The Laurentians are full of breathtaking landscapes to discover. In this fabulous decor, come and make your adventure a reality in a getaway atmosphere in the heart of nature. Experience wide open spaces where wildlife flourishes before your eyes. The region is your playground. Get out there!
Parks and Wildlife Reserves
The Laurentians region is a vast natural territory of lakes, rivers and mountains. It offers outdoor enthusiasts an unparalleled selection of parks for practicing their favourite activities. The area has options for beginners and seasoned adventurers alike. Take a leisurely stroll, climb a peak to enjoy the view, or set out on a long hike to explore the region in depth. With diverse plant and animal life, our parks are sure to provide an enriching experience.
A Stroll Through Nature
For visitors looking to take in the region’s beauty, a nature walk is a must. In summer, the Centre de plein air Roger-Cabana in Saint-Hippolyte has over 10 km of trails in an enchanting natural setting. Culture enthusiasts will also find what they are looking for as they make wonderful discoveries along the Art-Nature trail. Located in Saint-Jérôme, the Parc régional de la Rivière du Nord features a river, ponds, waterfalls and forests. There, you can walk along an arts trail where wooden sculptures relate the history of the park. And don’t miss out on a visit to Parc de la Rivière Doncaster, located to the north in Sainte-Adèle. With riverside trails and waterfalls, this jewel of the Laurentians is a peaceful and enchanting haven—and a spectacle for the eyes! All of these sites are easy to access and will be a big hit with every type of visitor.
Where Can I Observe Wildlife?
Do you dream of hiking amidst wild animals and plants? Visit the Parc régional Kiamika in Rivière-Rouge and discover an exceptional old growth forest ecosystem where the trees are approximately 175 years old. Diverse forms of untouched wildlife add great ecological value to this nature reserve. The Parc écologique Le Renouveau Rosaire-Sénécal in Nominingue has a number of walking trails that are perfect for spotting flora and fauna. An observation platform, a cabin and lots of birdfeeders make the experience even more enriching. The Réserve faunique de Papineau-Labelle in La Minerve is a delight for raspberry fans, who can pick the fruit that grows in abundance throughout this nature reserve. Walk along its trails to discover wildlife and take in the lake and hillside vistas.
Take the Calvaire d’Oka trail at Parc national d’Oka for a hike that’s rich in history. You won’t want to miss the stunning view of Deux-Montagnes lake from the top! In the Parc régional Val-David-Val-Morin, Mont Condor and Mont King are ideal for intermediate-level hikers. Take the 6.9-km loop that boasts no fewer than seven lookout points! Or, ascend Mont Kaaikop at L’Interval and feast your eyes on a panoramic view of the region atop the 838-metre peak. And once you’ve finished your hike, why not cool off with a dip in Lac Legault? Climb up Mont Tremblant from the resort for a truly spectacular view. While you’re there, have a nice picnic at the top or take a few snaps from the observation tower. In Labelle, discover Montagne Verte and its Nez-de-l’Indien trail for breathtaking views of Lac Tremblant.
Not Your Ordinary Hike
Does strolling through fragrant lavender fields at Maison Lavande in Saint-Eustache sound like a dream outing? Admire the beauty of this enchanting site and create precious memories as you sample lavender-infused frozen yogurt and scones. You can also enjoy a walk through the orchard at Domaine Lafrance in Saint-Joseph-du-Lac. Stop to eat lunch at a picnic table among the trees … and don’t leave until you’ve visited the boutique for a fresh snack and a can of delicious cider! Try the Tonga Lumina illuminated trail at Mont-Tremblant for a 1.5-km nighttime stroll through nature, following the footsteps of a giant. The adventure begins at the foot of the mountain!
More Kilometres, More Fun!
Do you live for long hikes? Parc national du Mont-Tremblant boasts 82 km of trails with 10 relays. From the Lac-Monroe visitors centre, set off on the Le Diable sector loop for three days and three nights of pure adventure. To the north in Ferme-Neuve, you can spend two, three, four or more nights on the mountain at Parc régional Montagne du Diable. Various trail routes are available to discover all the park’s natural wonders. Pack a backpack and get ready to put city life on pause!
Accessible Trails for Hikers with Reduced Mobility
Parc national d’Oka has three awe-inspiring trails in diverse scenery: L’Érablière (1.3 km), La Grande Baie (4 km) and La Sauvagine (11.8 km). Parc régional éducatif Bois de Belle-Rivière is fully accessible to hikers with reduced mobility. Note that the Multisports trail is slightly more challenging due to its uneven slope. Parc régional Val-David-Val-Morin offers a 3 km family hiking trail with several rest areas. During the hike, you can watch waterfowl from an observation deck and discover a heronry on the lake. You’ll want to keep your eyes wide open on this trail!
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