6 MUST-VISIT CABINS IN QUÉBEC

There are so many incredible and unique stays in Québec! This year, I visited six cabins that I needed to share with you. Here are 6 must-visit cabins in Québec that you’ll want to add to your bucket list!

Please note that these cabins are in no particular order. All of them are worth visiting at least once!


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 LES CHALETS TOURISMA 

6 MUST-VISIT CABINS IN QUÉBEC

Les Chalets Tourisma offers 10 unique chalets. We stayed at the Chalet du Cap.

  • Their chalets are located in Portneuf therefore a 2-hour drive from Montréal
  • Most of their chalets are pet friendly however not all of them are
  • There’s also a wifi connection for each stay
  • Above all, each of their chalets offers an outdoor hot tub, fully equipped kitchen, as well as a BBQ
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 ACTIVITIES NEARBY 

There are a wide variety of fun activities to do near their chalets in the summer as well as the winter.

  • You can go mountain biking as well as hiking and horseback riding
  • During the winter season, you can also go snowshoeing, skiing, dog sledding, and much more!

Les Chalets Tourisma:

www.tourisma.ca

Chalet du Cap:

https://www.tourisma.ca/en/chalet-du-cap


 LE VERTENDRE 

6 MUST-VISIT CABINS IN QUÉBEC

Le Vertendre offers off-the-grid accommodations which are 100% energy-autonomous! They offer Zoobox stays as well as chalets. We stayed at Zoobox 67.

  • Le Vertendre is located in the Eastern-Townships of Québec therefore only 1 hour from Montréal
  • Their Zoobox accommodations are also located on a beautiful lake
  • They also offer assistance with luggage transportation by reservation

 ACTIVITIES NEARBY 

Le Vertendre is located on 100 acres of land with 15km of private trails.

  • You can go hiking as well as mountain biking
  • You can also go kayaking and canoeing
  • In addition, they also have snowshoeing during the winter season and much more!

Le Vertendre:

https://levertendre.com/

Zoobox 67:

https://levertendre.com/location/zoobox-zvg-67/


 CHALETS HYGGE 

Chalets Hygge offers cozy chalets located in the Eastern-Townships of Québec! The perfect nature escape. We stayed at their Chalet Scandinavian.

  • Chalets Hygge is located in Orford therefore only 1.5 hours from Montréal and 2.5 hours from Québec City
  • Their chalets are also pet-friendly
  • In addition, they’re located only 3-minutes from Mont-Orford National Park
  • They also offer free wifi
  • Chalets Hygge are also located only 10 minutes from Magog

 ACTIVITIES NEARBY 

Chalets Hygge offers accommodations located right next to Mont-Orford! There are so many activities to do nearby in the summer as well as in the winter!

  • Mont-Orford and the Mont-Orford National Park
  • Hiking
  • Skiing
  • Mountain biking
  • Bicycling
  • Vineyards
  • Nordic Spa + much more unique experiences!

Chalets Hygge:

https://www.chaletshygge.com

Chalet Scandinavian:

https://www.chaletshygge.com/en/chalet-scandinavian


 WOLM CABIN 

Wolm Cabin is an eco-friendly, modern, smart cabin. Furthermore, the Wolm cabin offers breathtaking views of Mont-Tremblant. You can find this cabin on Airbnb!

  • Wolm cabin is located in La Conception therefore only 2 hours from Montréal
  • The cabin also offers incredible views of the sunrise
  • Wolm Cabin offers a charging station therefore it’s perfect if you have an electric or hybrid car
  • The cabin is also pet friendly
  • They also have an indoor and outdoor fireplace
  • In addition, they also offer free wifi

 ACTIVITIES NEARBY 

There are so many activities to do nearby in the summer as well as in the winter!

  • The Montagne d’Argent
  • The Mont-Tremblant resort, village, as well as the national park
  • Skiing adventures
  • Hiking trails
  • Domaine Saint-Bernard and so much more!

Wolm Cabin:

https://www.wolmcabin.com


 CHALET RÖCKA 

Chalet Röcka is located in the Lanaudière region of Québec. This Airbnb is perfect for friends and family who need a nature getaway!

