Lands and Waterways in the Monteregie Region
 

Wildlife Areas

Lac St-Francois National Wildlife Area - Ramsar Site

Renown for it's birding and wildlife viewing the 1347 hectare site has 10km of hiking trails, with some boardwalk areas. The office has bird and animal lists available and there is an observation tower along one of the trails to allow you to put them to use. You'll also find it to be an excellent area for sea kayaking or canoeing for that matter. Guided rabaska canoe trips and nature walks are available. Canoes are available for rent or you can bring your own but there is a launch fee. The areas birds include the Great Egret, Yellow Rail, Redhead, Great Egret, Least Bittern and Sedge Wren. From Montreal take the 20 west (or the 40 to the 540 to the 20) and exit at Sallabery de Vallyfield. Follow the 132 west (or cut through town if you know the route), cross the lift bridge and continue on along the shore of the St. Laurence. Head north on Chemin de Pointe Fraser just outside of Dundee. The NWA is about 50km southwest of Valleyfield. Friends of Lac St-Francois NWA

 

Parks

Ile de Boucherville Park (Provincial) - Located on islands in the St. Lawrence river just south of Montreal's east end. The park has hiking paths, cycling paths ( 20k in total ) part of which double as cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails in the winter... More Monteregie

 

Mont St-Bruno Park (Provincial) - The park is located about 20km south of Montreal on the south shore. Several small lakes perched on the mountain are surrounded by forest and fields. Hiking trails swing around the lakes and provide several nice lookouts along the way. During the winter, 30km of trails are groomed for cross country skiing. There is also snowshoeing and winter hiking in the park. There are two warming huts on route. The park also has a snowboarding and skiing center. From Montreal take the 40 east to the 25 and head south to the tunnel, pick up the 20 on the southshore the follow the 30 west and watch for the signs. There is no camping in the park. Monteregie

 

Rivers

Chateauguay - Running from New York State through the Chataugauy 
Valley it empties into Lac St.Louis. Prone to flooding in the spring.
Lacolle
Noire - Flows passed Upton in the Yamaska region and empties 
into the Yamaska River near St Damase.
Riviere du Sud - In the Haute Richelieu region it empties
 into the Richelieu.Riviere Delisle
Riviere Riguad - Running from Ontario through Riguad into 
the Ottawa. Navigable by canoe but only as it approaches the Ottawa.
St Lawrence - Quebec's and one of the worlds great rivers,
 starting at Kingston and feed by the great lakes it joins 
with the Ottawa at Montreal and continues passed Quebec city. 
It's fed by the Richelieu and the Sauganay at it makes it's way 
to the Atlantic.
Ottawa - With it's source far to the north it joins with the St 
Lawrence at Montreal. While the Quebec portion is wide and slow 
moving, the upper reaches near Pembroke have some of Canada's best
 whitewater.
Riviere des Mille Iles (Northern Arm of St. Lawrence above Laval)
Riviere Richelieu
Yamaska

Lakes

  • Lake Champlain
  • Lac St-Louis
 

Mountains


Covy Hill
Mont Rigaud - Cross Country Skiing, Downhill Skiing, Hiking
Mont Saint Gregoire
Mont-Saint-Bruno - Cross Country Skiing, Downhill Skiing, Snowshoeing, Hiking
Mont-Saint-Hillaire - Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, HIking
Mont Yamaska
Rougemont

 

Nature

Lac St-Francois National Wildlife Area - Ramsar Site

Renown for it's birding and wildlife viewing the 1347 hectare site has 10km of hiking trails, with some boardwalk areas. The office has bird and animal lists available and there is an observation tower along one of the trails to allow you to put them to use. You'll also find it to be an excellent area for sea kayaking or canoeing for that matter. Guided rabaska canoe trips and nature walks are available. Canoes are available for rent or you can bring your own but there is a launch fee. The areas birds include the Great Egret, Yellow Rail, Redhead, Great Egret, Least Bittern and Sedge Wren. From Montreal take the 20 west (or the 40 to the 540 to the 20) and exit at Sallabery de Vallyfield. Follow the 132 west (or cut through town if you know the route), cross the lift bridge and continue on along the shore of the St. Laurence. Head north on Chemin de Pointe Fraser just outside of Dundee. The NWA is about 50km southwest of Valleyfield. Friends of Lac St-Francois NWA

