Beautiful Rougemont is known for its apple orchards. Cidrerie Michel Jodoin is located at the base of Mont Rougemont. This fourth generation family-owned apple orchard (since 1901) offers a nice boutique for their cider products, a guided tour of the cider house with tasting and a 3.6km hiking trail up the mountain (private property of the orchard). The trail is an intermediate level (round trip) to reach an elevation of about 220 meters. The scenery at the viewpoint is super nice. The trail is not suitable for young kids. Our 10 years old friend, completed the hike without a problem. For my kids (6 and 4) it was not easy. The trail is open all-year-round with a small entry fee.
Address: 1130 Rang La Petite Caroline, Rougemont, J0L 1M0, QC
Drive: about 45 minutes east from Montreal
The cider house is open year round, 9am to 5pm. Closed on December 25, 26 and January 1st and 2nd.
Guided tour ($5 per person) at 11am and from 1pm to 4pm every hour upon availability. No reservation is needed for individuals and groups of less than 15 people. Tasting available, free of charge.
3.6km hiking trail, $3.00 for an adult (free for kids under 12 years old). The trail is available during wintertime, snowshoes is a must.
A hardcopy of the trail’s map is available at the cider house or on the “Ondago” app.
Not suitable for a baby stroller
We paid the entry fee to the trail at the cider house and started the hike. The trail offers informative signs along the path with details about the flora and fauna of the area.
We hiked this trail during the autumn season and it was a bit tricky: a) there are signs along the way (white arrows) however in some important junctions these were missing and the map was not very clear. b) The ground was full of sharp stones and with the leaves covering it, you can trip a lot 🙂
The trail has two sections: Section 1 (red on the map) which includes reaching the viewpoint, or Section 2 which separates from Section 1 (skips the viewpoint part) and returns to Section 1 for the way downhill to reach the cidrerie. The trail detailed below describes Section 1 only.
The walk will lead you to the viewpoint which is about two-thirds through the trail. The walk is mostly uphill with an elevation gain of about 140 meters. At the viewpoint, there are some tables to rest and then the sharp walk downhill starts (850 meters to reach the cider house). The walk can be slippery so keep in mind to bring good hiking shoes.
Junction (separation towards Section 2) – keep left to continue on Section 1 towards the viewpoint (belvédère).
We were lucky with the weather. The view from the small viewpoint:
At this fork, keep to the right but then continue downhill only (as the path is not clear how to walk).
At the last part of the trail before reaching the starting point (with the fence), there were no signs at the last junction. Once you pass an informative sign about “arbres morts”, turn left.
We enjoyed the cider tasting (free of charge) but did not do the guided tour. Some photos from the nice boutique: