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Acropole des Draveurs Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,312'
Location: 47.89342, -70.4601 View Map  Incorrect?
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Contorsions (5.11, A0, 200m)
Between Sens unique and Ou l'avantage.
FA: Patrick Brouillard and Charles Lacroix

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The Acropole des Draveurs is situated about two hours (or 165km) northeast of Quebec City, the area was originally home to the ‘coureurs de bois’, French for trappers and ‘draveurs’ the log boom drivers. The Malbaie River where the mountain is located was used by the log drivers to float log booms down to the St. Lawrence River in the early part of the twentieth century.

The Acropolis is located within Hautes Gorges de la Riviere Malbaie National Park (The Throat of the River Malbaie Park), a 233 square kilometer park and UNESCO world biosphere reserve. It is also part of the larger Charlevoix Biosphere Reserve. Located in the park are the largest rock faces in Eastern Canada outside of Auyuittuq on Baffin Island. These gorge walls while not quite vertical still measure 700 meters (or more) and are fractionally higher than the cliffs found in Gros Morne Newfoundland.

The Acropole des Draveurs is the highest peak in the park reaching a height of 1040m or 3411ft and rising over 850 meters from the river’s edge.

The hike up the mountain is about 9km or 5.5 miles long and takes between 4-6 hours. It is an unrelenting steep, difficult scramble with an altitude gain of over 800meters (around 2700 feet).
47.893421, -70.460119

Getting There 

From Quebec City it takes between two and two and a half hours by car. You take highway 138 NE out of Quebec City to La Malbaie and then up to Saint-Aime-des Lacs. Be sure to gas up in La Malbaie of Saint-Aime as there are no stations between here and the park entrance 50km away.

From Saint-Aime you follow the park signs along a narrow, winding logging road that is paved for the first 10km and then becomes a gravel road. This is why the 165km distance takes so long to cover as it is difficult and more than a little dangerous to drive fast along this road. The Park is open from 8am to 9pm from May through til October and then is open during the day throughout the rest of the year with a greatly reduced compliment of park staff.

Once you arrive at the park follow the signs to the Mont Acropolis parking lot which is located close to the campsites south of the visitors center. From there follow the Cascade trail up to the summit. You can check for information on the park and to make reservations.

Climbing Season

For the Quebec City, Charlevoix, Portneuf area.

Weather station 15.8 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Acropole des Draveurs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Acropole des Draveurs:
Momentum   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 600'   
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