3 Ideas for Hikes on a Budget

February 2, 2017

It’s well known that hiking has both health and mental benefits, but it also has another significant advantage: it’s possible to hike pretty much anywhere at very little cost. At some locations, you can even do it totally free of charge! So, for those days when you feel like going outside without breaking the bank, here are some well-kept secrets to travelling down the trails of Quebec, without spending a dime:

Parc des Appalaches (Chaudière-Appalaches)

This regional natural park is perfect for all the trekking, canoe-camping and wooden huts enthusiasts! Its 80 km of winter paths—120 km during the summer time—are ready to welcome you in a décor punctuated by waterfalls, mountains and sugar bushes, whether you’re on an expert or novice level. Dogs on a leash are also allowed!

Snowshoeing in Parc des Appalaches

Walking Path of Lake Kenogami (Saguenay)

Spread over some 40 km, the walking trail of Lake Kenogami offers, among other things, a self-propelled nacelle unique in Quebec which allows the backpackers to cross the gap of 100 m between the two sides of the Pikauba River. With several wetlands and wonderful sights scattered through the region, this original excursion will give you one more reason to enjoy the Laurentian fauna and flora.

Walking Trail of Lake Kenogami

Mount Rigaud (Montérégie)

The trails on mount Rigaud promise you an interesting and informative experience, in which trekking, horse riding, nature observation as well as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in wintertime are highlighted. Marked and groomed trails allow you to enjoy your favourite activities, either alone or with a tour guy walking you through a rewarding nature interpretation hike.

Snowshoeing in Mount Rigaud

Are there any secret corners that you’re aware of where we can burn energy without spending any money? Let us know your favourite spots! Back