Using the directory
- Very demanding
Hiking Trails Rating
Accessible to all, slopes of 10% or less, drop of less than 100 meters, distance between two access points of 5 km or less, maximum of 2 hours of walking.
Accessible to all, slopes of 10% on average, drop between 100 and 200 meters, length between two access points of about 10 km or less, maximum of 2 to 3 hours of walking.
Accessible to hiking insiders and people in great shape; slopes that may exceed 15%, drop of 200 meters or more, length between two access points of approximately 15 km or less, maximum of 4 to 8 hours of walking.
Specialized trail requiring a certain dexterity and balance, steep slope that can exceed 30%, possible presence of obstacles over 60 cm.
Paddling Trails Rating
Recommended daily distance
The recommended daily distance for a circuit is 10 km for novices, 15 km for intermediates and 20 km for experts. However, the distance traveled may vary from day to day depending on the weather and the difficulty of the circuit. Portage-free routes and well-maintained circuits require less travel time. It is always necessary to plan time to recognize each rapid before committing to it. The wind must be taken into account; it makes large bodies of water more difficult to paddle. It is then recommended walk along the shore or wait.
- Course requiring little particular skill. Many protected places to rest and to dock. Easy and numerous accesses.
River: Course generally composed of none or Class I rapids. The portages are generally short and well maintained.
Lake: We navigate in protected waters for a large part of the trip. Some surfaces can offer a grip on the wind, making navigation moderate on a few occasions.
- Knowledge of basic maneuvers required. Some protected places to dock and to rest. Easy and sufficient access.
River: Course generally composed of class I and II rapids and less and/or less than 5% of the course is composed of class III rapids and more. Portages are sometimes long, but easy.
Lake: Some lakes on the circuit have large surfaces that can offer a grip on the wind, making navigation moderate on a few occasions.
- Good knowledge of paddling, recovery and navigation techniques. Few sheltered places and landing points. Difficulty getting help. Some access not always easy.
River: Course generally composed of class III rapids and less and/or less than 5% of the course is composed of class IV rapids and more. The portages, in addition to being long and congested, can represent a significant drop.
Lake: Several large lakes or reservoirs make up at least 50% of the circuit. The crossings are exposed to moderate to strong winds, waves and difficult docking.
- Very good mastery of your boat and navigation techniques. Few or no sheltered places and a very limited number of landing points. Virtually non-existent external aid assuming complete autonomy. Limited to very limited access.
River: Route generally made up of class IV rapids and below and/or less than 5% of the course is made up of class V rapids and above. The number of long, congested, even missing portages represent more than 30% of the entire journey.
Lake: Composed almost entirely of large bodies of water where crossings are exposed to very strong winds.
Camping Sites Quotation
A Very flat ground, short grass or sand, easily accessible sandy or rocky shore, fire pit, magnificent view of the lake.
B Flat ground, short or semi-short grass, slightly muddy or slightly steep bank, fire pit or possibility of creating a fire pit, interesting view.
C Relatively flat terrain, semi-short grass, muddy or steep bank, limited access, no fire pits, limited view.
D Relatively flat land, long grass and short regrowth of trees, light clearing required, muddy or steep bank, limited access, no fire area without the possibility of creating one, obstructed view of the body of water (camping of last resort).
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