Getting Ready

Once you have gotten all relevant information and you have decided that the Circuit de l’Abbaye is what you want to undertake, the first step is to register here. Be careful if you register later in the season, as in the beginning of September many accommodation providers close for the off-season.

Then, while your Pilgrim’s Kit is on its way, you can prepare according to the outline below.

Get Physically Fit

There are as many preparation and training methods as there are walkers. Here are a few suggestions to get you started. If long-distance walking is new to you, begin training 3 to 9 months in advance, at least 2 or 3 times per week, with your gear. Gradually increase your distance until you reach at least 15 km per day. On the Circuit, the average distance walked on a given day is 18 km, but there are also 25-km days. Read our Release from Liability Clause to familiarize yourself with the risks involved in long-distance walking.

Study the Route

To enhance your experience on the Circuit de l’Abbaye, we encourage you to study the route. Discover the different localization tools available, such as our interactive map. Make reservations for your lodging, starting with places where accommodation is scarcer, such as Saint-Étienne-de-Bolton and Owl’s Head sector. You can look up alternative lodging services such as AirBnb, but we do not list them on our directory.

Get Equipped

To avoid injuries and ensure that your journey on the Circuit de l’Abbaye is an enjoyable one, it is important to be smartly equipped. There is no universal list: some will find that there are items missing from our list (below) while others will find that there is just too much. It is up to you to decide what you consider to be essential.

  • Backpack (maximum 35 litres for women; 45 litres for men)
  • Map of the Circuit
  • Walking sticks (essential to keep dogs at bay and as a walking aid)
  • Animal repellent spray (optional)
  • Healthcare card
  • Sleeping bag (depending on your choice of accommodations)
  • Cash, credit card, ATM card
  • Address book
  • Notepad and pencil
  • Water bottle or bag (holding at least 1.5 litre)
  • Lightweight utensils
  • Safety pins
  • Waterproof bag or zipper plastic bags (to protect items from the rain, keep items together, hold a first aid kit, etc.)
  • Medication (if you take any!)

  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Everything you need to care for sore feet and muscle aches
  • Watch
  • Pocket knife
  • Flashlight/headlamp
  • Spare eyeglasses and sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Toiletries
  • A kit for attending nature’s calls: toilet paper and plastic zipper bags (to store used paper), a trowel, hand sanitizer
  • Walking shoes and a spare pair of shoes
  • Enough clothing for the journey (thin AND thick socks, underwear, t-shirts, shorts, pants, windbreaker, hat, raincoat, polar fleece sweater, night clothes)
  • Energy bars, nuts and dried fruits