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Treetop attraction opens in Laurentians

Visitors wanting to admire the beauty of the Laurentian landscape can now appreciate it from a unique perspective. At a new eco-tourism attraction in Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré, families can climb up a 40-metre-high panoramic tower that provides unobstructed views of the treetops and the surrounding mountains.

Opened at the end of July 2022, the Sentier des cimes Laurentides sits in the heart of the forest on the site of a former fish farm. The historic main building houses the ticket office and boutique as well as its restaurant Chez Émile and an outdoor terrace.

Stroll amidst the treetops

Visitors should wear comfortable shoes for the more than one kilometre-long path that is dotted with custom-designed interpretation panels and games that highlight the local flora and fauna.

Made of locally sourced timber, the path is designed to be accessible to all. With a gradual slope, families with strollers and people travelling in wheelchairs or on mobility scooters can enjoy a visit adapted to their needs. An elevator at the beginning of the path takes visitors to the first level of the walkway.

Credit: Sentier des cimes Laurentides

The walk culminates with the massive main attraction — a 360-degree panoramic observation tower that rises 40 metres high and offers a bird’s eye view of the rolling landscape and familiar landmarks like Mont Tremblant and Mont Blanc. For the brave and adventurous, a giant hammock-like net suspended in the centre of the tower allows for an especially unique view of the forest 12 stories below.

The round-trip can be completed in less than two hours though visitors are encouraged to take their time to enjoy the scenery and nature. When arriving at the 200-acre recreational tourism park, visitors can check out the gourmet products and cosmetics (made from wild plants) at the on-site store.

“Since our opening on July 24th, the Sentier des cimes Laurentides has quickly become a destination of choice for families,” says Kathy Poulin, Director of communications, marketing, and human resources at EAK Sentiers des cimes inc. “Here, families can find the perfect features for a successful outing: a gentle and easy walk in the middle of nature — perfect to fill up on fresh air and magnificent landscapes, and just long enough for the little legs of the toddlers. We are thrilled to often welcome four generations of visitors, from babies to smiling and enchanted grandparents!”

Credit: Sentier des cimes Laurentides

A first in North America

Unique in North America, the attraction is a partnership between the regional development organization MRC des Laurentides and EAK Sentiers des cimes inc., the Canadian branch of Erlebnis Akademie AG (EAK), a provider of outdoor adventure facilities that has built 12 similarly impressive projects around the world. EAK Sentiers des cimes inc. has the mission to build and operate outdoor adventure ecotourism facilities in Quebec and North America in collaboration with the community. The Sentier des cimes Laurentides is the first project carried out and launches the Canadian development of the company. More than $18 million has been invested by EAK Sentiers des cimes inc. and $4.3 million from the MRC des Laurentides to create this new ecotourism destination, and more than 400,000 visitors are expected to visit the site each year.

Treetop attraction opens in Laurentians 

Credit: Sentier des cimes Laurentides

About 150 kilometres from Montreal, on the Route des Belles-Histoires and on the edge of the P’tit Train du Nord linear park, Sentier des cimes is open year-round.

For more information, visit sentierdescimes.ca.

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