Hiking during Hunting Season in the Townships

Autumn has arrived and many people wish to take advantage of this time of year to go hiking. Careful though! Many trails in the Eastern Townships are closed during the big game hunting season. Will your favourite trail be open or not this autumn? Here’s a little guide to help you find all the information you’ll need.

Open All Year Round

Here’s a list of the most popular hiking trails in the Townships that remain open all year round; hunting is forbidden on these territories chasse.

  • Parc national du Mont-Orford
  • Parc national du Mont-Mégantic
  • Parc national de Frontenac
  • Parc national de la Yamaska
  • Parc régional du Mont-Ham
  • Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook
  • Mont Pinacle in Baldwin Mills
  • Parc d’environnement naturel de Sutton
  • Parc écoforestier de Johnville
  • Marais de la Rivière aux Cerises in Magog
  • Parc des Sommets Network in Bromont
  • Parc des montagnards and Parc écologique Jean-Paul Forand in Shefford
  • Sentiers du Morne et de la Maison du Granit
  • Piopolis Trail Network, including Mount Scotch Cap
  • Parc du Mont-Bellevue in Sherbrooke

Closed during Hunting Season

Depending on the sector, the dates reserved for hunting will vary from one year to the next. Therefore, here are some dates indicating when the region’s most popular trail networks will be closed during the autumn of 2020.


©Daphné Caron

Les Sentiers de l’Estrie

The closing dates for this trail network vary depending on the sector.

The Kingsbury North sector and the Stoke mountains ARE CLOSED from:

  • Saturday, October 3 to Wednesday, October 21, 2020, inclusively
  • Saturday, November 7 to Sunday, November 22, 2020, inclusively

The trails south of the Parc national du Mont-Orford, including, among others, mounts Chagnon, Glen, Singer and Echo*, ARE CLOSED from:

  • Saturday, September 26 to Wednesday, October 21, 2020, inclusively
  • Saturday, November 7 to November 22, 2020, inclusively

*Please note that access to Mount Echo from Chemin de la Falaise in Sutton will remain open until November 7, 2020.

Circulating in the Brompton zone (route 220 to route 222) and the Kingsbury South zone (route 222 to km 9) is allowed, but at your own risk because hunting is permitted from October 3 to October 21 and from November 7 to November 22, 2020.


©Pierre-Jean Moreau

The Sentiers frontaliers Trails

Trails outside the Mount Gosford sector ARE CLOSED from:

  • Saturday, October 3 to November 22, 2020

Trails inside the Mount Gosford Sector ARE CLOSED from:

  • Monday, September 28 to Friday, October 9, 2020, inclusively
  • Saturday, October 17 to Sunday October 25, 2020, inclusively

Mount Hereford

The Hereford Community Forest hiking and biking trails ARE CLOSED from:

  • Saturday, October 3 to Friday, October 9, 2020, inclusively
  • Saturday, October 17 to Wednesday, October 21, 2020, inclusively
  • Saturday, November 7 to Sunday, November 22, 2020, inclusively

©Pierre-Jean Moreau

The Mont Bélanger Trails

The Mont Bélanger hiking trails, and the campground, are closed from September 13, 2020, and will remain closed until mid-May 2021. The trails are not maintained during the winter.

At all times, remember to wear bright-coloured clothing and to be very careful. Have a great hiking season!


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