Parc National du Mont-Saint-Bruno
330, rang des 25 E.
Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Québec J3V 4P6
There is so much to explore in my city of Montréal but I also love trips outside the island to discover the rest of the province. A friend had been harping about hiking at one of the mountains outside of the city forever so we finally planned a day to visit the national park at Mont-Saint-Bruno (the trails and not the ski hill), which is so close to Montréal and makes a fun day time excursion.
The different trails were marked by signs with various route distances
Parc National du Mont-Saint-Bruno is only about 20 kilometres from the island of Montréal so it is a beautiful place to visit for a short getaway, or to change up your hiking and running route to the outdoors. We went to try their hiking trails in the relatively flat terrain, but the park is open for various other activities year round including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and plant life and wildlife observation. You can also enjoy the various small lakes that dot the conservation area where some beautiful and affluent private homes are located, many with their immense lots backing to the waters. In fact, when we came across a resident sitting on a bench in front of one of the lakes, she informed us that the clown nose-wearing circus mogul, Guy Laliberté of Cirque du Soleil, owns one of the homes in the distance. I then wondered if his famous sex and drug fuelled parties were ever held at this location.
A maple tree that produces maple syrup. The province of Québec is the largest producer of maple syrup in the world.
We met a lot of walkers, joggers, and residents walking in the trails which were shaded from the trees, many labelled in the conservation park. Tree species included the famous maple trees that produce maple syrup, a common Québecois cuisine ingredient. In fact, Québec is the largest producer of maple syrup in the world, and last year’s famous maple syrup heist worth $20 million is now being made into a Hollywood movie starring How I Met Your Mother’s Jason Segel. I don’t watch a lot of movies but I’m actually looking forward to this one!
The park is also dotted with more than 2,000 apple trees, and is also a favourite amongst bird watchers. We dropped by in early September before the leaves started turning different colours, so if you visit the park now you will be able to enjoy the fall foliage. You do need to pay a small fee to access the park which is located in the rural outskirts so you do need a car to get to the park. Click here for more details about pricing and the park activities offered.
We thought this sign was funny: “Zone of Extreme Preservation”
One of the many private residences located amongst the trails in the park
I think this is a authentic Jim Dine sculpture in the yard of a private residence in the park