  • Chalet Rocka is located near Chertsey therefore only 1 hour from Montréal
  • Above all, they have a 4 season hot tub/spa
  • They also have a foosball table
  • In addition, they have an outdoor fire pit
  • If you have an electric car, they also have an EV charger
  • Furthermore, they also offer Netflix on their TV

 ACTIVITIES NEARBY 

There are a few fun outdoor activities that you can plan near the chalet!

  • Skiing Mont-Calm
  • You can also visit Rawdon Falls (Chutes Dorwin)
  • Furthermore, you can visit Arbraska Rawdon nearby
  • You can also visit Atlantis waterpark + more!

Chalet Röcka:

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/48461083?source_impression_id=p3_1647803463_3QZ2Gi%2BH15bw7IgQ


 LES TOITS DU MONDE 

6 MUST-VISIT CABINS IN QUÉBEC

Last but not least, we have Les Toits du Monde. They’re located in the Laurentides region of Québec. Above all, the entire experience is magical. We stayed at the Tiny House. You need to visit this place because they truly offer such unique stays!

  • Les Toits du Monde is located in the Hautes-Laurentides region therefore it’s about 2 hours from Montréal
  • They offer the most unique accommodations such as a tiny house, tree houses, a tipi, a hobbit house, and even a yurt!
  • Your car must be left at the parking lot because you will be walking to your accommodation in a beautiful forest
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Furthermore, they offer a variety of adventures all year round!

  • Kayaking as well as canoeing
  • Swimming because there are a few lakes nearby
  • Snowshoeing, dog sledding as well as ice-skating during the winter season
  • In addition, they also teach forest survival

Les Toits du Monde:

https://lestoitsdumonde.ca/


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To conclude, each cabin offered an unforgettable experience. I highly recommend visiting each at least once! I hope this helped you plan out your next adventure as well as your next cozy stay!


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12 BEST PARKS TO VISIT THIS WINTER IN QUEBEC

Are you ready to plan some epic winter adventures? Here are the 12 BEST PARKS TO VISIT THIS WINTER IN QUÉBEC that you’ll definitely want to add to your winter bucket list!

In addition, it’s crucial to you plan ahead and to be prepared before heading out into the wilderness, especially during our cold winter season. Always bring the 10 essentials with you before leaving. You’ll find the 10 essentials here

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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12. PARC NATIONAL DU BIC

The Parc national du Bic is located by the St-Lawrence River in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region in Québec. It’s a 5-hour drive from Montreal and a 3-hour drive from Québec City. This national park is operated by Sépaq.

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


11. PARC D’ENVIRONNEMENT NATUREL DE SUTTON

The Parc d’environnement Naturel de Sutton is located in the Eastern Townships in Sutton. This is by far one of my favorite parks to adventure to during the winter season. It is absolutely stunning! I highly recommend it.

Furthermore, you can purchase your passes and find all additional information on their website indicated below.

Website: https://www.parcsutton.com


10. PARC RÉGIONAL DU MONT HAM

The Parc régional du Mont-Ham is located in the municipality of Ham-Sud, in the Eastern Townships. This mountain offers incredible 360-degree views from the top! A must-visit park to add to your bucket list this winter!

Website: https://montham.ca


9. PARC RÉGIONAL DU MASSIF-DU-SUD

The Parc régional du Massif-du-Sud is located in the Chaudière-Appalaches region. It’s a 2 hour drive from Québec City and 3.5 hours from Montréal.

In addition, this beautiful park also offers winter camping!

Website: https://massifdusud.com/


8. LE MONT À LIGUORI

I had to add Mont à Liguori to the list! Although it’s not a park, it’s a wonderful trail that you can hike during the winter season. This mountain is located in the Charlevoix region and offers breathtaking views of the St-Lawrence River.

Furthermore, this hike belongs to the Sentier-des-caps and the Massif de Charlevoix.

For all additional information please visit their website below.

Website: https://www.tourisme-charlevoix.com/en/trails/mont-a-liguori-trail/?season=winter


7. PARC NATIONAL DU MONT-MÉGANTIC

The Parc national du Mont-Mégantic is another must-visit park during the winter season for its snowy canvas!

This park is also operated by Sépaq and is located in the Eastern Townships region in Québec.

