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Date of the hike:    Friday 17 May 2013


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Dear members,

We have received a special offer from Hotel Parc Orford.

To the members of the Quebec Hiking Federation (Fédération québécoise de la Marche)

The management of the Orford Park Hotel is happy to invite you to a promotional trip reserved exclusively for hikers who are members of Fédération québécoise de la Marche. The Ramblers are part of this Quebec Hiking Federation and as such, are invited to this rare treat.  

This is an exclusive 3 day 2 night excursion beginning on Fri. May 17 and includes an information session, aperitif and dinner followed by an evening hike. The Saturday agenda includes a buffet breakfast, hike/ ascent to Mt. Orford with lunch at the summit (boxed lunch included) and that evening, an aperitif, dinner and musical  entertainment.  Sunday’s agenda includes a buffet breakfast, hiking the Mt. Chauve trail then returning for an aperitif and lunch before departing at 1:30 pm. 

Prices are $199 for a single occupancy/ $175 for a double/ $155 triple and $150 quadruple occupancy.  Taxes, tip for the guide and service charges are included in the price.

If you wish to take advantage of this offer, do not delay as spaces are limited.  If you want to car pool, register on  List C.

To reserve a package, contact  Patrick:

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 Hôtel du Parc Orford

 Orford, March 26, 2013

About Orford Park Hotel:

Orford Park Hotel has specialized in group holiday packages­­ for over 20 years. We offer year round packaged holidays of 2,3,4 or 5 days duration. Trips are all inclusive.   We have built our reputation on years of experience and handle more than 200 coach busses annually. We have developed a outdoor adventure experience in collaboration with  Mt. Orford National Park (part of the SEPAQ – Quebec’s provincial park system). We wish to share our expert service with you. This holiday package caters to hikers (for all levels from novice to expert) and their climb of Mt.Orford.   

Promotional Trip:

We have reserved next May 17, 18 & 19 for your group.

For those who wish, Orford Park Hotel has arranged transportation with pick up points in St-Jérôme, Laval, Montréal and Iberville; specific pickup points to be determined.   The coach bus which has space for 56 persons will be at our expense.  All hiking clubs situated in these regions will travel for free. For those clubs outside of those regions, you can reserve your place and come by your own vehicle. Reserve soon, first come, first served.  Spaces are limited.

Prices are $199 for a single occupancy/ $175 for a double/ $155 triple occupancy/$150 quadruple occupancy. Taxes, tip for the guide and service charges are all included in the price.

This trip is offered to you with the goal of acquainting you with the Hotel Park Orford and it’s services. This is an exclusive offer and is not applicable for another time or trip.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me:

Thank you.

Patrick Turgeon

Coordonnateur des Groupes | Hôtel du Parc Orford

1259 Chemin de la Montagne

Orford, Qc, J1X 6X9

819-843-8887 | 1-800-567-3475 | poste 317

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Programation des trois jours en format PDF


For the May 17 - 20 long weekend, 14 members of the Ramblers Association had accepted the Parc-Orford Hotel's invitation for a complete hiking week end in the Eastern Townships. We arrived on Friday afternoon and after dinner, we took part in a night safari in the woods where all of our senses were challenged. We were accompanied by 3 SÉPAQ guides who initiated us to the sounds and odors of Mount Orford Park. We learned how to move in the forest in the total darkness with a sound screen of the song of spring peepers. We are proud of now being able to recognize the odor of raccoon glands! A raspberry tea was served to us before the return to the hotel.

On Saturday morning, we left for the day to climb Mount-Chauve. We climbed the West side trail to reach the barren summit, close to 600 metres in altitude with an ascent of 300 m. On reaching  the summit, an amazing view of Lake Stukely and Mount Orford awaits you. We had lunch on the flat rock on top of Mount-Chauve and then descended via  the East side trail. The group hiked the 9.6 km distance  in 3h30 (including a break for lunch at the top). The sight of Lake Stukely and Mount-Orford is splendid, and in spring, nature is particularly beautiful with the edges of trails lined with white or dark red trilliums and other wild plants.


The day concluded with an entertaining show ''Long Live Musical Comedy '' performed by the talented trio made up of Marie-Pierre Labonté, Martin Gregoire and Marco Labranche, our friendly organizer.

Sunday morning, the group set out again in direction of the of  Mount-Orford. Although the assent is only 435 m,  the '' La 4 km '' is difficult because it is a gravel path that goes straight up without any flat sections; bit once at the top, the panoramic view of the surrounding peaks takes your breath away as much as the climb. The view takes in the entire region: Mont-Chauve to the north, Mont Chapman and Lake Magog to the East, the village of Magog and Mont Sutton to the South as well as Lake Orford to the west.  We descended via a downhill ski trail  '' La Grande Coulée ''.  The 6.3 km hike was completed in 2 hours including a photo stop at the top.


The level of both hikes is intermediate.  We enjoyed a nice lunch, then at 2pm boarded the bus to return to the hotel.

We had  beautiful weather with sunshine and clear skies all weekend. We all enjoyed our stay and met with some other hiking clubs such as the Joliette club de marche Zahra and the Mille Pattes club of  Fabreville.

 All the participants thoroughly enjoyed their stay and we thank the Hotel Park-Orford for having organized this weekend in collaboration with the Federation de la marche du Quebec. Our cordial thanks go to all the professional staff of the Parc-Orford Hotel and especially to Patrick Turgeon, the coordinator, and to Marco Labranche who accompanied us on each excursion and offered us, along with the two other singers, a most pleasant musical evening.­

Claude's PHOTOS  

Carole's PHOTOS 

sign no animals  Please take note that pets are not allowed on hikes.

Members should have their card at each hike. The membership fees have to be paid by check or by Interac.

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 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.

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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.

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