Saint - Adolphe D'Howard

Saint – Adolphe D’Howard – 6km loop trail

Part of the Laurentian Mountains, located between Saint-Sauveur and Mont-Tremblant, Saint – Adolphe D’Howard is the place for snowshoeing and cross country ski, if you are looking for a less crowded place with challenging hills. This place is one of the most organized outdoor spaces we have visited, in terms of signs along the way. Clear indications every 50 meters showing the trail you’re on and maps, simple junctions with signs how to head back to the starting point. This post is about our winter hike along the snowshoeing trail in the forest, 6km in total.

Address:  1672 chemin du village, Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard, J0T 2B0, QC

Region: Laurentides

Car: Drive 1h20 north-west from Montreal

Parking: Parking is part of the entry fee. Located next to the entrance and the main house

Daily fees for winter hike/ snowshoeing: Kids under 12 years old: free, age 13-15: 5$, adult: 8$

Rental shop: Yes – cross country equipment, snowshoes or crampons

Less suitable for baby stroller due to the stairs along the walk

Plein Air – Saint Adolphe D’Howard

Snowshoes trail info

Park next to the main house which is also the beginning of the path. Pay the daily fee inside the house, put your pass on your coat and one in the car and start the walk.

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We visited the place at the beginning of spring, there was a lot of snow but we didn’t use our snowshoes. We decided to try two winter walks (on the snowshoeing trail) – Belvédère and Halte (also marked C and D) – loop trail of 6km return. The trail colors: showing as yellow on the park’s map and blue with a snowshoeing man sign along the trail every 50m.

The trail starts pass the parking, separating to the right of the cross country trail.

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The beginning of the trail is very steep and narrow with some wooden stairs, going uphill for about 10 minutes, where we reached the viewpoint over the frozen Lake Saint-Joseph. Then the continuation of the trail was more downhill.

In order to avoid confusion at the loop trail, always keep to the left of your snowshoeing path at each junction. When the trail reaches a wooden refuge called ‘Bivoic des Etoiles’ turn right towards the starting point and the trail begins to go uphill. Again, keep to the left at each junction (on the snowshoeing trail) in order to avoid repeating the first part of the loop.

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The conditions of the snow were super slippery during our visit and since we didn’t have crampons, we sat on our bums most of the steep parts going downhill. We had lots of fun and we were so noisy, I think we scared all the animals around from our laughter.

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