12 Easy Hikes Less Than 2 Hours From Montreal That Won't Break Your Back
Lace up your hiking boots!
It seems as though our province is filled with hikers nowadays. It's hard not to fall in love with the fabulous views that this hobby provides you with from spring to fall. And for those who aren't used to hiking, you can always start off with smaller mountains, which is why we've made a list of easy hikes near Montreal.
Hiking is truly a perfect thing to do with your friends on a beautiful sunny day, because not only is it inexpensive, but it also helps you stay active.
And since the ones on this list are small hikes with a well-balanced level of difficulty, you'd be able to chat and gossip while you climb and see what nature has to offer.
Exploring extraordinary views has never seemed so easy with these 12 hikes less than two hours from Montreal.
All you need to do now is get some hiking boots!
Address: 4380, Chemin du Parc Orford, Orford, QC
Why you have to go: The landscape is truly picturesque. At the top, you'll have a view of the Appalachians, as well as many lakes.
Plus, you can bring a lunch and eat it on the picnic tables available up at the top.
Belvédère De La Croix
Address: 200, Chemin du Massif, Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci, QC
Why you have to go: For a little wander in the Regional Park of the Forêt Ouareau.
The 2.5-kilometre hike should take you between an hour and a half and two hours. For a fairly easy hike, the view is impressive.
Sentier Des Cascades
Address: Route 161, Ham-Nord, QC
Why you have to go: A 1.5-kilometre trail on the banks of the Des Vases River that will take you to see magnificent waterfalls.
Warning: the terrain isn't flat at all times, there's a bit of climbing between the rocks to do, but nothing too complicated.
Calvary of Oka
Address: 2020, rue Oka, Oka, QC
Why you have to go: Located in the Oka National Park, this hike is 4.4 kilometres of pure happiness.
At the top, you can check out the three chapels built in 1742. You can even bring your canine friend along for the ride.
Address: 422, rue des Moulins, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC
Why you have to go: This is the place for beginners. A 25-kilometre trail network and four peaks right next to Hertel Lake await you.
You'll be able to choose the easiest trail for you among several choices.
Address: 330, Rang des 25 E., Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC
Why you have to go: Another easy classic where your debutante friends will have a lot of fun.
Located in Mont-Saint-Bruno National Park, the 27-kilometre network of trails goes around five lakes.
So, you have many choices and you can even take a short hike lasting an hour and a half.
Parc National De Plaisance
Address: 1001, Chemin des Presqu'îles, Plaisance, QC
Why you should go: Two beginner-level trails are offered here: the Sarcelle Marsh and the Suspension Bridge.
Personally, we recommend the first one, which is three kilometres long, just enough to get a little out of breath and see some beautiful things.
Parc National Des Îles-de-Boucherville
Address: 55, Sainte-Marguerite Island, Boucherville, QC
Why you should go: Depending on the length of time, the number of kilometres you want to walk, and the landscape you want to explore, there are seven trails to choose from.
The fun part is that they're all easy, so you can do them all in one day, or you can go several times and never do the same one.
Parc National Du Mont-Tremblant
Address: 4456, Chemin du Lac-Supérieur, Mont-Tremblant, QC
Why you have to go: You will be able to contemplate the magnificent devil's waterfall during your 1.6-kilometre hike.
There are 23 trails, but ten are considered easy. So, the choice is yours!
Parc De La Gorge
Address: 135, rue Michaud, Coaticook, QC
Why you have to go: This park is just beautiful. There are many trails available, but we recommend the 3.5-kilometre Gorge Trail.
Address: 767, rue Ouareau N., Saint-Donat, QC
Why you have to go: An easy hike with an incredible view of a lake and several mountains, what more could you want?
The viewpoint is only two kilometres away and if you're comfortable, you can then choose to continue on your adventure.
Address: 16, rue du Sous-Bois, Mont-Saint-Grégoire
Why you have to go: An easy and simple hike. When at the top, in good weather, you can even see other mountains in Montérégie or Vermont.
This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.
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