Park of Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Riviere-Malbaie
The National Park of Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Riviere-Malbaie, located in the Charlevoix Region and covering over 227 square km, looms over the serene waters of the Malbaie River, once the stage for log driving. The park was named after a series of valleys cut deep into a range of high mountains.
This park is one of Quebec's most beautiful sites. Indeed, steep slopes, beautiful natural surroundings, and the unusual course of Malbaie River make it exceptional. It has the privilege of being one of the central areas of the Charlevoix World Biosphere reserve. A Golden Eagle comes to the park every summer. The park is a suitable habitat for this species.
The Golden Eagle can find plenty of rocky cliffs at the park for nesting and open areas for hunting. Eagle population in the Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Riviere-Malbaie Park is estimated at more than 60 breeding pairs.
Visitors can cruise along the Malbaie River on board the riverboat, "Le Menaud", and discover the territory on this cruise, which winds between the giant rocky cliffs in calm water for an hour and a half.
The Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Riviere-Malbaie Park is one of the few areas in Québec where on a short walk you can observe deciduous trees that are typical of the forest of the St. Lawrence plateau, as well as northern tundra. Guests can stretch their legs on one of the most beautiful hiking trails of the park, L'Acropole des Draveurs. The trail leads to the highest summit of the territory at an altitude of more than 1,000 metres.