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


6. PARC RÉCRÉOFORESTIER SAINT-MATHIEU

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The Parc récréoforestier Saint-Mathieu is located just 2 hours from Montréal near Trois-Rivières in the Mauricie region.

Furthermore, this spectacular park offers snowshoeing as well as snowmobile trails.

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


5. PARC NATIONAL DE LA GASPÉSIE

The Parc National de la Gaspésie is another must-visit park operated by Sépaq. This park offers some of the most incredible mountain views in all of Québec.

Please note that this park does not have service so it’s very important to plan ahead.

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


4. PARC NATIONAL DES MONTS-VALIN

The Parc national des Monts-Valin is located in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. This park is an absolute must-visit during the winter season for its beautiful winter landscape. If you’re able to make it out there, I highly recommend it!

Furthermore, this park is operated by Sépaq.

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


3. RÉSERVE FAUNIQUE DES CHIC-CHOCS

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The Réserve Faunique des Chic-Chocs (Chic-Chocs Wildlife Reserve) offers 4 snowshoeing trails during the winter season, with one of them being the Vallières-de-Saint-Réal. This 16km hike is unlike any other if you’re looking for a challenge this winter.

Please note that there is no service in this park so it’s very important to be prepared before arriving.

Furthermore, this park is located right next to the Parc national de la Gaspésie in the Gaspésie region. It is also operated by Sépaq.

Website: https://www.sepaq.com/rf/chc/


2. MONT GOSFORD

The Mont Gosford is known as one of the highest mountains in the province of Québec. It’s located right near the US border in the Eastern Townships.

For all additional information as well as their trail map please visit their website below.

Website: https://montgosford.com 


1. PARC NATIONAL DE LA JACQUES-CARTIER

Last but not least, we have the Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier. This stunning park is located 35-40mins north of Québec City and is a must-visit park during every season!

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


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To conclude, there are so many incredible parks to visit this winter season in Québec. I hope this helped you plan out some of your next winter adventures! Which park will you be visiting first?


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GASPÉSIE 7 DAY ROAD TRIP ITINERARY

Are you planning a trip to the Gaspésie region but aren’t sure where to start? This 7-day road trip itinerary will help you plan your next road trip! This itinerary includes camping, canoeing, as well as hiking.

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.

In addition, please make sure you are prepared when heading out on that beautiful hike! You’ll find the 10 essentials to bring with you hiking here. 


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You will absolutely love the Gaspésie region and everything it has to offer. There are so many different places you can visit, a huge range of activities, and a bunch of delicious spots to grab a bite to eat! What we focused on for this road trip was mostly camping, hiking as well as canoeing. This here is the exact itinerary that I planned out myself by doing a ton of research and finding the best spots for what I was looking to do!

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Gaspésie is very big but it’s also very popular so it’s recommended to book your trip way ahead of time.


THE ROUTE TO GASPÉSIE

Here’s the exact route we took for our 7-day road trip! Please note that the route from the Parc National de la Gaspésie to Murdocheville (driving from point D to E) is a gravel road. You may want to choose a different road if you have a smaller car.


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DAY 1: DRIVING TO THE PARC NATIONAL DU BIC (BAS-SAINT-LAURENT REGION)

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We began our road trip to Gaspésie by heading to the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. From our home to this location it was a good 5-hour drive. This region is beautiful and also has so much to offer. We decided to book a 1-night stay tent camping in the Parc National du Bic. Furthermore, you can also book camping spots for RVs and vans in this National Park.

Upon arrival, we decided to hike the Cap-a-l’Orignal trail. This incredible trail follows the beach where we spotted foxes and seals along the way.

The Parc National du Bic is operated by Sépaq. You can find all of their hiking trails and all additional information on their website.

In addition, this park also offers bike rentals, kayaking, and so much more.

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DAY 2: CHUTE-PHILOMÈNE AND DRIVING TO BONAVENTURE

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Our plan for Day 2 was to wake up from our campsite in the Parc National du Bic and do a small hike before heading out. Unfortunately for us, it was raining so we decided to get back on the road right away. Of course, if you see that it’s a beautiful day you can definitely do a small hike in the morning prior to leaving the park.

