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Trails access

Trails access

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Additional information

Day pass must be purchased online online

Welcome Centre

Welcome Centre

Opening hours : 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Réserve Naturelle Gault - Bord de l'eau

Trails condition

Snowy, crampons recommended
Réserve Naturelle Gault - Bord de l'eau

Cross-country skiing

Groomed

Schedule

Opening hours
Welcome Center : 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Trails : 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Réserve naturelle Gault - Randonnée

Hiking

25 km of trails is yours to discover. Please make sure to follow instructions, rules and do not use closed trails.

Réserve naturelle Gault - OIseaux

Bird watching

The Société d’ornithologie de la Vallée du Richelieu (SOVDR) is a partner of Gault Nature Reserve

Réserve naturelle Gault - Hiver

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing

Snowshoeing is allowed only on designated trails. During the winter, snowshoers and hikers use the same trails. Off-trails is not permited at all time. Hikers, do not walk on the ski trails. Skiing is not allowed outside the official ski network.

Trails

EMERGENCY : 911
McGill security : 514 398-3000

Réserve Naturelle Gault - Bord de l'eau

Hiking and Cross-Country Skiing

Trail conditions are frequently updated, please visit our homepage.
All Hike Times ratings are approximate.

2020 Trail Map 2021 Winter Trail Map

Trail

Burned Hill Loop (Orange and Yellow)

Lenght

4.0 km

Elevation

177 m

Time

1h30

Trail

Pain-de-sucre (Yellow)

Lenght

5.4 km

Elevation

281 m

Time

1h45

Trail

Dieppe (Green)

Lenght

7.6 km

Elevation

238 m

Time

3h00

Trail

Rocky 1 Loop (Red and Green)

Lenght

8.0 km

Elevation

267 m

Time

3h30

Trail

Rocky 2 Loop (Blue and Red)

Lenght

5.5 km

Elevation

267 m

Time

3h30

Trail

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING - ROUTE NO 1

Lenght

3.8 km

Elevation

Easy

Time

Trail

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING - ROUTE NO 2

Lenght

4.2 KM

Elevation

Difficult

Time

Trail

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING - ROUTE NO 3

Lenght

4.8 km

Elevation

Very difficult

Time

Trail

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING - ROUTE NO 4

Lenght

5.4 km

Elevation

Very difficult

Time

Day Pass

DAY PASS

  • The Day Pass is available online online only.
  • The Day Pass is non-transferrable and non-refundable.
  • Visitors must book according to the time slots available prior their visit.
  • If a time slot is not available, it means that all tickets are sold. There is no waiting list.
  • The Day Pass is valid only on the date and time selected during your purchase and allows you to stay until closure.
  • 17 years old and under do not have to buy a ticket or make a reservation.

DAILY RATE

Categories Rate
Child (0 to 17 years old) No online purchase required Free
Adult $8

Cross-country skiing Fee
Cross-country skiers must pay an extra fee of 5$ at the Welcome Center. Free for annual cardholder.

(taxes inc.)
Day Pass Terms of Use

GROUPS
No organized group (school, sport or other) are allowed.

GEAR RENTALS
We’re taking precautionary steps due to COVID-19, so we’re pausing our equipment rental for the moment.

Annual Card

ANNUAL CARD

No need to make a reservation if you have an annual card.

How to purchase :

  • In person at the Welcome Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • You must buy day pass online prior your visit.
  • If you buy your Annual Card on the same day, your Day Pass fee will be refund. Proof of payment required.

Annual Card Renewal

  • We will send you a renewal notice few weeks before your expiration date. Please check your spam mailbox. Email us if you did not received it.
  • If you renew online and before the expiration date of your annual card, a 10% discount will be applied.

Carte Citoyen

  • Through an agreement with the City of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, the residents of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, will receive a 10% discount when showing a residence proof. That discount is offered only in person at the Welcome Center.

RATES - ANNUAL CARD

ANNUAL CARD REGULAR CITOYEN
18-64 years old $79 $71
65 + $67 $60

(taxes inc.)
Annual Card Terms of Use

Rules

CODE OF ETHICS ON THE TRAILS

One-way trails

  • Please obey one-way travel on the trails.
  • Due to the one-way nature of some trails, you will be required to complete the entire circuit. Please ensure you are properly prepared before using the trail.

Two-way trails

  • On two-way trails, hikers coming uphill have the right of way.
  • Keep right, pass left. Be predictable! Call out when passing. If you want to pass, clearly and politely communicate your plans to other users so that they have time to react.

At the summit

  • Do not gather in groups at the summit. Always keep a distance of at least 2 metres from other people.

RULES

Some activities are incompatible with our goal of protecting the ecological integrity of the Reserve so that it can be appreciated by future generations. The following restrictions therefore apply throughout the Reserve, and to visitors from the University as well as the general public. Special permissions are approved by the Reserve's management team only.

Visitors shall NOT:

  • Walk dogs or other animals, with the exception of guide dogs
  • Swim, wade, boat or fish on Lac Hertel
  • Camp or build campfires
  • Open any new trails or make shortcuts along existing trails
  • Hike after closing time
  • Smoke
  • Operate motorcycles bicycles, snowmobiles or other vehicles
  • Ride horses
  • Hang glide, climbing or orienteering activities
  • Play ball
  • Ski offtrails
  • Listen to music without headphones
  • Operate a drone or other remotely operated device
  • Feed, disturb, trap or hunt animals
  • Collect plants or minerals
  • Release any animals or introduce any plants

COVID-19

Every individual has their part to play to reduce the risk of spreading viruses.

  • No indoor or outdoor groups or gatherings are allowed.
  • The practice of hiking or cross-country skiing must be limited to the family bubble (each member of your bubble must reside at the same address).
  • Wearing a mask is compulsory inside buildings, in toilets and in queues.
  • One person per household is allowed in the buildings.Check the maximum number of people allowed in buildings.
  • When the two-meter distance cannot be respected, wearing a mask is recommended on trails, at summits and in parking lots.
  • Rental of equipment, meeting rooms and accommodation is suspended.
  • Gault Nature Reserve is located in the Red Zone : Interregional travel not recommend.
  • The Reserve will review, on an ongoing basis, the services offered based on the level of risk and the directives of public health organizations.

SAFETY MEASURES

  • Sanitize your hands often: bring your hand sanitizer.
  • Maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres from others, including in parking lots and trail entrances.
  • Do not move picnic tables.

GUIDELINES
If you are sick, please protect others by staying home and not visiting the Reserve until you are well. Please stay home if:

  1. You have any of these symptoms: cough, fever, difficulty breathing, sudden loss of smell; OR
  2. You have been out of the country in the last two weeks; OR
  3. You are in contact with someone who has COVID-19

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