Hiking trails

10 kilometers of hiking trails

La Forêt Ô Cascades, criss-crossed by 10 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.

Services

 

For the 2022-2023 fall & winter season, the services are as follows: 

  • Self-service entrance; please register yourself in the reception registration book
  • 10 km of groomed hiking trails
  • 8 km of off-piste marked snowshoe trails
  • Multifunctional pavilion: heated toilets
  • Parking: please park your car in the gate’s parking lot
  • Coming soon: electric charging station and children’s playground

 

*Dogs on a leash are accepted.  Please pick up your pet’s feces!

Pricing

Admission is self-service with voluntary contribution for the 2022-2023 winter season.

Suggested contribution

  • 12$ Adult (13 years and +)
  • 4$ Youth (7 to 12 years old) 
  • 4$ Senior (65 years old and +)
  • Free Child (6 and -)   
  • Free Resident of Rawdon (contribution appreciated!)

 

Your donation will help us to archives our goals:

  • Make the forest accessible to the community
  • Protect the ecological integrity of the site

 

Contribution options

  • cash in the box identified for this purpose at the gate
  • Interac transfer to the Forest Ô Cascades phone number:                       450-944-0165 (send us the password by text to the same number)                         

 

Thank you for your support!

We will be back with regular rates and full services for the summer season.

Business hours

October 2022 to May 2023

Open from Sunrise to sunset

Trail conditions

Trail conditions can vary quickly depending on weather traffic and snow cover during the winter season. If in doubt, we invite you to contact us by phone.

Last update: January 16th  2023

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Hiking trails

All trails are open and groomed.

 

Some work is still in progress.  Our apologies for any inconvenient. 

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Snowshoe trails

All trails are open.

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.