Parc regional de Val David, located in the Laurentides offers a wonderful family winter hike (available also all year long). This round trail is about 3km. Trail letters are “D” and “C” starting from chalet d’accueil Anne-Piché in Secteur Dufresne Val-David.
Why do we love this hike:
- Beautiful scenery and viewpoints throughout the trail
- Special large rocks on the trail
- Informative signs along the way
- Special tubing hill (part of the park)
- Nearby Montreal – under 1h15 drive
- The park allows dogs! Check website for exact rules
Address: There are two ways to access the park. For this trail, choose to enter via Secteur Dufresne Val-David, chalet d’accueil Anne-Piché, 1165, chemin du Condor, Val-David, J0T 2N0, QC
Drive: 1h15 northwest from Montreal
Parking: Free near the chalet d’accueil Anne-Piché
Entry fee (2018-2019): $10 per person for a winter walk, snowshoeing and fat bike. Free for kids under 18 years old.
Opening times: open every day, call to check the exact hours
Not suitable for a baby stroller during winter time
Maps are available to download from the Ondago app
We parked and headed to the main chalet to pay the entry fee and received a map of the trail:
The trail starts from the chalet d’accueil Anne-Piché. Follow the sign “Sentiers de Raquette”. The first half of the trail is marked as “D”.
At this junction, continue to follow “D” on the trail…
The trail has special large rocks. The park named these rocks with different names.
There are informational signs along the trail. These are great opportunities for a quick break with the family, as this part of the trail climbs uphill. There is a 100-meter elevation difference between the top and the bottom of the trail.
At this point, the trail “D” is finished and you will continue the hike following the “C” sign. There is a small cave at this junction with lots of ice stalactites.
Follow the sign “C” with the indication to “Mont Condor” viewpoint.
Few meters pass the first viewpoint, there is another viewpoint of Mont Condor. There are picnic tables available.
Follow the sign “C” and also “Chalet Anne Piche” to reach the starting point and to complete the round trail. From the Mont Condor viewpoint, the trail goes mostly downhill.
We highly recommend stopping at this restaurant: La table des gourmets. Address: 2353 Rue de l’Eglise, Val-David. It is an upper-class restaurant with delicious local cuisine.
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