The Canadian “Little Compostela” is a 215 km walking trail that brings you from the Saguenay fjord to the lowlands of Lake St. John. It begins in the breathtaking mountain passes along the fjord which offer stunning views over the magnificent Saguenay River. It then runs along the shore of Ha!Ha! Bay and the Saguenay River through the urban community of Chicoutimi, cradle of the European presence in Canada's northern regions. After leaving the urban area, the trail runs along the Rivière aux Sables (Sandy River) and across the farmlands of the Hébertville plain before reaching the pastoral banks of Lake St. John and its panoramic landscapes. Veering south and moving away from this beautiful expansive lake, often compared to an inner sea, the trail then runs along the Metabetchouan River, through secondary roads and old homesteader’s routes, ending at the national shrine, “Ermitage St. Antoine” in Lac-Bouchette.
By encompassing such contrasting routes across plains and mountains, the Canadian “Little Compostela” mimics all the features of the famous “Route of Santiago de Compostela” and is designed to prepare you physically and mentally for the bigger European pilgrimage. So, before flying to Europe and undertaking the Camino de Santiago (800 km in 30 days), come and live the pilgrimage experience on the Canadian “Little Compostela” (215 km in 10 days).