6 Places for Woodland Walks

Updated on Feb 7, 2024

Wanna take a long, slow forest walk? Alone, as a couple, or with your family, head out to discover these paths made accessible for everyone.

La Forêt Habitée in Dudswell

In Dudswell, near Lac d’Argent, a small network of trails covering about twelve kilometres is waiting for you. Many interpretive panels have been installed so you can learn more about the forest residents. The Petit Lac trail, the Crêtes trail, the Ravage trail… No matter which one you choose, they’re all very well adapted for a family outing. Please note that the trails are closed during the hunting season.

Access fees: free
Dogs accepted on a leash: yes

Parc écologique Jean-Paul Forand

A stream, a pretty cascade, a marsh, countless birds, a rich and mature vegetation, six kilometres of easy, well-marked trails on a rather flat terrain, benches for contemplating your surroundings… Here, you’ll find everything you need for a relaxing nature outing! Good to know, for a more challenging option, the Parc des Montagnards trails that lead to the top of Mount Shefford (525 m) can also be accessed nearby. Both parks are part of the Réserve naturelle du Canton de Shefford.

Access fees: free
Dogs accepted on a leash: yes

©Samuel Foisy

Parc des Deux Rivières

Located in East Angus at the confluence of the Saint-François and Eaton rivers, this urban forest doesn’t give the impression it’s so close to town! With six kilometres of trails set inside the forest, its picnic areas and numerous belvederes overlooking the river, picnic areas, this park offers an enchanting setting for a family outing. On the main trail, you’ll also find one of the sheds, part of the Circuit des sheds panoramiques, which aims to centre stage the Haut-St-François region’s beautiful landscape and history. There are also two small fun nature challenge trails (unsupervised) accessible for small and tall alike.

Access fees: free
Dogs accepted on a leash: yes

Parc du Mont-Bellevue

Well known by Sherbrooke citizens, the Parc du Mont-Bellevue offers many kilometres of walking trails (and mountain bike trails) right in the heart of the city. To complete the entire perimeter of the park, you should plan to walk a distance of 6.5 km. And don’t miss reaching the top of Mont Bellevue, to the illuminated cross, where you can view a good part of the city below.

Access fees: free
Dogs accepted on a leash: yes

©Daphné Caron

The Sentiers de Piopolis

In Piopolis, you can enjoy walking on the Paths du Clocher which start out from the heart of the town. One of these will take you inside the forest on a poetic loop, whereas another will have you discover a marsh and its winged wildlife. For an amazing view overlooking the region, we suggest you take the Mount Scotch Cap trail where you’ll reach the top after a 1.5 km walk. Simply magnificent!

Access fees: free
Dogs accepted on a leash: yes

©Catherine Lecomte

The Sentiers du Morne and Maison du granit

Are you looking for grandiose view points easily accessible? Here, you can choose from three routes with lengths varying from 1.2 km to 1.8 km to reach the Morne’s summit and its observation tower. From there, at an altitude of 820 m, you’ll enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view where you can admire lake Drolet and the mountains all along the American border. An excellent effort/beauty-of-the-landscape ratio!
After your ballad, take a little time to discover the exhibit presenting the story behind the granite industry in the region and admire the outdoor works of art of the Jardin de sculptures.

Access fees: A $5 contribution is appreciated
Dogs accepted on a leash: yes

You should read

Trails for a Perfect Family Sunday Outing
Family-Friendly Hikes in the Eastern Townships
The Hiker’s Code


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