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June 15th 2021

Tips for a Successful Hike

The Gault Nature Reserve has a network of hiking trails to suit all comers, regardless of your goals, experience level or pace. No matter which route you choose, we have a few tips to help you make the most of your time in the great outdoors.

Check the trail map before you head out. The trail map has information on trail lengths, elevation changes and how long it’ll take to complete your hike, so you can pick a trail that suits the time of day and you or your group’s fitness level. It’s easier to plan and enjoy your hike when you know what to expect.

  • Bring water. Water is probably the most important thing to bring with you, especially on hot days. Make sure to hydrate before you set out and take small sips regularly throughout the hike before you feel thirsty.

  • Pack snacks and eat along the trail to keep hunger at bay and avoid a sugar crash. Hiking can burn a lot of calories!

  • Don’t forget sunscreen for protection against harmful UV rays. The tree cover offers some shelter from the sun, but you could still get a sunburn.

  • Bug off! Bring bug spray and apply it as needed. You may encounter ticks, mosquitoes or other creepy-crawlies on your hike. And remember to stay on the trails to help keep ticks from hitching a ride!

  • Be kind to the environment and disturb it as little as possible so you can fully appreciate the natural beauty of your surroundings. Little things add up, so be sure to stay on the marked trails (even if they’re muddy), don’t pick plants, leave wildlife alone, pick up your trash and be respectful of other visitors. It’s the best way to ensure the reserve can be enjoyed well into the future.

  • Check out the Reserve’s website for more information on trail rules and etiquette.

The hiking promotion group Rando-Québec offers resources for hikers. You can find their free kit and the hiker’s code of ethics on their website. (French only)



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