Hiking during Hunting Season in the Townships

Updated on Sep 15, 2021

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 2021.


©Daphné Caron

Les Sentiers de l’Estrie

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

In the Stoke Mountains sector ARE CLOSED :

  • Mont Chapman/Pic Bald (rang 14) and Grotte de l'ours (rang 11) from Septembre 29 to October 8, October 16 to 20 and from Novembre 6 to 21 2021.
  • Mont Élan From SEptember 29 to October 20, 2021.
  • Mont John Guillemette (rang 10) and Montagne du 10 (rang 8) from September 27 to October 8 and from Novembre 1 to 21, 2021.

The Kingsbury North and Richmond sector ARE CLOSED from:

  • Saturday, October 2 to Wednesday, October 20, 2021, inclusively
  • Saturday, November 6 to Sunday, November 21, 2021, inclusively

The trails of Sutton, Écho, Glen and Bolton sector ARE CLOSED from:

  • Saturday, September 25 to Wednesday, October 20, 2021, inclusively
  • Saturday, November 6 to November 21, 2021, inclusively

*Please note that access to Mount Echo, Nombril and Round Top from the S05 trail will remain open.

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 2 to October 20 and from November 6 to November 21, 2021.


©Pierre-Jean Moreau

The Sentiers frontaliers Trails

Trails outside the Mount Gosford sector ARE CLOSED from:

  • Saturday, October 2 to Friday, October 24, 2021
  • Saturday, November 6 to Sunday, November 21, 2021

Trails inside the Mount Gosford Sector ARE CLOSED from:

  • Monday, September 27 to Friday, October 8, 2021, inclusively
  • Saturday, October 16 to Friday, October 24, 2021, inclusively

Mount Hereford

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

  • Saturday, October 2 to Friday, October 8, 2021, inclusively
  • Saturday, October 16 to Wednesday, October 20, 2021, inclusively
  • Saturday, November 6 to Sunday, November 21, 2021, inclusively

©Pierre-Jean Moreau

The Mont Bélanger Trails

The Mont Bélanger hiking trails, and the campground, are closed from September 15, 2021, and will remain closed until mid-May 2022. 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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