Mont Saint-Hilaire - Mont St Hilaire

Mont St Hilaire - Hiking

Montérégie, Quebec, Canada

By lydia.crawford

Mont St Hilaire Statistics




7 KM


414 meters

Elevation gain

240 meters

Child friendly

What are the activities at Mont St Hilaire ?


Cross-country skiing

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Why choose a trail at Mont St Hilaire?

The Gault Nature Reserve has been owned by McGill University since 1958.

It is located in Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec and protects over 1,000 hectares of natural environments.

The Gault Nature Reserve is composed of three different development sectors: conservation, public and service.

These departments were created to achieve some sort of balance between human use of the mountains and ecosystem protection.

This unique nature reserve has 25 kilometers of hiking trails and 4 mountain peaks, with stunning views of the city and the entire natural environment.

The Gault Preserve is not among most people's favorite destinations for nothing. Many love its animal diversity, including several mammal viewing points within the reserve.

In 1978, the Gault Nature Reserve was recognized by UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program as the first biosphere reserve in Canada.

To this day, the Gault Nature Reserve is still a place rich in biodiversity. Whether on the trail or by the Hertel Lake, you'll enjoy watching the birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, fish and trees that cross your path.

Animal species include 41 species of mammals (skunk, fox, raccoon, porcupine, muskrat, squirrel, deer), and 178 species of birds (pileated woodpecker, warbler, hawk, etc).

Access price:

The price of access to the nature reserve is as follows:

●    Adult price : $8.00 ( Note that  online booking is required)

●     Children's price 17 and under: free

Good news! The Gault Nature Preserve is open year-round.

What are the services on site?

Picnic table
Interpretation Center

What are the hiking trails at Mont Saint-Hilaire ?

Trails Distance Difficulty
Passerelle (trottoir de bois) 0.4 km Beginner
Lac Hertel 0.5 km Beginner
Burned Hill 1.3 km Beginner
Mauve 4.9 km Beginner
Pain de sucre 2.6 km Intermediate
Dieppe 3.7 km Intermediate
Rocky 8.8 km Intermediate

Rate & open hour

Access fee $ 8.00

All year round, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

* Hours may vary by season.
Check the Reserve's website.


What are the coordinates and address of Mont Saint-Hilaire?

Réserve naturelle Gault - Université McGill
450 467-4010
422 Chem. des Moulins, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC J3G 4S6

Customer Reviews

4 out of 5 stars

Based on 13 reviews

1 2 3 4 5

Recent reviews

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Normand Hird

5 out of 5 stars

Super place

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Laura Kiel

4 out of 5 stars

I really like this place. It's really near Montreal. You can have a beautifull view.

Starting Point

From Route 116 in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, take Fortier Street, which becomes Ozias-Leduc Road. Then turn left onto Chemin de la Montagne. Then left again on Chemin des Moulins through which you access the Gault Nature Reserve.

Why visit Mont St Hilaire

25 km of trails are laid out to allow visitors to get to the various observation points.

The footbridge and the Hertel Lake trails are approximately 0.5 km. Their level is considered easy.

The Burned Hill Trail is 1.3 km long. Its level is also considered easy.

The purple path is considered easy. Its length is 4.9 kilometres.

The Sugar Bread and Dieppe trails run successively for 2.6 and 3.7 kilometres.

And finally, the Rocky Trail is a 8.8 km trail and its level is also considered intermediate.

Things not to be missed

There are several accommodations available next to the Gault Nature Reserve. You can find cabins, cottages, campings, bungalows , and of course hotels.

However if you are looking for a unique stay that will give you an out of the ordinary but more importantly a memorable experience, we've done some research to pull out the two best hideaways you can find in the Gault Nature Reserve area.

Where to stay? - Our favourites

Natalie's houseboat

Perfect for three people, this gem is 50 minutes away from the phonic reserve. But trust me, it is definitely worth it. Very well equipped, this peniche located over the water has a large terrace with a panoramic view where you can contemplate nature.

Parking is not far from the accommodation and is free of charge, and finally, just bring your blankets and a propane tank.

Dome House

Perfect for four people, this small dome house is located 40 minutes from the Gault Nature Reserve. You can enjoy a beautiful stay while having your eyes glued to the sky even when you are in bed. However, everyone should bring their blankets.

Where to eat?

In conclusion, we thought about you, and figured that at some point you'll definitely get hungry. Whether you're alone, in love, or with your kids, these restaurants noted below are for you!

Savoy Deli Restaurant

As I pointed out earlier, the Savoy Deli Restaurant  is a restaurant with a family atmosphere. A beautiful terrace with a panoramic view of the mountain is available

Everything is perfect there, ranging from the food to the staff. It should be noted that the owner of the restaurant always stays around to make sure his customers are satisfied.

Grandma Hen

For vegetarians, and people who don't like gluten, this restaurant is for you. The restaurant can make exceptions and prepare gluten-free dishes for you, but also vegetarian dishes.

The menu is diverse, the price is affordable the service is fast and exceptional, the restaurant is very clean and the staff is up to the task.

Let’s Answer Your Questions - FAQ

What is the level of difficulty of Mont Saint-Hilaire ?


What is the elevation of Mont Saint-Hilaire?

240.00 M

What is the height of Mont Saint-Hilaire ?

414.00 M

What are the opening hours ?

All year round, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

* Hours may vary by season.
Check the Reserve's website.

Is the place are families friendly?


What is the entry fee?

8.00 $

Is there an information center / service center / reception?

François Dumaine
Shared by
Lydia Crawford, an extraordinary woman with an insatiable zest for life, has become an inspirational figure to many through her adventures and infectious good humor. Born and raised in a small town nestled in the mountains, Lydia developed a love for the outdoors at an early age. Her childhood was filled with hiking, camping, and exploring the wilderness, experiences that shaped her into the avid outdoorswoman she is today.

She life was a celebration of adventure, joy, and the great outdoors. She lived with a fierce determination to enjoy every moment and to share that joy with others. Her legacy is one of laughter, exploration, and an unwavering love for the natural world. Lydia's spirit continues to inspire those who knew her and those who discover her story, reminding us all to embrace life with open arms and a heart full of joy.

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