Looking for small challenges for the new legs of our adventurers, we discovered several relatively simple and accessible trails for beginners. These 5 summits to discover with young children will certainly allow you to spend pleasant moments with your family.
However, I would advise you to provide a baby carrier or a backpack available for rent, among others in some of the places mentioned below, so that everyone has good memories and fun. You can also read this article which will give you some clues on how to make your kids love hiking.
Located, as its name mentions, at Mont-Saint-Grégoire in Montérégie, this mountain is a beautiful way to introduce your young children to hiking in the mountains. With a drop of about 185 m to cross on a trail of 1 km (the panorama) or 1.4 km (career), your children will learn that you have to work a little harder if you want to reach the top. The view from above will allow your children to identify Montreal as well as the Rougemont, Saint-Hilaire and Saint-Bruno Mountains, which in turn will offer them interesting hiking options.
Mount Arthabaska is located in central Quebec in beautiful Victoriaville and offers free access to nearly 10 km of hiking trails. Your children can easily reach the summit, taking the trails on the 4th seasons or the Grand Tour, where the Arthabaska Pavilion and an observation lookout await them. The drop of 152 m over about 3 km certainly promises them a great experience. In addition, dogs are allowed provided, of course, that certain basic rules are followed.
Mount Oak is the smallest of the three Coleraine Mountains, located in the Chaudières-Appalachian region and more specifically in St. Joseph of Coleraine. With 250m to go, it represents the biggest challenge among the suggestions of this article. However, the gentleness of the climb will make your children forget that they work hard. In addition, this 5 km loop offers 16 educational panels on different subjects always related to the territory of the 3 mountains allowing breaks and pleasure along the route.
Mount Pinacle, part of the Harold F. Baldwin Park system, is located in Coaticook, Eastern Townships. A 2km main trail will take you to the top where views of Lake Lyster and the mountain ranges await. A choice of trail of 2 or 3 km is then available to you, depending on the energy level of your children, to descend the 120 m that will take you back to the parking lot of the former barracks of the village of Baldwin. In addition, access to the site is free and dogs are allowed on a leash. A great opportunity to stop at the Coaticook Dairy to enjoy a well-deserved ice cream.
Located in The Gaspeian National Park, Mount Ernest-Laforce will surely amaze your little explorers. This 4.5 km loop of only 155 m of vertical drop will take you to an exceptional view of the highest mountains of the region. A place known for its strong moose presence, your children may have the chance to meet this animal up close. The high altitude and beauty of the place will allow you wonderful family memories.