by Sarah-Lynn Pauléus
Breathing in the fresh air, admiring diverse landscapes, challenging yourself, and building new friendships. These are all benefits of physical activity, especially hiking. In a few short sentences, I will tell you about the five best places where you can go for a hike within two hours from Montreal. Come discover them with me.
- Mount Royal
If you’re a beginner and don’t want to go very far, Mount Royal is for you. You can get there in different ways, and the difficulty level is low. If you want to challenge yourself more, you can take the stairs from the main street to get to the mountain. The end of this adventure will be worth it as you will have the opportunity to admire the beautiful view of downtown Montreal.
You probably know Mont-Tremblant thanks to its ski slopes. But did you know that there are many hiking trails you can explore there? Trust me; whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced hiker, you will love them. Located about two hours from Montreal, the scenery is breathtaking. My tip: fall is an excellent time to go there to discover a beautiful canvas splashed with bright colours.
- Oka National Park
In this Sépaq park near the Lake of Two Mountains, you will discover Québec’s flora and fauna in all their splendour. The hike is quite easy, and you can even end your day by going for a swim at the beach during the summer. Why not even go camping for a weekend? Seriously, what’s stopping you?
- Mont Saint-Bruno National Park
Located half an hour from downtown Montreal, this park has more than five trails. If you want to surpass yourself, the longest hike takes around two hours. With determination, you will certainly get to the top and achieve your goal. I know you can do it! So go ahead!
- The Lachine Canal
About twenty minutes from Montreal, the very green Lachine Canal welcomes us. It contains a cycling path where families, amateurs, and professionals can meet. One of the peculiarities of this Canal is that its trail for the hike has no slope, making it accessible to everyone. Along your way, you can stop to eat and explore different parks.
With all that being said, I wish you a beautiful hike, and don’t forget that with determination, perseverance, and tenacity, you will make it to the top of the mountain!