The perfect hiker’s guide to Saint-Donat
The Saint-Donat region has more than 70 circuits spread over more than 200 kilometers of trails accessible free of charge on its territory. As the first municipality in Canada to obtain the “Inhabited Natural Park” territorial mark, Saint-Donat wishes to remain a destination of choice for outdoor enthusiasts like you. If you wish to extend your stay in the forest, it is possible to rent the refuges du Club de plein air and thus, enjoy our beautiful nature for a longer period.
These little havens of peace are shared by citizens and visitors alike, and to keep them accessible to everyone, we encourage you to follow our guide to the perfect hiker!
A trail to your level you will choose
There are trails for all skill levels. From the easiest to the most difficult, make sure you choose the one that suits your fitness level, so you can enjoy the beauties of the landscapes without getting too tired. Good shoes, adequate clothing, water and food are essential for a safe and enjoyable hike.
Another route you will take
If the parking lot is already full when you arrive, it is a sign that the trails are very busy. Take the road to less popular hiking trails, but just as interesting, to fully enjoy the beautiful nature of Saint-Donat in peace. Dare to discover different circuits.
No trace you will leave
The No Trace principle will become your code of ethics, if it isn’t already! Of course, no one wants to find plastic bottles or trash along a trail! When you walk in the forest in Saint-Donat, pick up your waste. Bring your water bottle and snacks in reusable containers to avoid ending up with full pockets.
PS. Leaving no trace also means not disturbing or feeding wild animals!
Signage you will notice
In collaboration with outdoor organizations, the Municipality has installed new signage on official trails. You will notice little red signs with a number on them allowing emergency services to locate you in the event of an accident or if you find someone in distress during your hike.
Your dog you will watch
Your pet is welcome on our various trails. It will certainly like the large playing field available. However, it is your responsibility to keep it on a leash and pick up its feces during your hike. No one wants to set foot where your dog relieved itself!
The trail maps you will consult
Not everyone is born with a compass in their hands! That is why we suggest that you download the trail maps from the Ondago app. This will make it easier for you to find a route suited to your abilities and find your way back at the end of your hike. The Hikster and Balise Québec platforms also offer relevant details that you will appreciate while planning your hikes. Paper maps are available at the tourist information office.
Courteous and respectful you will remain
The secret to a memorable hike is not just beautiful scenery. Be courteous and if you know the trail or the region, don’t hesitate to share your favorites. Your behavior towards hikers you meet contributes to the creation of better memories!
The region of Saint-Donat is best experienced through its trails. Find yours here (in French). Also consult the staff at the tourist information office who will be happy to assist you in the preparation of your excursion.