Provincial Parks

Parc national du Mont-Mégantic

Franceville sector

In the north-west part of the park, discover the 15 km of trails in the new Franceville sector. Live a unique experience, having access to the spectacular Franceville rock crest and the stunning view of the valley of the Ruisseau de la Montagne – mountain stream – of which the trail is interrupted by waterfalls.

Period: mid-May to mid-October 2019

Last week, I had the opportunity to do a little hiking in the eastern townships. Conditions were wet and muddy, but manageable. The temperature was in the low to mid teens Celsius. Which is very comfortable for hiking. Trail map: Franceville sector.

Sentier des Escarpments is an intermediate trail and very well maintained. Sépaq personnel were adjusting one of the more challenging sections of the trail the day we were there.

Beginning of the Hiking trail
 Sentier des Escarpments
Mont Megantic
Beginning of the Hiking trail
Sentier des Escarpments
Mont Megantic

If you are new to hiking in early June, you will see some bears. Educate yourself about the proper interaction with bears in this season.

Rock face with a line of trees close beside
 Sentier des Escarpments 
 Mont Megantic
Rock face with a line of trees close beside
Sentier des Escarpments
Mont Megantic

The hiking paths are wide and well groomed for the most part. Some areas require more concentration on foot placement, but a very enjoyable climb nonetheless.

View of the valley below through the trees 
Sentier des Escarpments 
 Mont Megantic
View of the valley below through the trees
Sentier des Escarpments
Mont Megantic
Mont Megantic Observatory in the distance. 
 Sentier des Escarpments
Mont Megantic Observatory in the distance.
Sentier des Escarpments
Trail winding through the rocks.
 Sentier des Escarpments 
 Mont Megantic
Trail winding through the rocks.
Sentier des Escarpments
Mont Megantic
Giant rock slabs with a gap between them.
 Sentier des Escarpments 
 Mont Megantic
Giant rock slabs with a gap between them.
Sentier des Escarpments
Mont Megantic
A trail along the mossy rock face. 
Sentier des Escarpments 
 Mont Megantic
A trail along the mossy rock face.
Sentier des Escarpments
Mont Megantic
Tree growing up and over a boulder.
 Sentier des Escarpments  
Mont Megantic
Tree growing up and over a boulder.
Sentier des Escarpments
Mont Megantic
Tree with extensive root system exposed on the bank of a stream.
 Sentier des Escarpments  
Mont Megantic
Tree with extensive root system exposed on the bank of a stream.
Sentier des Escarpments
Mont Megantic