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25 km of trails to discover

Trails access

Trails access

8h — 16h00

Visitors Pavilion

Visitors Pavilion

8h00 — 16h00

More information

You must leave the site by 16h30 at the latest

Réserve Naturelle Gault - Bord de l'eau

Trails condition

Snowy

Schedule

The Mont-Saint-Hilaire Nature Centre, a non-profit organization founded by McGill University, ensures public access to the mountain 365 days a year.

Trails Opening Closure
November 1st to March 15th (or at the change of time) 8 h 16 h
March 16th (day after change of time) to April 15th 8 h 18 h
April 16th to August 31st 8 h 19 h 30
September 1st to October 31st 8 h 18 h

Visitors should leave 30 minutes after closing time at the latest

Alice Johannsen visitors pavilion Opening Closing
November 1st to March 15th 8 h 16 h
March 16th to October 31st 8 h 17 h

Restrooms are open at any time

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 Map

Our staff at the Visitors Pavilion may suggest a hike best suited for your needs.

EMERGENCY

please dial 911 or call McGill security: 514-398-3000. Our staff is trained to respond to emergencies on trails. WINTER MAP (CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING), click HERE

Réserve Naturelle Gault - Bord de l'eau

Hiking

The Gault Nature Reserve trails are open 365 days a year, during opening hours.
A more detailed map can be printed below
* one way, from the Visitors Pavilion

Destination

Hertel Lake

Distance

0.5 km

Altitude

Time

10 min.

Destination

Trottoir de bois

Distance

1 km

Altitude

Time

17 min.

Destination

Burned Hill

Distance

1.2 km

Altitude

300 m.

Time

35 min.

Destination

Boucle mauve

Distance

4.9 km

Altitude

-

Time

1h30

Destination

Pain-de-sucre

Distance

2.7 km

Altitude

413 m.

Time

1h00

Destination

Dieppe

Distance

3.8 km

Altitude

371 m

Time

1h15

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

Rates

Daily fees (taxes inc.)

Categories Fees
Child 0 to 17 Free
Adult 18 et + $8
Adult daily access+crosscountry skiing $13

Annual card fees (taxes inc.)

ANNUAL CARD REGULAR RATE CITOYEN* RATE
Adult $79 $71
Seniors (65+) $67 $60

*”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.

Annual card discounts

Annual card discounts 15%
Multiple purchase discount People making a multiple purchase receive a 15% discount when registration and payment are done at the same time and in a single transaction, for a maximum of 4 people.
McGill discount McGill University students and employees are eligible for a 15% discount when showing their valid university ID card.

Privileges and full conditions of the annual card can be found HERE

You must go to the Visitors pavilion to buy an annual card.

Equipment rental fees
Please have an ID card for rental. Subject to weather conditons

Equipment for rent Fee Annual card fee
Walking poles $6 Free on week days
Spikes $10 $8
Spikes and poles $12 $9.60
Snowshoes – Adult $15 $12
Snowshoes and poles $17 $13.60

School Groups

Admission for groups
Reservation are required for 20+ groups, at least one week prior the event. Please use the form or phone at 450-467-4010. Read the group reservation rules

Admission for University classes
University classes can arrange to visit the Gault Nature Reserve at no charge. However, it is important that you contact us in advance regarding your visit and teaching activities in order to get free admission. Only groups arriving by bus will be given free admission. Reservations must be made, at least one week in advance by email or by phone.

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 direction only. Visitors shall NOT:

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

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