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Via Ferrata Climbing in Quebec

With a great number of parks, Quebec can offer more than a dozen locations to try this thrilling summer activity

Via Ferrata routes can be found in almost every Canadian national park. This combination of hiking, climbing, and zip lining is one of the must-doєs in Quebec from June to October.

Several Via Ferratas around Quebec City and near Saguenay Fjord provide climbing between water and rocks. The route in Parc de la Chute-Montmorency gives the opportunity to get really close to Montmorency Falls and feel its water splatter. Colossal views from the Via Ferrata of Palissades de Charlevoix, Parc national du Mont-Tremblant, and Sainte Anne Canyon will leave you speechless, as you will see the perfect carpet of forest underneath your feet.

Even though all of the routes are safe and guided by professionals, Via Ferrata is an experience for those who are not scared of heights and have enough endurance to finish a path equipped with bridges, beams, and cables.

Practical info

Where are some Quebec locations to enjoy Via Ferratas?

One can explore Via Ferrata routes in many national parks of Quebec. Activities can be enjoyed around Quebec City and Saguenay Fjord, with locations such as Palissades de Charlevoix. Another location known for the experience is Parc national du Mont-Tremblant, Sainte Anne Canyon, and Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, among other sites of popularity. Show more

Which months are good for Via Ferrata trips to Quebec?

June to October is the period for Via Ferrata in Quebec. It offers mellow weather and full access to parks. July to August is the peak period and reservations should be made early. September to October offers fall colors and tranquility. It is advisable to wear layers as temperature changes can be frequent. Show more

What clothes are appropriate for Via Ferrata tours in Quebec?

A helmet, harness, VIA Ferrata kit that features leg and chest straps, and carabiners are mandatory for Via Ferrata. Appropriate clothes must be worn, like weather-friendly and stretchable garments with a comfortable fit. Avoid sandals, open-toed shoes, and baggy clothing. Provisions such as drinking water, snacks, and sunscreen should go in a backpack. Sunglasses and hats are also recommended. Show more

How much time is needed for a Via Ferrata outing?

Via Ferrata routes may require several hours to be completed, with most taking around two to four hours to finish. The route's hardness, length, endurance levels, and individual ability all affect the climb's nature. Some routes may take up to eight hours to complete. Before booking, check the national parks' and tour operators' websites for detailed information of each route. Show more

Are Via Ferratas in Quebec ideal for beginners?

Via Ferrata is an activity for all, regardless of prior experience, and includes briefings on safety regulations and simple techniques. However, the climbs can be physically demanding on new climbers or those afraid of heights. Each park proposes different routes of varying lengths, heights, and hardness levels. It's necessary to select an appropriate route that corresponds to physical capabilities. Show more

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin