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.
Opening hours: from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The entrance fee to the Forêt Ô Cascades includes the following activities and services:
- Access to the trails of the Forest Ô Cascades
- Access to the Ouareau River
- Partial access for persons with restricted mobility
- Multifunctional pavilion: toilets, showers $, drinking water, picnic area, mosquito net shelter, WIFI
- Convenience store
- Coming soon: children’s play park and electric charging station
*Dogs on a leash are accepted. A compostable bag will be given to you at the reception to collect your animal’s feces. Then, you may deposit the bag in a compost bin provided for this purpose.
$12 – Adults (13 and over)
$4 – Youth (7 to 12 years old)
Free – Children (0 to 6 years old)
Access to the park is free for residents of the municipality of Rawdon
*For a reduce pricing, a proof of identity and/or residence is required for resident, child and senior
$10 – Snowshoes (per day)
Summer park hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sections of the red and purple trails are closed due to muddy conditions and work in progress.
We are making every effort possible to finalize the yellow trail that will connect the Forêt Ô Cascades to the Parc des Cascades. Planned opening: fall 2022.
Please consult the updated map when you arrive on site.
All trails are close.
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.