer season, you must park at the parking lot Langue de la Chatte.

Map: https://www.parcappalaches.com/fichiersUpload/fichiers/20181003134908-sugarloaf.pdf


26. PARC RÉGIONAL DES CHUTES DU CALVAIRE

The Parc Régional des Chutes du Calvaire is located in the Lanaudière region! This park overlooks beautiful waterfalls with easy to intermediate hiking trails.

Website: https://www.sentiersmandeville.org/Parc-regional-chutes-du-calvaire-lanaudiere.php


25. PARC RECRÉOFORESTIER DE ST-MATHIEU DU PARC

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The Parc Récréoforestier Saint-Mathieu is an incredible park right near Trois-Rivières! This park offers beautiful dog-friendly hiking trails as well as a range of summer outdoor activities.

You’ll find additional information as well as their park map on the website below.

Website: https://saint-mathieu-du-parc.ca/fr/repertoire/2429/parc-recreoforestier


24. PARC DE LA RIVIÈRE BATISCAN

The Parc de la Rivière Batiscan is located in the Mauricie region. This park offers a range of outdoor activities as well as accommodations.

Rules for your pets: https://parcbatiscan.ca/le-parc/reglements-du-parc/

Map: https://parcbatiscan.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Carte-sentiers-2021-VF-web.pdf

Website: https://parcbatiscan.ca


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23. MONT DU LAC À L’EMPÊCHE

The Mont du Lac-à-l’Empêche is located in Charlevoix in the Zec des Martres territory.

To sum up, this hiking trail is considered difficult and has a length of 14km.

Website: https://www.traverseedecharlevoix.qc.ca/randonnees-journalieres


22. PARC DES CHUTES DE DENHOLM

Located in the Outaouais region, the Parc des Chutes de Denholm offers several short and easy hiking trails.

This park is for you if you’re looking for beginner-friendly trails or if you have a small dog breed!

Map: http://res.cloudinary.com/tourisme-outaouais/raw/upload/v1522354007/1014-PERO_Denholm_Accueil_4X8_HOR_FINAL_X_qmlqgb.pdf


21. MONT CHAUVE

You’ll find this beautiful lookout in the Eastern-townships! The Mont Chauve is a dog-friendly trail located in the Parc National du Mont-Orford.

Duration: 4 hours (10.6km)

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

Website: https://www.sepaq.com/pq/mor/


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20. MONT SAINT-BRUNO

The Parc National du Mont-Saint-Bruno is also a national park owned by Sépaq therefore not all trails are dog-friendly. Moreover, this park offers mostly easy hiking trails.

Please visit the link below and click on “Mont-Saint-Bruno” for information on the dog-friendly hikes in this park.

Website: https://www.sepaq.com/animaux/


19. MONT SAINTE-ANNE

The Mont Sainte-Anne is a ski-resort located in Beaupré just 35 minutes from Québec City.

During the summer season, this mountain offers a variety of dog-friendly hiking trails!

Most importantly, please purchase your passes on the website below.

Website: https://mont-sainte-anne.com/en/hiking-and-summit-access/


18. PARC RÉGIONAL DU POISSON BLANC

The Parc Régional du Poisson Blanc is a spectacular park located in the Laurentides region. In addition to hiking, you can also bring your dog camping with you!

Website: https://poissonblanc.ca


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17. PARC NATIONAL DE LA YAMASKA

The Park National de la Yamaska is a beautiful park that offers a lake with easy hiking trails surrounding it.

This park is operated by Sépaq therefore you’ll need to click on “Yamaska” on the link below to view the dog-friendly trails available in this park.

Website: https://www.sepaq.com/animaux/


16. MONT DU DÔME

Mont du Dôme is located in the Zec des Martres territory and operated by the Traversée de Charlevoix.

A donation is required to use this hiking trail that you can pay upon arrival at the Traversée de Charlevoix.

Length: around 8km

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

Website: https://www.traverseedecharlevoix.qc.ca/randonnees-journalieres


15. CAP DE LA FÉE

The Cap de la Fée hiking trail is located in the Lanaudière region! This dog-friendly hike offers a spectacular view of the Lac Archambault.