Ile de Boucherville Park (Provincial) - Located on islands in the St. Lawrence river just south of Montreal's east end. The park has hiking paths, cycling paths ( 20k in total ) which double as cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails in the winter. You can also use part of the trail system for winter hiking. In the summer you'll find a very nice paddling circuit for sea kayaks or canoes, which takes you through marshes and channels around and between the parks islands. The park has canoe, kayak and bicycle rentals, and observation tower and even an 18 hole golf course. In the summer the park can be accesssed from the southshore and the Island of Montreal via water taxi. If you're driving take the 40 east to the 25 and head south to the tunnel and take the very first exit when you come out of the tunnel, which will bring you to the park entrance. There is no camping in the park. Monteregie

Mont St-Bruno Park (Provincial) - The park is located about 20km south of Montreal on the south shore. Several small lakes perched on the mountain are surrounded by forest and fields. Hiking trails swing around the lakes and provide several nice lookouts along the way. During the winter, 30km of trails are groomed for cross country skiing. There is also snowshoeing and winter hiking in the park. There are two warming huts on route. The park also has a snowboarding and skiing center. From Montreal take the 40 east to the 25 and head south to the tunnel, pick up the 20 on the southshore the follow the 30 west and watch for the signs. There is no camping in the park. Monteregie

Centre de la Nature du Mont Saint-Hilaire 14km, Novice, Intermediate The centre has 14km of hiking trails with several lookouts that provide a sweeping view of the area. The Rocky 1 follows close by Lac Hertel before heading up to the lookout. Many of the trails gain over 600ft.of altitude in a relatively short distance.

Lac Hertel 0.6km
Burned Hill 1.6km
Pain de Sucre 2.5km
Dieppe 3.6km
Rocky 1 3.9km
Rocky 2 4.8km

take the 40 east to the 25 and head south to the tunnel then take the 20 east on the southshore exit 115 turn right on Chemin Benoit (229) then left on Range de la Riviere N. and watch for the signs for the centre. Apparently the road into the park will be closed for a period in 2004, contact the centre for more information. Alternative access - follow highway 20 east and take exit 115 and head south. Take the branche to the left on Chemin Benoit, route 229 and turn right on the Range de la Riviere N and watch for the sign for the roud to your right. The website has downloadable trail maps. Fee

L'escapade (Sentiers du Mont Rigaud) 21km, Novice, Intermediate An extensive trail system on Rigaud mountain for horseback riding, hiking, snow shoeing (please don't walk on the cross country tracks) and cross country skiing. There is a new addition to the trail which takes you to the lookout at the top of the mountain. The trail can be accessed from several points including the Sucrerie-de-la-Montague. The mountain also has a ski hill and is know for its bird watching and autumn colours. From Montreal follow the 40 west taking the cut off towards Ottawa in Vaudreuil. Take exit 12 at Rigaud and head towards town on St-Jean Baptiste. If you take an immediate right on Chemin de la Marie you'll find parking, a trail head and a staging area for horses. A second option is to continue into town and turn left to the Parc Municipal where you'll find parking and trail access.

Ile de Boucherville Park (Provincial) - 20km, Novice Located on islands in the St. Lawrence river just south of Montreal's east end. The park has hiking paths, cycling paths ( 20k in total ) which double as cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails in the winter. In the summer the park can be accesssed from the southshore and the Island of Montreal via water taxi. If you're driving take the 40 east to the 25 and head south to the tunnel and take the very first exit when you come out of the tunnel, which will bring you to the park entrance. The website has downloadable trail maps. Fee

Mont St-Bruno Park (Provincial) - The park is located about 20km south of Montreal on the south shore. Several small lakes perched on the mountain are surrounded by forest and fields. Hiking trails swing around the lakes and provide several nice lookouts along the way. A well timed visit in the spring will provide you with an excellent show of flowers as the parks orchards come into bloom. The website has downloadable trail maps. Fee

Sentier du Ruissea Charette et de la Baie Bazeau - Novice, 2.4km - A short birding and nature trail which takes you into an observation tower overlooking a wetland. There are rest stops and interpetation plaques along the way. The new centre is opening June 24th, 2004 just in time to celebrates the towns centeniary. From Montreal take the 40 west and follow the split towards Ottawa in Vaudreuil. Take the last exit 1, the last exit in Quebec, and cross back over the highway on Interprovincial Road. The trail is on your right as you decend the last small hill into Pointe Fortune. Fee

Other popular spots for hiking and nature observation include Rougemont, Carillon Island and Mont St-Gregoire.

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