Hiking and Cross-Country Skiing
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.|
|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
|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.|
|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.
Stay safe when visiting
|Mask and physical distancing||Wear a mask where recommended in: buildings, queues.|
|Rental||Equipment, meeting rooms and lodging rental is suspended.|
|Washrooms||Opened at the Welcome Centre and the Cottage.|
Daily quota for groups
|Group type||Number of participants|
|Primary school / High school||80|
|Organized groups and higher education||80|
|Number of participants||Primary school and high school||McGill University||Higher education||Organized groups (adults)|
|20 to 30||$55||$90||$108||$180|
|31 to 40||$85||$140||$167||$279|
|41 to 50||$113||$185||$221||$369|
|51 to 60||$140||$230||$275||$459|
|61 to 70||$168||$275||$329||$549|
|71 to 80||$195||$320||$383||$639|
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. Primary 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.
Please fill out one of the following forms to assess our availabilities. 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.