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Chic-Choc Mountains

The Chic-Choc Mountains, often called Shick Shocks in English, is a group of mountains in the central Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec, Canada. It is a part of the Notre Dame Mountains, which is a continuation of the Appalachian Mountains.

They are heavily eroded, with flat tops and steep sides. Over 25 mountains have peaks higher than 1 km; the highest is Mont Jacques-Cartier at 1,268 metres. Caribou can be found in the plateaus of this region. Although visited by just a few tourists, Chic-Choc Mountains became much more popular in the late 90's as backcountry skiing gained popularity in Eastern Canada.

A network of trails, including the International Appalachian Trail, passes through these mountains. Quebec's "Parc de la Gaspésie" is located in this area.

The name "Chic-Choc" comes from a Mi'kmaq word meaning "impenetrable barrier".

External links

Mark A. Brennan Landscape Paintings of the Chic-Choc Mountains

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