L'Acropole des Draveurs is perhaps the best known and most scenic hike in the Parc National des Hautes Gorges de la Riviève Malbaie. Although advertised as a difficult hike, I found it to be somewhat moderate, taking my time to go up the 800 meters (2625 feet) or so climb. This trek is about 7 miles round trip and took me about 6 hours to walk. Arriving at the park, you pay for your visit at the visitor center and wait for a bus ride to take you over to the trailhead. You could walk al lthe way to the trail head but that would be an additional 8 miles round trip. Unlike other preservation areas, the park has access restrictions and fees. You can find detailed information at the SEPAQ web site (Quebec'c National Park system) under the Hautes Gorges Park page for information about fees and operating hours.


Félix Antoine Savard Visitor Center at park entrance.
Shuttle to trail head.

Entering the park rewards you a view of a rocky cliff overlooking the visitor center. I visited this park on its first weekend of operation for that year and there were very few poeple making this a tranquil walk. The trail goes Montagne des Érables which is a treeless plateau covered with alpine vegetation. The view over the Malbaie river is spectacular; the rock faces on each side of the Malbaie river are among the highest east of the Rocky Mountains.


Going up the Acropole des Draveurs trail.
Alpine vegetation on top of Mont des Érables.


End of the trail atop Mont des Érables.
Looking up to the top of Mont des Érables. This view from walking the Le Pied des Sommets trail. This is a small flat trail located at the Draveur visitor center.