Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie National Park
|Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie National Park|
|Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie|
|Location||Lac-Pikauba, Charlevoix Regional County Municipality / Mont-Élie, Charlevoix-Est Regional County Municipality, Quebec, Canada|
|Nearest city||La Malbaie|
|Area||224.70 km (139.62 mi)|
|Established||June 28, 2000|
The Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie National Park is a provincial park in the Charlevoix region of Quebec, Canada. Centering on the Malbaie River Gorge, it is the centerpiece of the UNESCO Charlevoix biosphere reserve. Despite its name, it is not in Canada's national park system, nor administered by Parks Canada. It is administered by the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq). The park can be reached via a local road, 30 kilometers (19 mi) northwards from Route 138 in Saint-Aimé-des-Lacs.
There are three camp sites in the park, one of which can only be reached by canoeing or biking.
The park contains seven hiking trails totaling 32.9 kilometers (20.4 mi), including one that is 10.5 kilometers (6.5 mi) long with an 800 meters (2,600 ft) elevation gain. On these trails, hikers can reach the top of the Montagne des Érables, the highest summit in the park, at an elevation of 1,048 meters (3,438 ft).
The 8 kilometers (5.0 mi) bike trail takes visitors through the gorge along the Malbaie River, while a short hike leads to the chute du Ruisseau Blanc (White Stream Waterfalls) 45 meters (148 ft) high, which is fed from one of the many high altitude lakes and suspended valleys.
Cars are not allowed in the park. There is a parking at the gate, where one needs to register and pay to get access to the park. From there, visitors may take a bus that will get them to some points in the park, and to the Draveur Service Center.
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