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Trails access

Trails access

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Welcome Centre

Welcome Centre

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

Groups

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

Réserve Naturelle Gault - Bord de l'eau

Trail conditions

Muddy sections

Opening hours
We are open 7 days a week.
Hiking trails : 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Welcome Centre : 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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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.

Réserve Naturelle Gault - Bord de l'eau

Hiking and Cross-Country Skiing

EMERGENCY : 911
McGill Security : 514 398-3000
All Hike Times ratings are approximate.

Trail

Hertel Lake

Length

500 m

Elevation

Time

10 min

Trail

Trottoir de bois

Length

1 km

Elevation

Time

20 min

Trail

Boucle mauve

Length

4.9 km

Elevation

-

Time

1h30

Trail

Burned Hill Loop (Orange and Yellow)

Length

4.0 km

Elevation

177 m

Time

1h30

Trail

Pain de Sucre (Yellow)

Length

5.4 km

Elevation

281 m

Time

1h45

Trail

Rocky 1 Loop (Red and Green)

Length

8.0 km

Elevation

267 m

Time

3h30

Trail

Rocky 2 Loop (Red and Blue)

Length

5.5 km

Elevation

267 m

Time

3h30

Trail

Dieppe (Green)

Length

7.6 km

Elevation

238 m

Time

3h00

FEES

Day Pass

Day Pass - Taxes incl. Reservation
Adult $ 9 Required. Online Store
17 and under Free No reservation required

Cross-country skiing

Day Pass - Taxes incl
Adult Day pass and an Extra fee of $ 5 payable by credit/debit at the Welcome Centre.
17 years and under Free. No reservation required

Terms and conditions of the entry fees

ANNUAL CARD

Membership level Annual cost - taxes incl. Where to buy?
Adult $ 85 FIRST TIME SUBSCRIBER ONLY Online
Adult, Mont-Saint-Hilaire resident $ 77 Only at the Welcome Centre. Advanced reservation is required.
65 and older $ 72 Only at the Welcome Centre. Advanced reservation is required.
65 and older & Mont-Saint-Hilaire resident $ 65 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 Labor 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
 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.
TRAIL ETIQUETTE
 You must remain on the hiking trails.
On one-way trails Please heed signage for one-way trails. As some trails are one-way, you will be required to complete the entire circuit. Please ensure you are properly prepared before using the trail.
On two-way trails. 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.
PLEASE HELP PRESERVE WILDLIFE AND FLORA
 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
 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 welcome at the Reserve. The dog may be accompanying someone with a physical, mental, or visual disability.

  • Owners are required to carry evidence that the dog is an assistance or guide dog. Acceptable evidence is an identification card issued for the animal by an accredited assistance provider.
  • Dogs must wear their assistance dog harness at all times.
  • Emotional support dogs are not allowed.

COVID-19

Preventive measures Your safety when visiting
Mask and physical distincing Wear a mask where required : buildings, queues.
Rental Closed.
Washrooms Opened at the Welcome Centre and the Cottage. Capacity limited, masks required.

GROUPS

Groups (School groups, sport groups or other) are suspended for the moment.

Category Daily Rate Reservation
Adult n/a n/a
17 and under n/a n/a
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