After 22 years of work, a trans-Quebec hiking trail spanning the entire breadth of the province is nearing completion.
Once finished, the 1,645-kilometre Sentier national au Québec will connect the Outaouais region in the west to the Gaspé region in the east. From the Gatineau Hills north of the Ottawa-Gatineau metropolitan region, the SNQ will run east through the Laurentian, Lanaudière, Mauricie, Portneuf, Quebec City, Charlevoix and Manicouagan regions on the north side of the St. Lawrence River, and then continue on the south shore through the Lower St. Lawrence and Gaspé regions to Amqui.
Amqui is a key terminus because it lies at the northern end the Appalachian International Trail, which runs down to Maine, where it becomes the U.S. Appalachian Trail and continues for another 3,500 kilometres to northern Georgia.
Since work began in 1990 to take existing hiking trails in Quebec and join them up with new segments to create a truly trans-Quebec network, 924 kilometres of trails have been completed. With new trails opening now at a rate of 150 kilometres per year, work on the SNQ could be complete as early as 2016.
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