Nature Park ‘Bois de l’Île Bizard’, île Bizard, Ste-Geneviève, Montreal, Quebec

The Nature Park ‘Bois de l’Ile Bizard’ includes sugar maple trees, cedar groves and marshes. It has a magnificent view of the Lake of Two Mountains. This is a place where you can go walking and cycling but also in winter you can practice cross-country skiing (20km) or go snowshoeing (10km). There are several paths in this large star-shaped park; it even has a bridge that crosses the great swamp. You can see some animals like ducks, beavers, turtles, birds. In spring and fall, it’s a good place to watch migrating geese and other birds in the lake. In summer you can also enjoy swimming, canoeing, fishing or having a picnic (barbecue allowed).

Tips

If you want to walk around with your pet, in this park it’s possible.
In winter you have a snowshoe and ski rental on site.
The park is open all year long.

Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Mont Saint-Hilaire is one of nine Monteregians hills located near Montreal (30km east). It is named in honor of Hilary of Poitiers, Doctor of the Church, and is part of the core area of the biosphere reserve of Mont-Saint-Hilaire. It covers an area of 16 km2 on the right side of the St. Lawrence River basin, separated from the city of Beloeil by the Richelieu River, giving its name to the municipality that is at his feet, the town of Mont Saint-Hilaire. It includes Lake Hertel. a reception pavilion, a career and the Gault Nature Reserve of McGill University with an area of just over 5 km open to visitors for outdoor activities where there are 4 peaks (Sugar Loaf, hill Burned, Rocky and Dieppe). There are several types of forests with a very diversified fauna and flora, and there are a variety of over 300 minerals. You can do cross-country skiing, hiking and bird watching.

Tips

If you want to get a good view of the region and see the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, go to the Sugar Loaf, you can also see the Adirondack mountains in upstate New York. From the top of Dieppe, you will see the Richelieu River. If you want to know the paths that are open to the public, go to the website site of the Nature Center to get a map. If you are a group of 20 people or more, you must apply for a permit to make your hike.

Mont-Sainte-Anne, St-Féréole-des-Neiges, Beaupré, Quebec, Canada

Mont-Sainte-Anne is a ski resort in the town of Beaupré in the borough of St-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Quebec, Canada, located about 40 km (25 mi) northeast of Quebec City. The mountain is part of the Laurentian mountain chain. The mountain has a summit elevation of 800 m (2,625 ft) above sea level and a vertical drop of 625 m (2,051 ft).

Tips

Alpine ski

The montain hosted several World Cups and notably known for the high quality expert slope, Mont-Sainte-Anne offers to all categories of skiers and snowboarders, a variety of tracks suitable for them. Three sides of the mountain has 69 tracks covering an area of 182 hectares and a length of 69 km, with a vertical drop of 625 meters and 10 lifts. In the evening, 19 tracks greet fans with the highest vertical lightened slope in Canada. The top of the station receives an average of 400 inches of snow per year.

Cross-country ski

The cross-country ski center Mont-Sainte-Anne has 200 km of trails for classic and 191 km for skating. It is located 7 km east of the Alpine ski resort and includes a track that connects the foot of the mountain to the bottom of the ski center itself.

Mountain biking

Mont-Sainte-Anne offers mountain bikers a network of high-caliber trails, one of the largest in eastern Canada.

Walking hiking

The resort also has 42 miles of hiking trails.

Free flight

For free flight enthusiasts, seven takeoffs are available according to flight conditions, and three officials and four emergency landings. A vocational school is open all year. There is a specially equipped training hill and several trails for practice on the ground. An open mechanical reassembled 11 months per year allows to fly several times a day. A path leads to the summit when gondolas are closed.

Other activities

Winter : Snowshoeing, dogsledding, paragliding, sleigh rides, ice skating, snowmobiling (nearby), spa.

Summer: Campground, paragliding, hiking, golf, mountain biking.