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Trails access

Trails access

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Additional information

Day pass must be purchased online online

Visitors Pavilion

Visitors Pavilion

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

Réserve Naturelle Gault - Bord de l'eau

Trails condition

Cleared

Schedule

Opening hours
Visitors Pavilion : 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Trails : 8 a.m. to 6:00 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

COVID-19 : CODE OF ETHICS ON THE TRAILS
EMERGENCY : 911 or McGill security : 514 398-3000.

One-way 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.

  • Some trails are now one-way only, please refer to the trail map.

  • See below the trail map.
  • Click here to download the trail map.

Two-way trails

  • On two-way trails, hikers coming uphill have the right of way.

  • Please obey one-way travel on the trails.

  • 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.
Réserve Naturelle Gault - Bord de l'eau

Hiking

Click below to download and print the map.

Destination

Rocky path 1

Distance

3.8 km

Altitude

400 m

Time

1h30

Destination

Rocky path 2

Distance

4.7 km

Altitude

400 m

Time

1h40

Destination

Burned Hill

Distance

1.2 km

Altitude

300 m.

Time

35 min.

Destination

Trottoir de bois

Distance

1 km

Altitude

Time

17 min.

Destination

Dieppe

Distance

3.8 km

Altitude

371 m

Time

1h15

Destination

Boucle mauve

Distance

4.9 km

Altitude

-

Time

1h30

Destination

Pain-de-sucre

Distance

2.7 km

Altitude

413 m.

Time

1h00

Destination

Hertel Lake

Distance

0.5 km

Altitude

Time

10 min.

Rates

Daily fees (taxes inc.)

The day pass must be purchased online .

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

Day pass Terms of Use

Annual card fees (taxes inc.)

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

Annual Card Terms of Use

”Carte citoyen” category : Through an agreement with the City of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, the residents of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, will receive a 10% discount when showing their Carte citoyen or a residence proof. That discount is offered only in person at the Visitors Pavilion.

Equipment rental fees
No equipement rental at this moment.

School Groups

No groups are allowed.

Rules

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: GUIDELINES AND SAFETY MEASURES
Every individual has their part to play to reduce the risk of spreading viruses.

SAFETY MEASURES
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

INSTRUCTIONS

  • 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.

The Reserve will review, on an ongoing basis, the services offered based on the level of risk and the directives of public health organizations.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Quality survey :activities and trails

For any comments or suggestions related to outdoor activities, you can fill this survey.

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