On Day 2, we drove from the Parc National du Bic in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region all the way to the town Bonaventure which is about a 4-hour drive.

On the way, we decided to stop at a must-visit waterfall called Chute à Philomène. This place has a suspended bridge as well as a hiking trail that leads to the bottom of the fall.

From there, we headed to our next campground where we stayed 2 nights. The campground we stayed at for nights 2 and 3 is called Cime Aventures and is located in the town Bonaventure.

There are also so many food trucks on the way to Bonaventure. The lobster in Gaspésie is delicious!

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DAY 3: BONAVENTURE RIVER CANOEING 

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On Day 3 we woke up at the camping Cime Aventures. We had booked a canoeing adventure in the Bonaventure River for today.

Please note that you need to book this rental ahead of time.

The canoeing adventure down this stunning river started at 10 am and a bus brought us all the way down to the river. We then canoed a total of 20km back to the Cime Aventure campground. There are several different options you can choose from but we decided to go with the 20km which also includes canoeing through a few rapids.

Not only is this river completely clear and a beautiful turquoise/green color but it’s also incredibly fun! The rapids went over our canoe and completely soaked us. Do me a favor and just Google Bonaventure River and see for yourself. This is definitely an experience you won’t want to miss!

When we were done with our adventure, we headed out to the town Bonaventure to grab some food and drinks!

And as mentioned above we booked for 2 nights at this campground so we slept there on Day 3 as well.

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DAY 4: HIKING IN THE PARC NATIONAL DE LA GASPÉSIE

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Rise and shine! On Day 4 we woke up from our campsite and headed towards the Parc National de la Gaspesie for another hiking adventure!

Please make sure you stop, refill on gas, and purchase some food and water before heading out because there is no service and basically no stores in this National Park, and it’s also quite big!

It took us about 2 hours of driving from our campground to arrive at the trailhead. There are so many incredible hikes in the Parc National de la Gaspesie and for all difficulty levels so you can choose whichever trail you’d prefer!

We chose to hike the Pic de l’Aube. In my opinion, this hike was more intermediate for me. To give you an idea, the path is a four-wheeling path that is inclined all the way up the mountain.

Duration: 12km roundtrip

Level of difficulty: Difficult

Parking lot: Coupe-feu

Once we completed the hike in the morning, our next location was Percé! We drove from the Parc National de la Gaspesie all the way to Percé. Again, please note that there are not many stores and gas stations around and the majority of the time you won’t have any service so it’s important to plan ahead and to be prepared.

If you’re planning on taking the route from the Parc National de la Gaspésie to Murdocheville it’s important to note that this is a gravel road and is less recommended if you have a smaller car. The goal is to take route 198 all the way to Gaspé and then to drive from Gaspé to Percé.

This took us about 3-4 hours of driving to arrive at Percé. Upon arrival, we slept in a small hotel/motel right next to the Rocher Percé for 1 night!

There are so many amazing accommodations to choose from near the Rocher Percé.

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DAY 5: THE ROCHER PERCÉ AND THE PARC NATIONAL DE FORILLON

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On Day 5, we checked out of the hotel/motel and woke up with a view of the Rocher Percé. We decided to take the small trail called Cap Mont Joli to see the Rocher Percé from up close!

We grabbed some breakfast in town and then headed to the Parc National de Forillon. In my opinion, this is definitely one of the most beautiful National Parks in all of Québec.

In the Forillon National park, we decided to check out 3 different areas. We stopped and hiked at the Chute Trail which is located right off the road. This hiking trail was easy and under 1km.

We then headed out to Cap-Bon-Ami. This spot offers picnic tables, a beautiful view of the cliffs, as well as stairs that lead to a breathtaking beach. This place makes you feel like you’re in another country!

We explored the surrounding areas and then started hiking Mont-Saint-Alban. The trailhead for this mountain starts from Cap-Bon-Ami. The hike was difficult to intermediate and leads to a tall tower overlooking the Gaspé peninsula. You can even spot the Rocher Percé from a distance. An incredible view and must-do hike.

After our adventurous day, we drove back to the main town of Gaspé and stayed in a hotel that we had booked for a 1-night stay.

