The Aerobic Corridor Park in the summer
Whether you’re into walking, biking, hiking, training for a race or simply observing nature, the Aerobic Corridor Park is a unique experience into the great outdoors thanks to its broad range of available activities. Spanning the distance between Morin-Heights and Amherst, the park offers a privileged contact with nature and showcases the splendours of wild and agricultural landscapes dotted with lakes, streams and beautiful Western Laurentian panoramas.
You can bike safely over all 58 km of the bicycle path located in the Aerobic Corridor Park. The path accommodates cyclists of all ages and abilities. The average slope gradient is 5 % and the bearing surface is made of compacted crushed rock with a rather sandy texture. For this reason, it is strongly advised to use a hybrid or mountain bike on this multi-use trail.
Mountain bikers tend to focus their attention on the section between Morin-Heights and Montfort! Many narrow and winding mountain bike trails are accessible from the park, including the CN trail in Morin-Heights, designed for beginners.
Hiking and running
Exploring the Aerobic Corridor Park on foot is a most pleasant experience. Its gentle slope makes it easily accessible, even in the heart of nature. A number of trails, which are accessible via the park between Morin-Heights and Montfort, are ideal for runners in training. There are also hiking trails in the more technically demanding mountainous areas. Alone or with friends, this healthy and peaceful environment is a great place to get in shape and recharge your batteries surrounded by beautiful forests, agricultural fields and rivers.
Observation of the flora and fauna
The Aerobic Corridor Park is home to a broad range of flora and fauna. Experiencing the sights and sounds of nature in the Park is a very rewarding experience. Being less mountainous, and lined with cultivated fields and fallow lands, the section between Huberdeau and Montcalm is particularly sought after by bird watchers. According to the Club d’ornithologique des Hautes-Laurentides, the Aerobic Corridor Park attracts more southern species of birds, in addition to the many typical varieties of birds found in the Laurentians. Keep an eye out for a number of birdhouses along the Corridor, courtesy of the ornithological society.
Adjacent to the park, Lac Saint-François-Xavier is great place to take a break or enjoy an afternoon of nautical activities. Canoes, kayaks and paddle boards can be rented at the Montfort Pavilion. Located near the parking lot at Arundel, Canoe Kayak Arundel rents non-motorized watercraft for accessing the Beaven River. Upstream, you come upon three lakes offering great fishing possibilities; downstream, you arrive at the sandy beaches of the Rouge River. If you’re the more contemplative type of visitor, you can bring your bike aboard the shuttle that takes you across Lac des Seize-Îles and discover the fascinating built heritage of this imposing body of water. Canoes et kayaks can also be rented at the General Store in Lac-des-Seize-Îles.
You can add a cultural dimension to your outing and learn about the history and heritage of the Western Laurentians by following the historic circuit that spans the aerobic corridor. You can bike the historic circuit from Morin-Heights to Amherst. Information panels installed in each municipality you cross tell the story of this old Canadian National Railway track that used to crisscross part of the Laurentians transporting various merchandise.
While you’re here, you must sample the local flavours of the organic farms located near the Aerobic Corridor. There are two popular places to find the energy food you need to complete your journey to the great outdoors. The Runaway Creeks offers more than 160 products: fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, etc. You can also treat yourself to the Morgan Farm, offering convenience store items and fresh bakery products.