The Drummond Forest, an unexpected natural site

Driving on Highway 20 in Drummondville, you would not suspect that just a few kilometers inland is the Drummond Forest, enlivened by the Spicer rapids on the Saint-François River.

The Drummond Forest, an unexpected natural site

Driving on Highway 20 in Drummondville, you would not suspect that just a few kilometers inland is the Drummond Forest, enlivened by the Spicer rapids on the Saint-François River. Became a regional park two years ago, it is one of the most unexpected natural sites in Quebec.

Near Saint-Joachim-de-Courval, the place is ideal for a picnic by the river. You are free to move around a bit by taking the challenge course under the trees, including 15 stations.

By bike or on foot

Starting from the same side of the river, a six-kilometre walking and cycling trail forms the Silver Maples loop. Halfway, a shortcut cuts the route in half.

On the Saint-Majorique side, on the opposite bank, a six-kilometre section of the Green Route runs along the river lined with steep banks and then takes us into a peaceful rural environment. From Petite Pointe, we have a superb view of Jersey Island.

In the canopy

Not managed by the park, but still on the territory, is the Parcours Extéria, an adventure playground. It was called D’arbre en arbre Drummondville before.

We find the same fun and exciting stages, made up of cables and walkways of all kinds. The Grande Aventure sector stands out from all the other treetop courses in Quebec with its spectacular view overlooking the rapids of the river.

Another special feature: the course ends with a series of seven zip lines in a row! I haven't seen anything like it anywhere else. Another sector, the Petite Aventure, is designed for children from 7 years old.

L'escalarbre

Climbing routes of various levels are set up to a height of ten meters, on four hundred-year-old trees. There are six climbs.

A self-belay system fixed at the top of the tree and adjusting to our weight allows us to descend gently. It takes a bit more courage than the canopy walk to try it.

◆ Walking and cycling paths: 12 km

◆ Dogs: allowed on a leash

◆ Entrance fees: free (tree trail not included)

◆ Canopy: 74 stations (section for children aged 7 to 11)

◆ Escalarbre: 6 lanes

◆ www.mrcdrummond.qc.ca

◆ www.reseauxpleinair.com

Electric bike in the North

In Morin-Heights, Écho Aloha rents fat tire bikes (VPS) with electric assistance. It is very close to the Aerobic Corridor, a bike path surrounded by nature. Rates: $34/hour, $65/3 hours.

◆ www.echoaloha.com

Cruises on Lac Taureau

This summer, aboard a river boat, you can discover Lac Taureau in Saint-Michel-des-Saints. Huge, this body of water is distinguished by its bays, islands and long wild beaches. Reservations required.

◆ www.croisiereslactaureau.com

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