Event description

Trail du Grand-duc is an event that proposes an authentic theme built around the magnificient Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier (National Park). We give a special souvenir to every participant. All distances are within the Park so you get to enjoy the scenery and awesome trails. This year's event will be limited to 1300 people.


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Address (start and finish line)

Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier lies in the Laurentian Highlands in the Québec City tourism region. It can be accessed by Route 175 and exit 182, Chemin du Parc-National. (more information on the Park's website)


Politique d'inscription et modifications

You can ask for a refund, transfer your ticket to someone else or change your distance up to 28 days before the event. After the 27th of septembre we will not offer refunds. A transfer/ distance change form will be made available. All modifications will be closed 7 days prior to the event (18th of october).  


We strongle advise to plan on getting to the race site 60 minutes prior to your start time.


Bib and shirt pickup

Pickups will be saturday 24th octobre fom 9 h à 17 h at La Boutique du Lac, we will also have pickup available the day of the event starting at 5 AM.

The race shirt will be on sale online, some will be son sale on site for 25$ cash but quantities will be limited.



By bus from downtown : 

We will offer different options to come by bus from downtown. More details to come.


By car (Parking information):

Parking sports are limited within the park. So, for certains distances a shuttle will be organized at the park's entrance to bring you to the race venue. These shuttles will go back and forth all day (travel time of 10 minutes). This service will be free.


Carpooling: We suggest to meet up in the parking lot of Parc-O-Bus Jardin zoologique du Québec (9300 Rue de la Faune, Québec, QC G1G 6T8). Parking there is free. Our facebook page can be used to offer or ask for a ride. 



Some free showers will be available a few minutes of walking from the race site.



Many lodging options are available in the park, more information on its website.



Courses and aid stations



(click for trail map)

DescriptionsPositive gain (D+)

Aid stations

Aid stations chart

1 km Strollers are allowed only on this short back and forth course designed for kids and their parents. You will cross over the Jacques-Cartier river into a large gravel road.  -  -
5 km A varied course that follows the Jacques-Cartier river and goes inland around the Cascades trail. 150m 1
12 km A new course for this distance this year. Discover the brand new L'escarpement trail with a breathtaking view of the valley. 450m 2
18 km You'll enjoy the famous Les Coulées trail. You'll also get to discover the brand new L'escarpement trail with a breathtaking view of the valley. 600m 2
35 km  You get a taste of the best the park has to offer. Famous trail like Les Loups with it challenging climb and descent, Les Coulées and L'escarpement Gives 1 ITRA points. 1300m 4
66 km Our biggest challenge taking you on known and lesser known areas of the Park. Some trails will be opened exculisively for the event in fall. Gives 3 ITRA points. 1900m 7


Specific details per course

35 km

- Cut off at Sautauriski Aid Station à 12h30 (km 20) and Coulées at 13h30;

66 km

- Cut off : Bûcheron (km 37) at 13 h, L'Éperon (km 54) at 15 h 45and l'Incursion (km 62) à 17 h;

- Drop bag : drop bags will be left at l'Éperon aid station (km 54). Bags will be brough back to the race site after the last runner is through, at around 16h15. You will also be able to pick it up on your way out of the park since the aid station is next to the road on your way out at km 3 of the Park road. le  L'Éperon parking (google maps link);

- Mandatory equipment : Head lamp for the start (will be used till about 7h30). 



- No trash in the trails;

- For distances of 12 km, 18 km and 35 km there are no time cut offs. However, based on conditions the day of the event a limit might be applied, expect a pace of 11min/km to be the limit if needed;

- Based on medical condition we might end your race following the evaluation of our rescue personnel;

- No matter the distance, our event takes place in fall in Quebec. That means weather conditions might be very difficult (hail, cold rain, even snow is to be expected). Be prepared with appropriate clothing and preparation.


Baggage drop

All participants can leave a bag for free under supervision of our volunteers, please have a name tag attached to your bag with your bib number.


Medical support

An emergency plan will be prepared and several teams will be deployed at strategic points of the courses. Physical therapists will be avaible for pre and post race services and at some aid stations.



All courses are loops. More details we be made available to move around the park (if it will be shuttles or cars allowed). Since the race takes place in a National Park, spectators and people accompanying runners (over 18) are expected to pay the entry fee to the park.



All photos taken by our team will be available on this platform.


Podiums and special prizes

Podium prizes will be for top 3 men and women for all distances. We will also pick 15 people randomly who will receive a participation prize. Our philosphy being that we want to congratulate each participant and not only the fastest. The random prizes will be given at the finish line as people will come in.


Age group results will be available on sportstats.ca.