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DAY 6: TAKING THE SCENIC ROUTE TO MATANE

Waking up in the town of Gaspé, we headed straight to Matane and decided to take the scenic route (the 132) back home. Along the way, there are many food trucks you can stop at to eat as well as lighthouses to visit!

We arrived in Matane and decided to get food nearby in the town. We stayed in a beautiful location right by the water on the beach where we admired the sunset and relaxed for the rest of the evening.


DAY 7: DRIVING FROM MATANE BACK HOME

Today we woke up in Matane and headed back home. There are a lot of popular and beautiful spots to stop at in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region on your way home!


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That’s it friends! To conclude, this 7-day road trip itinerary to Gaspesie included camping, hiking, canoeing, and lots of driving and exploring! Please make sure to sign up below for our newsletter in order to receive emails when new itineraries come out! Thanks for taking the time to read this blog and happy adventuring!


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12 WATERFALLS TO VISIT THIS SUMMER IN QUEBEC

12 WATERFALLS TO VISIT THIS SUMMER IN QUEBEC

Are you looking for some incredible spots to check out this summer? Here are 12 WATERFALLS TO VISIT THIS SUMMER IN QUEBEC!

In this article, I’ll be going over 12 waterfalls to visit across our province. These falls are in no particular order. They’re definitely all worth visiting at least once!

Let’s dive right in!

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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12. CHUTES DE PLAISANCE

First and foremost, the Chutes de Plaisance is a beautiful waterfall located in the Outaouais region. You’ll find this waterfall near autoroute 50 in the small town of Plaisance.

11. CHUTE DU DIABLE

Secondly, the Chute du Diable is located in the Mont-Tremblant National Park. The Mont-Tremblant National park is divided into different sectors. This waterfall is located in the Diable sector.

The trailhead begins at the parking lot where this hike is indicated.

10. CHUTES MONTE-À-PEINE

These falls are located in the Parc Régional des Chutes Monte-à-Peine-et-des-Dalles in the Lanaudière region.

Furthermore, you can enter the park in three different areas depending on where you’re coming from. To be sure that you’re entering by the easiest route, check out their map located on their website!

9. CHUTE AUX-RATS

La Chute-aux-Rats is a spectacular waterfall located in the Mont-Tremblant National Park. This national park is divided into different sectors. You’ll be able to find this hiking trail in the Pimbina sector.

8. CHUTE À PHILOMÈNE

The Chute à Philomène is beginner-friendly and is located in the Gaspésie region.

You can access this fall by a hiking trail that leads to the bottom of the waterfall. Additionally, you can view the waterfall from above on a suspended bridge lookout.

7. CHUTES-À-BULL

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This waterfall is located in the Parc Régional de la Chute-à-Bull in the Lanaudière region. Additionally, this park offers hiking trails that lead to some beautiful lookouts.

6. CHUTES DU CALVAIRE

The Parc Régional des Chutes du Calvaire is also located in the Lanaudière region. This park is public therefore it’s open from sunrise to sunset!

5. CHUTES WABER

The Chutes Waber is located in the Parc National de la Mauricie.

First and foremost, you’ll need to kayak/canoe to arrive at the trailhead. In addition, you’ll need to hike to reach this waterfall. With this in mind, it’s important to leave extra early and to book ahead of time.

4. CHUTES DELANEY

The Chutes Delaney is located in Saint-Raymond. To reach this waterfall simply hike the trail called “Sentier bras-du-Nord”.

3. CHUTES-DE-LA-CHAUDIÈRE

The Parc des Chutes-de-la-Chaudière is an absolute must-see. This park is located in Lévis right near Québec City.

2. CHUTE MONTMORENCY

The Parc de la Chute Montmorency is only a 15 minute drive from Québec City! Furthermore, this park offers zip lining as well as rock climbing.

Secondly, you can check out the website below to view a virtual map of the entire park.

1. CHUTE MANITOU

Last but not least, the Chute Manitou is located in the Côte-Nord region. This spectacular waterfall is an absolute must-see if you’re in the region!

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To conclude, I hope this helped you plan out some places to visit this summer for some fun in the sun!

Most importantly, don’t forget to bring your water shoes! Thank you so much for reading this blog.

