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Montreal Families

New sector of regional park opens

The Montagne du Diable Regional Park near Mont Laurier has recently opened a new sector in the heart of the park and is ready to welcome visitors this summer.

Located in the Upper-Laurentians about three hours from Montreal, the site was officially named a regional park in 2012 and has seen numerous attractions added in the past nine years. The Village des Bâtisseurs was completed in 2015 and features eight nature chalets and a reception pavilion that includes several amenities such as full bathrooms, a meeting room with a fireplace, and a community kitchen. In 2018. rustic camping sites were set up near the Village, and an outdoor obstacle circuit was built a year later.

Additional accommodations

New for 2021 is the unveiling of the park’s Lake Sector and access to Windigo Falls. Enhancing this area of the park allows for new services and accommodations, and work was carried out to respect sustainable development while protecting the environment.

Among the new features are six fully-equipped mini-houses with views of the mountain or Lake Windigo where visitors can enjoy an outdoor experience in comfort. Built in harmony with nature, they are ideal for couples or families who want to get away from it all. There are also ten rustic campsites that overlook Lake Windigo, and 20 two-service campsites (water and electricity) have been created for tents, trailers, or RVs. Two lean-tos and three-walled wooden shelters are also available and can be accessed by canoe, kayak, or by foot.

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New activities to discover

Over 18 meters wide and 55 meters high, Windigo Falls has been landscaped to become the ideal place to stop for a picnic, relax, see the view from one of the lookouts, or go off on a hike.

In addition, a quiet beach of fine sand is located on Lake Windigo a few steps from all the accommodations. It’s the ideal place to cool off or try out an activity on the water with a rented kayak, canoe, paddleboard, or pedal boats that you can find at the new centrally-located Desjardins Welcome Pavilion. An obstacle course for children has also been built near the reception and includes a zip line for an even greater challenge. In total, the park offers 80 kms of hiking trails, 10 kms where you can canoe or kayak, and 25 kms of cross-country mountain bike trails.

Planning your vacation

According to Christian Parent, General Manager of the Montagne du Diable Regional Park, the launch of this new sector comes at a time when Quebecers want adventure, the outdoors, and to disconnect — while staying within the province.

“The formidable team at the Montagne du Diable Regional Park has been working very hard since 2017 to implement this sector, which has immense potential for our organization and the entire Hautes-Laurentides region. This new development required investments of more than $3 million dollars and will create about twelve new jobs in addition to having the potential to create economic benefits of several million for our region,” Parent said.

Access to the park for those 18 and under as well as most of the equipment rental is free. This policy was put in place in 2016 so that outdoor activities could be available to the greatest number of people.

Prices vary greatly depending on the type of accommodation. To find more information on pricing, see maps of the area, and to book mini-houses and camping sites visit parcmontagnedudiable.com

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