Highly colourful mini hikes

Our fall selection of trails for those shorter hikes

Walking in the forest to the sound of the crunch of leaves, breathing in the cooler air, and being blow away by nature transforming itself before our very eyes. I think we can all agree that there are worse things, right? Fall hikes are always magical!

Because we know that you don't necessarily have endless hours to devote to a nature outing, our team wishes to suggest a few tailor-made mini-hike trails conveniently located close to the city. Walks just long enough for you to enjoy a nice big dose of fresh air and happiness.

Quentin Orain | © Sépaq

A hop, skip, and jump from Montreal

Parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville

From Montreal, you can reach the splendid islands of this national park in the blink of an eye. Grande-Rivière trail is perfect for a short outing.  This easy-level 90-minute walk offers you the chance to explore the island nature of the park. You will quickly be charmed by this luxuriant nature!

Parc national du Mont-Saint-Bruno

Located near Montreal, Parc national du Mont-Saint-Bruno is the perfect place for a mini hike. A special mention to Le Saint-Gabriel trail, a 45-minute loop, where visitors can walk down a trail profoundly marked by the Brothers of Saint Gabriel. A memorial, a cemetery, a cave, and an arboretum grouping 60 different kinds of deciduous and coniferous trees and shrubs will all unfold before your eyes along this circuit. On the way back, you can swing by the orchard to pick crisp and yummy apples. 

Parc national du Mont-Tremblant

Even though Parc national du Mont-Tremblant is known as a mecca for water activity enthusiasts, hiking is nevertheless among the park’s most popular activities. In La Diable sector, magnificent La Corniche trail offers a 90-minute roundtrip that includes a superb view of Lac Monroe valley and the Mont-Tremblant highlands. During fall, the scenery is simply out of this world! This trail is canine accessible should you wish to bring along your four-legged pal.

Parc national d’Oka

Only 35 minutes from Montreal, Parc national d’Oka invites you to any one of its trio of magnificent trails perfect for a short walk of between 25 and 80 minutes. And you won’t want to miss an 80-minute amble along Calvaire d’Oka trail where you’ll go on a trip back in time. This trail was initially set up by Sulpicians to evangelize the Indigenous population. This is why you’ll find three chapels that have been on the scene since 1742, as well as a sublime panoramic lookout providing a view of the entire region. For ornithology enthusiasts, Grande-Baie trail is a real hot spot for migratory birds where marshes and a golden maple forest come together.

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Parc national du Mont-Saint-Bruno
Parc national du Mont-Saint-Bruno Mathieu Dupuis | © Sépaq
Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier
Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier Steve Deschênes | © Sépaq
Parc national de Frontenac
Parc national de Frontenac Nancy Guignard | © Sépaq

Quick tip!

At home, make sure to use the virtual ticketing system to purchase your daily right of access.

Reminder: Holders of an Annual Québec National Parks Card or an Annual Card for a single park don't need to purchase a daily right of access.

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