Weekends are great for strengthening family bonds. Everyone needs a bit of downtime and weekends can fill this need. One of the best ways to have a great escapade en famille is to take everyone to a nature walk.
In the Eastern Townships, here are the best places for woodland walks:
Parc écologique Jean-Paul Forand
This place provides six kilometres of easy, well-marked trails on flat terrain. You can find benches here to contemplate the surroundings. In fact, it has everything your family needs for a relaxing nature outing. If you want a more challenging option, you can access the Parc des Montagnards trails that lead to the top of Mount Shefford nearby.
Parc du Mont-Bellevue
This place provides a lot of kilometres of walking trails right in the middle of Sherbrooke. You can complete the entire park’s perimeter by planning a walk to a distance of 6.5 kilometre. But, this is only possible if your kids are big enough to endure the hike. Also, you should not miss reaching the top of Mont Bellevue, to reach the illuminated cross to view a great part of the city below.
La Forêt Habitée in Dudswell
This small network of trails covers around 12 kiometres. A lot of interpretative panels have been installed to help hikers learn more about the forest residents. Whether you want to cross the Crêtes trail, the Petit Lac trail, or the Ravage trail, each of these is well adapted for a family outing.
Parc des Deux Rivières
This park is situated in East Angus at the confluence of the Saint-François and Eaton rivers. This urban forest has six kilometres of trails set inside the forest. It has picnic areas and various belvederes overlooking the river. It provides an enchanting setting for a family outing. You can also find one of the sheds on the main trail that looks to centre stage the breath-taking landscape and history of the Haut-St Francois region.
The Sentiers du Morne and Maison du Granit
If you want magnificent viewpoints that your family can easily access, you should visit this place. You can pick from there routes that vary in lengths from 1.2 km to 1.8 km to reach the summit of the Morne and its observation tower. From there, you and your family will enjoy a mesmerising panoramic view of lake Drolet and the mounts along the American border. The beauty of the landscape makes your efforts well worth it.