Orford National Park – Cherry Pond (Etang aux Cerises)

Mid-December, we were looking for a ski resort to teach the kids how to ski or a place to go snowshoeing but there was not enough snow even though most resorts were open. We called the Mont-Orford centre and they recommended this trail for families with young kids. This is part of a cross-country ski trail which was open for hiking as the season did not start yet. The signs along the way indicate that this path is only for cross-country skiers but we assume it is open all year long.

Address: 200 Chemin du Camping, Orford, J1X 7A2, QC

Car: Drive about 1h20 East from Montreal

Region: Eastern Townships (Canton de l’Est)

Entrance fees: Sepaq tariff

Sepaq Mont Orford National Park – English

Orford National Park Trail Map

The 4 km trail starts at the information centre near the big pond of Mont-Orford (part of the sector of Lake Stukley – Secteur du Lac-Stukely). It goes inside the forest and then the last part goes back along the lake on the main road. The walk in the woods was easy and relatively flat and easy for baby strollers but on the day we visited the trail was not groomed and there was a lot of powder snow which can be difficult to walk with a stroller.

Drive towards Sector of Lake Stukely and follow the signs for ‘Information’. There is a parking in front of the information centre where we paid for accessing the park and received a map and explanation about the walk.

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Walk towards the pond and continue a few meters on the left along the road until you reach the sign of ‘LA ROUTE VERTE’. Enter the path which diverts from the main road on the left and where the walk starts. You will see signs for different trails but these are for the cross-country ski. At the beginning of the walk, you will see some explanation signs about the geologic history of the place.

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Continue to follow the ‘LA ROUTE VERTE’ signs until you reach the sign for ‘La Cabane a Sucre’ (refuge house) where the path diverts to the right and leaves the ‘LA ROUTE VERTE’.

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The refuge house is big, with indoor tables, chairs and bunk beds and there is also a picnic table outdoors and a restroom.

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The walk continues on the main road, along with the pond (which was frozen at the time of our visit). Turn right to reach the main road, from the Cabane a Sucre house.

Walk for about 2km until you reach the information centre and parking area. The view of the large pond and the surrounding mountains were beautiful when everything was pure white.

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