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    47.8545° N, 70.4295° W

    "The Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie are among the highest rock faces East of the Rockies"

    We were invited by SÉPAQ to spend a few days at Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie, one of many of Quebec’s stunning national parks. The park is home to diverse plant life from the maple, elm, and fir-birch trees at the base of the mountains, to the arctic vegetation at the summit. No matter where you are in the park, the view will always be stunning. From our campsite we could see the rising cliffs and mountaintops that were shrouded in fog. There are many things to do in the park, there are tour guides ready to take you on the river, there are endless kilometres of bike paths and bikes that you can rent, along with numerous trails ready to be explored.

    We decided we would challenge ourselves and take in the ten-hour roundtrip hike to the summit. The “L’Acropole-des-Draveurs” trail lead us through a steep climb with numerous moments to stop and enjoy the view. At the end, we were 1048 meters (3,438 ft) up. Unfortunately, it was still early so the fog shrouded our view but it was still an amazing feel like we were on top of the world.

    Learn more about Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie National Park.

    When we think about camping or partaking in any outdoor activities, we normally don’t think of sharing our experiences online but let’s face it, this is the age we live in and sharing our moments with our network is almost second nature. We are happy to embrace our connected lives and decided to remain connected throughout our weekend in the wilderness. Staying connected throughout our six-hour trip was aided by GMC’s 2015 Yukon Denali, which features 4G/LTE. The truck had ample space for five of us and it was able to hold all of our gear for our excursion.

    Learn more about the GMC Yukon Denali.

    As fate would have it, our connection to the outside world was intermittent, even the Yukon’s network could not hold a steady signal.

    Words & Photography: Jon Carlo Tapia

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