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Montagne de l'Épaule
Highest point
Peak 460
Country Canada
State/Province Quebec
Parent range Laurentian Mountains

The Montagne de l'Épaule (English: Mountain of the Shoulder) peaks at 460 metres (1,510 ft) in Jacques-Cartier National Park, in the municipality of Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury , in La Jacques-Cartier Regional County Municipality, in the administrative region of Capitale-Nationale, in Quebec, Canada.


The summit of the shoulder mountain is located at:

The Montagne de l'Épaule is wedged between the Jacques-Cartier River which flows on the west side and the Rivière à l'Épaule which is on the east side.

Mountain path

A hiking trail designated L'Éperon stretching over 5.5 kilometres (3.4 mi) bypasses the Mountain de l'Épaule to reach its summit which culminates at 460 metres (1,510 ft) of altitude. This trail begins at km 3, one of the first trails near the entrance to the Jacques-Cartier National Park which is located at 103 chemin du Parc-National in Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury. From the parking lot, after walking a hundred meters along the road, hikers enter the forest until the intersection. Hikers can then choose to take the gradual climb or a steeper climb.

On this well-laid out route, hikers can admire the Jacques-Cartier river valley. Several well-located information panels tell snippets of the history of the Laurentians. On the crest of Montagne de l'Épaule, hikers meet the summit between the slopes of Jacques-Cartier and Rivière à l'Épaule.


In the past, the Rivière à l'Épaule and the Jacques-Cartier River were used to float the logs to the sawmills downstream.


The toponym "montagne de l'Épaule" is linked to the toponym of the river of the same name.

The toponym "montagne de l'Épaule" was formalized on August 2, 1974 at the Place Names Bank of the Commission de toponymie du Québec.

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