Trail List

Featured in Hiking Trails of Montréal are 50 walking routes found in the province of Québec in or within 150 km (90 mi) of the City of Montréal. These trail range from easy family strolls in municipal parks to wilderness treks on mountain summits overlooking the United States, and include some truly wonderful hiking. Yet it provides only a sample of what is available to an enthusiastic rambler. Hopefully, with the assistance of this work, you will discover how much great hiking is possible in Québec, and begin what will be many years of exploration and enjoyment.

I divided the listings into five geographic districts, each roughly based upon the Région aministrative du Québec, and in each of these districts ten hiking paths have been profiled. The selections have been made to ensure that each region contains a variety of challenges. Of the ten routes in each district, some are easy - designed for casual walkers, some moderately challenging - requiring at least 2-3 hours and some effort to complete, and at least one or two are more demanding - exceeding 15 km (9.4 mi) in distance and/or of above average difficulty.

A. Montréal-Laval:
  1. Arboretum Morgan
  2. Lachine Canal Multipurpose Path
  3. Parc des Rapides
  4. Parc du Mont-Royal
  5. Parc-nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies
  6. Parc-nature de l'Île-de-la-Visitation
  7. Parc-nature du Bois-de-Liesse
  8. Parc-nature du Bois-de-l'Île-Bizard
  9. Parc-nature du Cap-Saint-Jacques
  10. Route verte - Laval
B. Lanaudière:
  1. Circuit Trans-Terrebonne
  2. Parc national du Mont-Tremblant – La Chute-aux-Rats
  3. Parc national du Mont-Tremblant – Le Carcan
  4. Parc régional des Chutes-Monte-à-Peine-et-des-Dalles
  5. Sentier de la Matawinie
  6. Sentier du Mont-Ouareau
  7. Sentier Inter-CentreMontagne Noire
  8. Sentiers du Lac en Coeur
  9. Sentiers Grande-Vallée
  10. Société de Conservation, d’Interprétation et de Recherche de Berthier et ses Îles

C. Laurentides (Laurentians):
  1. Boisé multiressource von Allmen
  2. Centre d’accès à la nature de l’UQAM
  3. Centre touristique et éducatif des Laurentides
  4. Parc de la rivière Doncaster
  5. Parc du Corridor aérobique
  6. Parc national d’Oka
  7. Parc national du Mont-Tremblant – Le Toit-des-Laurentides
  8. Parc régional de la Rivière-du-Nord
  9. Parc régional éducatif Bois de Belle-Rivière
  10. P’tit Train du Nord - Piedmont

D. Montérégie:
  1.  Centre de la nature du mont Saint-Hilaire
  2. Mont Saint-Grégoire
  3. Parc Les Salines
  4. Parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville
  5. Parc national du Mont-Saint-Bruno
  6. Parc régional de Beauharnois-Salaberry
  7. Parc régional Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle
  8. Refuge faunique Marguerite-d’Youville
  9. Réserve nationale de faune du lac Saint-François
  10. Sentiers de L’escapade

E. Cantons-de-l'Est:
  1. Centre d'interprétation de la nature du lac Boivin
  2. Parc d'environnement naturel de Sutton
  3. Parc national de la Yamaska
  4. Parc national du Mont Orford - Mont-Chauve
  5. Parc national du Mont Orford - Pic de l’Ours
  6. Parc national du Mont Orford - Trois-Étangs
  7. Réserve naturelle des Montagnes-Vertes – Mont Singer
  8. Sentiers de Bromont
  9. Sentier de l'Ardoise
  10. Station touristique Owl’s Head
The final selection of the routes profiled in Hiking Trails of Montréal was mine alone/ I recognize that I view the area as a visitor and tourist and that this coloured my selection. If I left out your favourite trail, or you disagree with my choices, please let me know by posting a comment on the blog.

Hiking Trails of Montréal is intended to whet your appetite and to get you started. Where you go from here will be up to you.


E Uva said...

Hiking trails are the hidden gems of Montreal.

Aimee said...

Great list. I am visiting Montreal and this is super helpful!

Aimee said...

Great list. I am visiting Montreal and needed a list like this!

Christelle Aoun said...

We will be in Montreal mid June, we're not professional hikers but we're fit so i believe a 2-3 hours hike would suit us, which trails do you recommend? We want to ensure we make the right choice cause we might not get the chance to explore more than 2 and we want to see the best scenery!

Michael Haynes said...

Christelle: Much depends on how far from the city you are able to travel. Most of the paths near the urban area are short, or bike paths (although several of these are somewhat scenic). Mont Saint-Hilaire is choice #1; Mont-Saint-Bruno is easier walking, but less panoramic views. But if you can travel further, any of Le Carcan, Mont-Ouareau, Centre ... l'UQAM, or Centre ... des Laurentides are worthwhile. Note: expect blackflies.

Christelle Aoun said...

Thank you very much for the suggestions Michael, much appreciated!