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THE 10 ESSENTIALS FOR HIKING

The 10 essentials for hiking were created by The Mountaineers back in the 1930s for adventurers in case of emergencies. In short, these essentials include navigation, a headlamp, a first-aid kit, fire, a survival knife, sun protection, shelter, extra food, extra water as well as extra clothing.

Anything can happen when we’re out in the wilderness, therefore it’s crucial to be prepared before heading out on that beautiful hike!

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1. NAVIGATION

Firstly, bring with you some form of navigation. This includes a map of the location you are heading to as well as a map of the trails you are planning on hiking, a GPS (Global Positioning System) to indicate where you are located, a compass to help guide you towards the direction you want to go, an altimeter to measure the altitude (this is only necessary if you’re hiking mountains at very high altitudes) as well as a registered PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) satellite communicator or satellite phone for instance.

In addition, you may not always have signal on your cell phone when you’re up in the mountains therefore if you have an emergency, your PLB can send a distress signal.

Most importantly, always remember to bring extra batteries for the devices mentioned above.

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2. HEADLAMP

Secondly, bring a headlamp with you. You might not be planning on hiking at night however it’s still important that you bring a one with you. For instance, if your hike ends up being a little longer than you expected this may result in you having to hike back in the dark.

Headlamps don’t weight much in your backpack and they’ll save you a lot of trouble therefore in short, always carry a headlamp with you with some extra batteries.

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3. FIRST-AID KIT

Furthermore, anything can happen while hiking therefore a first-kid kit is also an essential that you should always carry with you on your hiking trips. Most importantly, this includes any health related medications including allergy medications such as an epipen or an asthma pump. (if applicable to you or someone you are hiking with). In addition, pack some insect repellent.

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4. FIRE

Moreover, it is important to pack fire-starting gear such as matches, a lighterfire starter and/or a fire starter kit. Fire gear can be used for cooking purposes as well as emergencies if you need to stay warm.


5. SURVIVAL KNIFE

Additionally, a knife can be used in a variety of ways and is essential for survival. For instance, it can be used for cutting and slicing food, fire wood as well as items from your first-aid kit such as bandages. Furthermore, you can use a knife when building shelter and it can be used as a self-defence tool if you encounter any threatening wildlife.

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6. SUN PROTECTION

We’re exposed to UV (Ultra-Violet) rays from the sun during all four seasons therefore it’s important to wear sun protection when we’re out hiking such as sunscreen for example.

Sunscreen should be applied throughly to your skin including your face, ears as well as your neck and body.

In addition, you should wear sun-protection clothing such as a sun hat/cap as well as sunglasses.

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THE 10 ESSENTIALS FOR HIKING - Sun Protection Sunscreen


7. SHELTER

Furthermore, bring a lightweight emergency shelter such as a water-proof weather protection emergency bivouac (bivy) sack which is a single-person shelter that protects you from winds and rain.

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8. EXTRA FOOD

In addition, you should always pack enough food to last you an extra night in the back-country. The further you hike, the more energy you burn and the more hungry you may get. It’s recommended to bring foods that are high in protein such as nuts and seeds, energy bars and beef jerky for example. Additionally, you can bring dried fruit and whole fruits such as bananas, oranges and apples.

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9. EXTRA WATER

Hydration is incredibly important therefore bring a lot more water than you expect to drink. You can bring a water bottle or similarily, you can bring a hydration reservoir/bladder.

A hydration reservoir or in other words, a hydration bladder is essentially a plastic bag you can fill up with water that contains a tube/hose that you can drink from on the go. These reservoirs come in a variety of sizes measured in litres which signifies how much litres of water the reservoir can hold.

They’re normally attached to a hydration pack. A hydration pack is a backpack that contains a separate compartment for your reservoir to be placed into.

In short, always make sure to bring extra water with you.

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10. EXTRA CLOTHING

Last but not least, bring some extra clothing with you in case of emergencies or poor weather conditions. In other words, have an extra pair of the clothing you’ll be wearing for that hike. Depending on the season/weather, this includes an extra pair of socks, gloves, winter hat/beanie, undergarments, tops, and bottoms.


The 10 essentials for hiking

Thank you so much for reading this blog! I hope it was helpful and always remember to bring the 10 essentials for hiking with you on all of your adventures!

Be prepared and stay safe. 


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