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    Default Starting NB-QC hike imminently

    Hi everyone!
    At long last, after years away from the trail, I'm planning on getting back to it, except in my own country this time, mostly for logistics.
    I figure I'll be doing the NB section first (secured a really cheap way of getting there) since it seems low difficulty (gotta work up to being able to do the tough QC sections) and does not require reservations or anything. I was definitely bummed out that you have to reserve each night on the QC portion, so I'm leaving that for later. I think the most brutal part is Parc National de la Gaspésie, where each night costs more and you also have to pay the park, but it's a good long while before getting there, and if I have to stop for whatever reason, I won't be getting wrecked by the reservations.
    I'm a bit torn regarding the road-walking aspect of the NB section, though. Easy to start is good for me, but not if the road-walking is so bad that I don't make the 275 km to Matapédia, and instead choose to shuttle there at some point.
    I was hoping for some input from people who've done either of these provinces on the IAT!
    The plan was initially to jump on the QC portion in late July or early August, but now it seems like I'm headed for NB on July 4th.
    Will appreciate any comments you might have! Thank you
    -Raging Moose

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    Here's my trailjournals page https://www.trailjournals.com/journal/entries/18981 or just Raging Moose.

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    Seeing as the whole INTL A.T. forum is essentially dead, I felt like I should add some info about my own hike.
    I had to cancel simply because of cost. In recent years, the QC section of the IAT became totally unaffordable.
    They used to have something called the 'passport,' which you could purchase for the whole season and which gave you
    access to shelters, tent pads etc., but that program apparently ended this year. The administration told me that it
    was because of arguments between 'passport' holders when they happened to be at a full camp site, but I'm pretty sure
    that the administration didn't mind charging a whole lot more in this new system that does not allow for said passports.
    At this point, to hike the 'SIA-QC' (Intl A.T. - QC), you get a 'steep discount' by being a thruhiker. That discount means some
    15$ CAD every single night just in reservations for a place to put your tent up. You have no choice but to pay 15$ for a tent platform, even
    though you'd be just fine on the ground. You have to reserve ahead for your entire trip, which is obviously very cost prohibitive. If you're lucky,
    you'll show up at your reservations on the wrong date, the platforms will be full, and you'll get to tent on the ground and be refunded later (they do understand variations in schedule).
    Now, add to that the fact that you have to go through national parks, and then you have to pay national park fees on TOP of the ridiculous SIA-QC tariffs.

    It's an unfortunately disgustingly expensive trail to hike, and I believe that it probably tripled the costs in just one year. Everything I've seen leads me to believe that it is one of
    the most beautiful and enjoyable parts of the whole A.T. experience, but the little managing committee in Matane, QC, has turned it into a for-profit endeavor.

    It makes me so sad, especially because I had the chance to experience the freedom of the A.T. and its wide-reaching philosophy of allowing everyone access to our nature.
    Sadly, easy access to nature hikes is really not a part of our culture here in Quebec (or Canada, I would surmise). Any outdoor activity is really reserved to the well-off.

    Anyway, if you have the money, I think you should do it. But if you're on a budget, look elsewhere asap.


    As for the NB-IAT, it is unmaintained and runs along a railroad bed about 95% of the time. It's free, and you can camp anywhere, but it's pretty terrible.

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    That's unfortunate. I'm sorry to hear you had to bail. Did you have an estimate on how much it would have cost to hike the QC portion?

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