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2019-03-30 Doncaster River Park in Ste-Adèle

Leader : Christine Boisvenue

Sweeper: Dalia Kudzma

Ascent:  minimal

Distance: up to 10 km

Degree of difficulty : Intermediate; consult the document Level of difficulty of hikes and  be sure you have the physical capability to do this hike.


Trail map 

Required: Hiking boots and clothing appropriate for hiking in the woods (layers always advised). Bring water, a snack and a lunch.

Recommended: Trekking poles.  Depending on the weather, it is recommended that you bring your snowshoes and/or crampons.

If you opt to carpool, bring another pair of dry footwear for the return trip.

Carpooling: Rendezvous in Vaudreuil in the parking lot between  Canadian Tire and Super C  at 8:00 a.m. for an 8:10 a.m. departure.

Registration: If you opt to carpool, (as passenger or driver), don’t forget to indicate this when you register your attendance by clicking on the  LIST D.


N.B. Even if you are not carpooling, please click on the list so we will know to wait for you to arrive at the park. This will help us to determine how many participants will hike with us and so we can communicate with you if need be. 

$ For this time only, the club will pay the entrance fees for all its members in good standing. Please register on the LIST above so we can plan accordingly.

Hike Departure: We will start the hike at 9:30 a.m. Be sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to that in order to be briefed on the details of the hike and the features of the park. 


 Doncaster River Park


Located in the Upper Laurentians, this park along the Doncaster River offers over 10 km. of mechanically groomed trails for winter activities.

The Doncaster River Park was once the site of a dam operated by Hydro Quebec, the Doncaster Dam.

There are over 10 km. of marked trails from which to observe the beauty of nature. There are also several benches upon which to rest and relax within the park and in winter, two heated shelters are available. From various lookouts, one can gaze at Mount Gabriel and enjoy the panoramic landscape of the city of Sainte Adele.  

** Note, although most trails are fairly flat, there is one steeper trail that leads up to the lookout. Therefore, hiking up this trail is required. This should be doable for most hikers if you take your time; however, it could be problematic if you have problems with your knees or poor cardiovascular conditioning.


Parc de la rivière Doncaster
4672 Chemin de la Doncaster
Piedmont, QC J0R 1K0

GPS coordinates

We will begin the hike from trail #4 which is the most difficult, then do #7 and #8. We will retrace our steps on #7 then walk along #1 up to the Great West trail. There are picnic tables along the river where we will have our lunch. Toilets are available.


After lunch, we will take the red trail towards trail #1 along the river, then the Great Western Trail and one in the opposite direction, if possible, to get to the lookout on #9 then return to the starting point via trail #4. Alternately, depending on the time, we can make the return trip along the river.



Telephone: 450 229-6686

No charge: 514 718-6686

The trails are not particularly difficult; the vertical drop is negligible except perhaps for trails 8 and 9, but it still remains a very reasonable slope angle. The trails are considered accessible for the whole family.




     Please note that pets are not allowed on hikes.

Members should have their card at each hike. The membership fees may be paid by cheque or with Paypal.


N.B. Guests are welcome and members are encouraged to invite interested individuals who can participate in our sanctioned activities once for free. Guests must register at: invité After one free event, returning guests will be invited to join the Ramblers Association and pay the annual membership fee. Those people who, after using their free pass want to participate but not join will be obliged to pay $10 per outing.

All persons who participate in a Ramblers Club activity acknowledge having read, understood and accepted the Club’s policies and waiver and the participant guidelines, as posted on the website at, and agree to abide by them.

NOTICE: Ramblers Association hikes are held rain or shine and will only be cancelled in the case of extreme weather conditions, such as an ice storm or thunderstorms. If a hike is cancelled for these reasons an email will be sent to all members and other people on our mailing list one (1) hour before the event is due to start. This cancellation notice will also appear on our website.