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Trail access

Trail access

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Welcome Centre opening hours

Welcome Centre opening hours

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Trail conditions

Changing (muddy, snowy, icy)

We are open every day of the year

Hiking trails schedule

Period Opening hour Closing hour
November to March During normal eastern time 8 a.m. 4 p.m.
April to November During eastern daylight saving time 8 a.m. 6 p.m.
Exception: April 16 to August 31 8 a.m. 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Center schedule

All year: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Activities

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Hiking

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

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Bird watching

Gault Nature Reserve is recognized as a Migratory Bird Sanctuary since 1960. The Société d’ornithologie de la Vallée du Richelieu (SOVDR) is a partner of Gault Nature Reserve offering activities in the region.

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Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing

Snowshoes can be used on snowy trails. The cross-country skiing season has not begun yet. Keep up with the opening of the trails on our homepage.

Trails

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Hiking and Cross-Country Skiing

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McGill Security : 514 398-3000
All Hike Times ratings are approximate.

Trail

Lake Hertel

Length

500 m

Elevation

41 m

Time

10 min

Trail

Boardwalk loop (brown)

Length

1 km

Elevation

-

Time

20 min

Trail

Boucle mauve

Length

4.9 km

Elevation

-

Time

1.5 hours

Trail

Burned Hill loop (Orange and Yellow trails)

Length

4.0 km

Elevation

177 m

Time

1.5 hours

Trail

Pain de Sucre (Yellow trail)

Length

5.4 km

Elevation

281 m

Time

1.75 hours

Trail

Dieppe (Green trail)

Length

7.6 km

Elevation

238 m

Time

3 hours

Trail

Rocky 1 Loop (Red and Blue trails)

Length

5.5 km

Elevation

272 m

Time

3.5 hours

Trail

Rocky 2 loop (Red and Green trails)

Length

8.0 km

Elevation

267 m

Time

3 hours

Fees

Day Pass

Day Pass - Taxes included Reservation
Adult $ 9.25 Required. Online Store
17 and under Free No reservation required

Terms and conditions of the entry fees

Cross-country skiing

Day Pass - Taxes included
Adult Day pass and an Extra fee of $ 5.25 payable by credit/debit at the Welcome Centre.
17 years and under Free. No reservation required.

Equipment rental

Available at the Alice Johannsen Welcome Centre.

Equipment for rent Daily fee - Taxes included Annual card holder fee - Taxes included
Walking sticks $ 8.05 $ 6.44
Crampons $ 11.50 $ 9.20
Crampons and walking sticks $ 13.80 $ 11.04
Adult snowshoes $ 16.10 $ 12.88
Adult snowshoes and walking sticks $ 18.40 $ 14.72

Annual card

Membership level Annual cost - taxes incl. Where to buy?
Adult $ 88 FIRST TIME SUBSCRIBER ONLY Online
Adult, Mont-Saint-Hilaire resident $ 79.72 Only at the Welcome Centre. Advanced reservation is required.
65 and older $ 74.54 Only at the Welcome Centre. Advanced reservation is required.
65 and older & Mont-Saint-Hilaire resident $ 67.29 Only at the Welcome Centre. Advanced reservation is required.
RENEWAL You will receive a 10% discount if you renew your annual card online before the previous one has expired. Online. You will receive a renewal link approximately 1 month before your renewal is due. Not received ? Write us.

Annual card benefits

  • No reservation required.
  • From May 1 to Labour Day, annual cardholders have exclusive access to the Reserve starting at 7 a.m.
  • The day pass will be refunded if you buy an annual pass on the same day. Proof of payment is required.
  • Access to the cross-country skiing network at no additional cost.
  • Discounts on equipment rental and on selected items at the Welcome Centre.
  • Terms and conditions of the entry fees

Rules and trail etiquette

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 public.

Plan your visit

Rules and guidelines
 Plan your visit by checking the rules and the code of ethics. You must always carry your day pass or your annual card during your visit.
 Pets are not allowed.
 Wear comfortable clothes suited for hiking. Dress in multiple light layers so that you will be comfortable in a wide range of weather conditions. Wear waterproof/breathable lightweight boots or shoes. If recommended, wear crampons.
 People visit the Reserve to relax, please keep noise to a minimum or wear earphones.
 Smoke-free environment.
 You must remain on the hiking trails.
Trail etiquette Hikers coming uphill have the right of way. Please respect one-way travel on the trails. Keep right, pass left. Make your intentions known! Call out when passing. If you want to pass, clearly and politely communicate your plans to other users.
 Access is only permitted during opening hours. The Reserve is private property; trespassers could face fines.

Protecting wildlife and flora

Rules
 Leave your garbage or recycling in the containers provided.
 Do not feed, disturb, trap or hunt animals.
 Help preserve the flora and reduce your environmental impact: stay on marked trails to keep from trampling the plants.
 It is forbidden to take plant specimens, minerals or anything else from the Reserve (animals, plants, wood, rocks, etc.) or to introduce species.

Prohibited activities

Rules
 No climbing, orienteering, horseback riding, hang-gliding or sliding.
 No swimming, sailing or fishing on Hertel Lake.
 No operating a drone or other remotely operated device.
 No bikes, motorcycles, snowmobiles or other vehicles.
 No BBQs, campfires or camping.

Guide dogs and service dogs

Guide dogs and service dogs are allowed at the Reserve. The dog must be trained to meet the needs of someone with a physical, cognitive, or visual impairment. Upon arrival to the site, you will need to:

  • Show official documentation attesting to the animal's training by a recognized institution
  • Dogs must wear their working harness at all time

Emotional support dogs (therapy dogs) are not allowed.

Groups

Daily quota for groups

Group type Number of participants
Elementary school / High school 80
Organized groups and higher education 80

Daily rates

Number of participants Elementary school and high school McGill University Higher education Organized groups (adults)
20 to 30 $57 $93 $111 $185
31 to 40 $88 $143 $172 $287
41 to 50 $116 $190 $228 $379
51 to 60 $144 $236 $283 $472
61 to 70 $173 $282 $339 $564
71 to 80 $201 $328 $394 $657

Important:
1. The prices above only apply to groups (schools, sports or other) accessing the Reserve by the main entrance at 422 chemin des Moulins by bus.
2. Elementary school and high school groups must comply to a supervising ratio of one adult per 10 students. The group must be subdivided in sub-groups of 10 participants.
3. Price includes taxes.

Reservation

To make a reservation, read the planification guide and fill out the following form at least two (2) weeks before the activity. We will communicate with you by email in 2 business days to confirm your reservation or to propose alternative dates.

Please note that you need to pay ahead of your visit and show a proof of purchase upon your arrival.

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