Take your pick: adrenaline packed or slow and contemplative?
OK! The time has come for you to put on a warm sweater and your hiking boots because Mother Nature is presenting her best performance on our trails!
By Carolyne Parent
In our Townships, the forest is never far away and in autumn, it becomes particularly inviting. As we walk through the woods, we can appreciate the fine aromas of the under growth and the multitude of incandescent colours. All this as we climb up to views that bring out OHs! and AHs! As a bonus, we’re able to observe all kinds of birds as they gather here as well.
The Burbank Pond, in Danville
Beginner Ornithologists, take out your binoculars! You’ll be comfortably observing some 220 bird species, that dwell in this natural protected environment. A belvedere, a long footbridge, towers and an aviary are available for your use. Charming you say? And how!
Total length of trails: 4 km
A “plus” in the area: the restaurant Le Temps des cerises, established in an old church.
Mount Gale, in Bromont
Head up the trail called Le Sommet, a relatively easy climb, to admire the amazing view overlooking the beautiful Bromont region.
Length: 6 km loop
A “plus” in the area: After this effort, enjoy a relaxing time at BALNÉA, spa and réserve thermale.
Mount Hereford, in East Hereford
Different forest environments, streams, a waterfall, a rich fowl fauna, looking out on top of the third highest summit of the Eastern Townships . . . yes, hiking on the Neil-Tillotson trail is simply amazing!
Length: 12 km in and out
A “plus” in the area: the cold smoked trout of the Les Bobines fish farm.
Parc d’environnement naturel de Sutton (PENS)
What will be your reward as you arrived at the summit of the Round Top trail? A spectacular panorama, overlooking the Green Mountains.
Length: 7.4 km return
A “plus” in the area: The Autumn Festival, every weekend from September 14 to October 15, 2018.
Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook
Take the kids on a fresh air outing and go from surprise to surprise on these trails. They will take you through several attractions, but reserve the suspended bridge for the end!
Level: beginner and intermediate
Length: three loops of 3.5 km, 6 km and 10 km.
A “plus” in the area: The ice cream bar at the Laiterie Coaticook, absolutely!
Parc national du Mont-Mégantic, in Notre-Dame-des-Bois
And off we go for a hike, with baby in tow, because the Promenade boréale trail (in the Observatory sector) and the Promenade du ruisseau (Franceville sector) are both accessible to strollers with big wheels.
Length: one loop of 2 km and the other, 2.5 km
A “plus” in the area: The Astrolab and the Popular Observatory to explore the sky after having taken on the mountain.
Parc national du Mont-Orford, in Orford
Are you ready for a challenge? Head out on the breathtaking trails of les Crêtes which will take you to the summit of Mount Orford. It also passes by Mount Alfred-DesRochers, named in honour of the poet, father of Quebec’s beloved Clémence.
Length: 18.7 km in and out
A “plus” in the area: The Orford Vineyard, to celebrate your conquest of the mountain!
Parc régional du Mont-Ham, at Mont-Sud
As a family, you’ll enjoy these short hikes. When you arrive at the summit with a minimum of effort by the Panoramic trail, you’ll be able to admire a grandiose landscape which can’t be outdone by any other.
Length: 2.1 km
A “plus” in the area: The terroir menu of the Auberge La Mara.
A reminder: Before leaving for your hiking adventure, don’t forget to check when the trails will be closed during the hunting season, just in case!