I hadn’t even heard of Forillon National Park until I started doing some research about hiking in Quebec a few months ago.
Forillon sits at the eastern tip of the Gaspé Peninsula, sandwiched between the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Gaspé Bay. It’s a mountainous area with dramatic cliffs, phenomenal views and loads of chances to see offshore wildlife – seals, whales and seabirds.
Hiking in Forillon National Park
Forillon National Park offers eight hikes from an easy 0.6 kilometre hike to a challenging 17.6 kilometre wilderness hike. I chose to do a hike called Les Graves. On this hike you can choose how far you want to go depending on your energy level and enthusiasm. I started at Grand-Grave and ended up doing an out and back hike that totaled 15.2 kilometres. I could have started at Petit-Gaspe and added four kilometers to the day or shortened it and just done the hike to the lighthouse – a total of eight kilometers return.
I truly loved the hike. It was easy walking for the most part and between expansive, wildflower filled views, stops at pebble beaches and a visit to a lighthouse overlooking dramatic cliffs, it was a winner.
Here’s a look at what’s in store for you along the Les Graves trail.
Should you be lucky enough to visit Forillon National Park here are some pointers.
- The entrance fee is $7.80 per adult.
- The visitor center is open from June 21st until September 2nd.
- Wilderness camping is open all year round. The Petit-Gaspe campground is open the longest – from May 17th until October 13th.
- Bring food and water with you.
- The town of Gaspé is only a 40 minute drive away. Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island is another hour from there.
- There are lots of pretty, small towns on the Gulf of St. Lawrence side to stay in.
Have you ever been to Forillon National Park?