12 kilometers of hiking trails
La Forêt Ô Cascades, criss-crossed by 12 kilometers of hiking trails, is accessible year-round. Seven trails are offered, from easy to intermediate level. They are wide enough to circulate with a stroller, a cart, or a sled. Do not hesitate to ask for advice at the reception desk in oder to choose the course adapted to your desires and conditions. In winter, in addition to the groomed hiking trails, 8 km of off-trail trails allow you to explore the snowy landscapes on snowshoes. In summer, enhance your walk in the heart of nature with a picnic and a swim in the river*.
Move, breathe the fresh air!
* There is no surveillance of river, lakes and ponds. Swimming is at your own risk.
Summer season 2023
Your daily pass gives access to these activities and services:
- 12 km of hiking trails
- Picnic tables and swimming in the Ouareau River;
- Park Ô Cascades de Rawdon. An 800 m trail along the river connects the two sites;
- Multifunctional pavilion (toilets, drinking water, showers and mosquito net shelter);
- Coming soon: electric charging station and playground
**Dogs on a leash are accepted. Please pick up your pet’s feces
- 12$ Adult (13 years and +)
- 4$ Youth (7 to 12 years old)
- 4$ Senior (65 years old and +)
- Free: Child (6 and -)
- Voluntary donation: Resident of Rawdon
Monday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
It is possible to arrive after 7:00 p.m. but camping rates will apply.
Last update: May 31st 2023
The trails are all open but some work is still in progress.
It is therefore possible that some trails are temporarily closed.
Please ask the employee of the gate when you arrive for the latest conditions . We apologize for the inconvenience.
All trails are closed. See you next winter!
Safety and ethics
Inspired by the principles of Leave No Trace Canada, we invite you to consult our recommendations for a safe and respectful walk in the forest.
Let’s protect nature, let’s share it!
The walk in the forest involves certain risks. You are responsible for ensuring your own safety. For any emergency requiring immediate assistance, contact 911 and/or the Forest’s Guardian at (450) 944-0165.
Have a great hike!
- Choose a trail suitable for the less experienced member of your group.
- Be sure to bring the necessary equipment for the hike such as shoes and appropriate clothing for the season and the temperature, water bottle, mosquito repellent, etc.
- Be vigilant and attentive to your surroundings at all times and do not leave the marked trails.
- Wild animal encounters are possible. Do not feed them and do not approach them.
- Beware of biting insects, there are some that hide underground.
- There is poison ivy in some places on the site, especially by the river. Learn to identify the plant in order to avoid it.
- In winter, the thickness of the ice varies on the river, the lakes and the ponds. It is therefore unsafe to walk on the frozen water. Stay on marked trails.
- We are not responsible for any incident related to non-compliance with Forest regulations and inappropriate behavior.
- To preserve the natural riches it is prohibited to collect natural elements (plants, animals, bark, wood, rocks, leaves).
- The flora is sensitive to being trampled. Stay on the trails.
- Observe wildlife at a distance.
- Feeding wildlife is prohibited, as this could be harmful to their health and modify their behaviour. In this respect, leaving any food or garbage unsupervised is also prohibited.
- To protect and prevent erosion of the waterside please use the designated accesses.
- Return all your waste to the bins provided for this purpose.
- Campfires and fireworks are prohibited, in order to prevent forest fires.
- Be sure to extinguish your cigarettes and return the cigarette butts into the bins reserved for this purpose.
- Throwing an apple core in the forest seems like a harmless gesture, but the impact of this gesture multiplied by the number of hikers will have significant consequences on the wilderness.
- Bring back your food leftovers, garbages, recyclables and dispose of them in the proper receptacles located on the site.
- Be considerate and respectful of others. We are all part of nature.
- Minimize noises (music, voice, etc) and enjoy the sounds of nature.