Length: around 6.1km

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

Website: https://lanaudiere.ca/en/activities-lanaudiere/outdoors/hiking-trails/cap-de-la-fee/


14. PARC DE LA GORGE-DE-COATICOOK

The Parc de la Gorge-de-Coaticook offers a range of activities and accommodations. Moreover, this fun park is located in the Eastern Townships.

For more information please visit their website below.

Website: https://gorgedecoaticook.qc.ca/


13. AU DIABLE VERT

Au Diable Vert is located in Sutton in the Eastern Townships. This place offers a variety of accommodations such as tree houses, pod cabins, rustic cabins, camping, and much more.

In addition, Au Diable Vert offers a range of outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking.

Website: https://audiablevert.com 


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12. MONT OUAREAU

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The Mont Ouareau summit is located in the Lanaudière region! This hiking trail is dog-friendly and rated as Intermediate.

For additional information please visit the link below and click on “Randonnée”.

Website: https://www.parcsregionaux.org/parcs-regionaux/parcs/sentier-national/


11. MONT KAAIKOP

The Mont Kaaikop has a distance of 4.9km round-trip and its difficulty level is intermediate. You’ll find this beautiful hike in Sainte-Lucie-des-Laurentides.

Website: http://www.intervalcoop.com


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10. MONT GOSFORD

Mont Gosford is one of the highest mountains in all of Québec! It’s located in the Eastern Townships.

Length: about 19km

Level of difficulty: difficult

Website: https://montgosford.com


9. VALLÉE BRAS-DU-NORD

Vallée Bras-du-Nord is an incredible outdoor park that offers a range of activities and accommodations. This park is located in Saint-Raymond about an hour from Québec City!

In addition, dogs are permitted on some hiking trails as well as some accommodations. For more information click here: https://www.valleebrasdunord.com/images/politique-chien.pdf

Please purchase your passes on the website below.

Website: https://www.valleebrasdunord.com


8. OWL’S HEAD

Owl’s Head is a ski resort located in the Eastern Townships that offers hiking trails during the summer season. Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a leash.

Website: https://owlshead.com/en/hiking


7. MONT ORFORD

Mont Orford is also a ski resort that offers hiking trails during the summer season! This beautiful mountain is also located in the Eastern Townships.

For additional information, please take a look at the FAQ section mentioning dogs here: https://montorford.com/fr-ca/questions-fréquentes

Website: https://montorford.com


6. CHUTE MANITOU

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The Chute Manitou is a breathtaking waterfall located in the Côte-Nord region of Québec.

Length: about 1km there and back

Level of difficulty: Easy

Please make sure to contact this location to make sure it’s open prior to heading out.

Website: http://mrc.minganie.org/tourisme-2/photos-de-manitou/


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5. PARC DES CHUTES DE SAINTE-AGATHE DE LOTBINIÈRE

The Parc de la chute Sainte-Agathe-de-Lotbinière offers hiking trails as well as camping. This beautiful park is located in the Chaudière-Appalaches region.

Website: https://parcdelachutesteagathe.ca


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4. CANYON SAINTE-ANNE

The Canyon Sainte-Anne is a spectacular must-see canyon located just 30 minutes from Québec City. This park offers a range of activities for the whole family!

Website: https://canyonsa.qc.ca/


3. CHUTE NEIGETTE

You’ll find the Chute Neigette (Mont-Comi) just about 25 minutes from Rimouski in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. This beautiful hiking trail is part of the Sentier National.

Website: https://www.saintdonat.ca/recreo-communautaire/sentier-national-chute-neigette-mont-comi


2. PARC DES CHUTES-DE-LA-CHAUDIÈRE

You’ll find the Parc des Chutes-de-la-Chaudière just minutes from Québec City! This waterfall offers a spectacular site!

Website: https://levis.chaudiereappalaches.com


1. SENTIER DE LA BAIE DES ROCHERS

Last but not least, we have the Sentier de la Baie des Rochers. This hiking trail offers breathtaking views, just take a look at the color of the water!

Website: http://www.saintsimeon.ca/tourisme/tourisme-baie-des-rochers-sentiers/


40 MUST-DO DOG-FRIENDLY HIKING TRAILS ACROSS QUEBEC


To conclude, there are so many incredible spots to bring your dog with you hiking across our province! I hope this helped you plan out your next adventures with your pup! Which one will you be hiking next?

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