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Montreal Families

Nature park invites winter exploration

If you’re looking for a relaxing family outing, a peaceful escape can be found at Saint-Eustache Nature Park. North of the Rivière des Mille Îles and less than a 30-minute drive from Montreal, the 65-hectare park is the largest four-season natural space in Saint-Eustache.

In winter, visitors can enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking among the maple and hemlock groves.

Ski, snowshoe, and hike

The Richard-Giroux cross-country ski trails are suitable for beginners to those more experienced. Skiers can travel the 2.8 km Titmouse, 5 km Owl, or 7.4 km Fox groomed routes. Trails are mechanically traced at least twice a week, and conditions are updated on the park’s website.

Walkers and snowshoers can choose from the 3 km Squirrel or 4.6 km Beaver trail, or combine the two into a long-distance hike. Along the way, pause to observe the variety of birds and wildlife that inhabit the forest and wetlands, and soak in all that fresh air!

Credit: Ville de Saint-Eustache

Visitors must respect the fauna and flora and all times and avoid disturbing the natural environment. In order to preserve the ski trails, make sure to follow the signs and stay off the tracks. Dogs must be leashed at all times and are not allowed on cross-country ski trails. Owners must pick up their animal’s droppings and dispose of them properly.

PARC NATURE SAINT-EUSTACHE

Located behind 767 Arthur-Sauvé Blvd., Saint-Eustache

To get there:
Access for cross-country skiing, walking or snowshoeing: behind 765 Arthur-Sauvé Blvd.
Access for walking and snowshoeing only: behind 749 Arthur-Sauvé Blvd.

Parking:
For the main entrance, park as close as possible to Arthur-Sauvé Blvd. so as not to interfere with the parking spaces of nearby businesses.

The park is open year-round, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and access is free. There is a porta-potty near the main entrance.

For more information, ski conditions, and trail maps, click here.

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