Fall Hikes

 

By Nadya Camerino

Being stuck indoors for months on end has been tough on many. Seeing the same four walls, working from home, and dealing with the stress of living through a pandemic can take a toll on your mental health. Hiking is the perfect escape to offset COVID cabin fever, break the routine, and reset your body clock.

With social distancing measures in place, hiking is an ideal choice. Getting off the couch, being active and breathing fresh air is only the beginning. Whether you are stepping out solo, with your partner or your bubble of friends and family, hiking is an inexpensive activity that anyone can enjoy. Day hikes around Montreal don't require tons of equipment. Here's a short list of essentials:

  • Day Pack: think the size of a school bag
  • Hiking boots: ideal, but running shoes work well, too
  • Moisture-wicking clothing: nobody likes to be cold or wet from rain, or sweat
  • Water: it’ll be the best tasting water you’ve ever drank
  • Snacks: try to be more creative than trail mix
  • First-Aid Kit: always be prepare
  • Montreal has numerous trails in and around the city, which vary in difficulty. It'll be easy to fall in love with their beauty this fall, the hardest part will be deciding which trek to try first:

    Mount Royal Park

    Length: 6km - Time: 1 hour - Level: Easy - Cost: Free
    Just west of downtown, with multiple places to hop on. This loop promises two scenic views of our fair city interspersed with woodsy groomed paths giving you the best of both worlds.

    Lachine Canal

    Length: 14.5km Time: 1-2 hours Level: Easy Cost: Free
    More of a walking path than a hiking trail, popular with rollerbladers, joggers, and cyclists alike. The Lachine Canal offers a historic stroll that spans from Montreal's Old Port all the way to Lachine. Possible pitstops along the way include the Atwater Market and Terrasse Saint-Ambroise.

    Gorge Canyon Trail

    Length: 3.5km Time: 1.5 hours Level: Moderate Cost: $8
    Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook offers numerous trails, adding up to a total of 19km. The most popular trek being the Gorge Trail, home to the longest suspension bridge in North America. The spectacular nice views and moderate trek make it perfect for adults and kids alike.

    Grand-Tour Trail

    Length: 19km Time: 5.5 hours Level: Moderate Cost: $9
    Located less than 100km from Montreal on the cusp of the Eastern Townships, Yamaska National Park has many trails to choose from. Circling the Choinière Reservoir, the aptly named Grand Tour is the longest option, offering scenic lake, forest and wildlife views along the way.

    Grand Prix des Couleurs Trail

    Length: 5.5km Time: 1.5hrs Level: Difficult Cost: Free
    Mont-Tremblant is indisputably one of Quebec's most popular ski hills. During the non-winter months, the runs double as beautiful hiking trails with gorgeous views. The Grand Prix des Couleurs is the most direct route to the summit. To jump on the trail, just walk through the village to find the trailhead at the base of the gondola.

    Peel yourself away from your screen and lace up a comfy pair of shoes. Get out and enjoy the great outdoors this fall in Montreal's backyard. You won't be disappointed.

    Nadya CamerinoNadya Camerino is a freelance content creator and community organizer who enjoys adventuring with her dog Elie. She operates Barkley Biscuits, an eco-conscious dog treat company that repurposes spent grain from local micro-breweries. Visit barkleybiscuits.com for more information.

     

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