Saint-Donat, trails and landscapes

Saint-Donat, trails and landscapes

MISE À DAY

An inhabited natural park in the Lanaudière region, north of Montreal, Saint-Donat stands out for its variety of trails with spectacular viewpoints. 

With the exception of those located in Parc national du Mont-Tremblant, they are accessible free of charge. Dogs are accepted on a leash. Here is a colorful selection. 

Mount Sourire

It is the easiest to access to get a great view. It is still necessary to be well shod, the path being somewhat uneven. The panorama overlooks the village with Lake Ouareau and La Réserve ski resort. In the distance stand the Kaaikop and Ouareau mountains as well as the imposing Black Mountain. 

  • Length: 2 km round trip, 4 .4 km if you go to the La Chouette refuge. 
  • Duration: a little over an hour. 
  • Level: easy.   

L'Envol 

The lookout at L'Envol trail, in Mont-Tremblant National Park

At Parc national du Mont-Tremblant, in the Pimbina sector, the trail crosses a maple-yellow birch stand. It's very colorful. The belvedere overlooks the Pimbina valley. 

  • Length:4 km round trip. 
  • Duration: nearly two hours. 
  • Rights of access to be reserved on the Sépaq website.  

Mount Ouareau

At an altitude of 692 meters, the mountain dominates Lake Ouareau. The climb is rewarded with a vast panorama. The entrance to this segment of the National Trail is on Route 125 in Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci. 

  • Length:5 km with a loop. 
  • Duration: 2.5 hours. 
  • Level: intermediate. 
  • Ondago map downloadable on your phone with geolocation even without a network. 

A stop to know

Hikers and other visitors often take a long detour to get to the Boulangerie du Village on Principale Street. We stop there for their variety of sandwiches, soups or even their famous date squares. On Tripadvisor, the praise is numerous. In Saint-Donat, it is an essential stopover. 

SAINT-DONAT 

  • Walking trails: more than 200 km 
  • Access: free (except in Mont-Tremblant National Park)
  • Dogs: acceptable on a leash
  • Symphony of colors (until October 9): chairlift rides at Ski Garceau and Ski La Réserve, inflatable games
  • lanaudiere.ca  

OTHER IDEAS FOR OUTINGS 

An orchard to visit 

In Granby, the Verger champêtre is crossed by a path running alongside animal parks with miniature horses, donkeys and others. The terrace café serves homemade meals, including a lamb smoked meat lasagna. ►vergerchampetre.com 

The Enchanted Forest

At the Fernand-Seguin Ecological Center, in Châteauguay, magical characters invite families to discover the traces of forest creatures. We also go there for hiking trails. Free.

cefseguin.com

Alain Demers is the author of the book Rediscover Quebec: 101 destinations, published by Éditions du Journal.