The warm, welcoming Laurentians region, north of Montreal, is an internationally renowned cycling destination. Revel in a wide variety of gourmet pleasures and a broad array of activities, and take in the wide-open spaces, endless forests, magnificent mountains and crystal-clear lakes. Come experience the P’tit Train du Nord Linear Park, an over 232 km bike path on an old railbed between Bois-des-Filion and Mont-Laurier. Explore the Laurentians by bike.
The sun rises over the Laurentians and it’s already such a beautiful day. The forests and grasses shimmer a myriad of greens in the wet dew. There is slight ripple on the surface of the lake due to a subtle breeze. Life is good in the Laurentians! I think I’ll have to draw straws to choose the day’s activities among the countless possibilities.
This morning, I’ll go for a bike ride on “Le P’tit Train du Nord” linear park or one of the other bike trails of the region. Then, for a well-deserved break, I will have a picnic on a beautiful beach while enjoying the breathtaking scenery, followed by a swim. I can’t wait for happy hour, when I will feast on local products and taste one of the region’s wines or a locally brewed beer. I can already picture myself on a terrace with a view of the sunset. How about tomorrow? I haven’t decided yet. I’m still debating between a horseback expedition, a nautical geocaching activity in the Mont-Tremblant National Park or mountain biking in the trails of the Montagne du Diable Regional Park, in Ferme-Neuve
The Laurentians’ parks have so much to offer! Proposed activities are diversified and unique! At the Poisson Blanc Regional Park, you can even have your own private island! The numerous islands of the Poisson Blanc Reservoir are dotted with rustic and intimate canoe-camping sites, accessible by boat only. There is no better way to take a break from daily routine, the ultimate escape!
Are you a nature lover? I recommend a visit to the Rivière Doncaster Regional Park. The park offers more than 10 km of hiking trails and brook trout fishing in season. The Rivière-du-Nord Regional Park will also charm you with the gorgeous Wilson Falls, ideal setting for a picnic. Hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, skiing and snowshoeing are only a few examples of activities offered.
In the Lower Laurentians, the Bois de Belle-Rivière Regional Park is the perfect destination for family activities. You can try hiking in the trails or gardens, swimming, fishing or horseback riding. At Oka National Park, you can enjoy the supervised beach, hiking trails and cycling trails. Why not take a break at the Oka Calvary? With four oratories and three chapels, it is a historical infrastructure unique in America. You prefer kayaking or canoeing? The Rivière-des-Mille-Îles Park is the place to be.
If you are looking for magnificent views that take your breath away, go to the Mont-Tremblant National Park, or the Val-David-Val-Morin Regional Park. Dufresne sector is a great place for mountain climbing.
Finally, why not end your stay with a pontoon excursion? The Aventure Forestière is a guided cruise with nature observation, where you learn about the history of the islands and discover the Kiamika reservoir and surrounding forest in the Kiamika Regional Park.
As you can see, the list is long and I have only given you a brief overview! I think I will end my stay in a hut perched up in the trees. Or in a Huttopia tent. Or under the starry skies… 😉
(Blogger for Tourism Laurentians)