Morin Heights, Quebec
Next time you visit Montreal
add an excursion into the villages in the surrounding countryside. Our
favorite is Morin Heights, which is a pretty village in the Laurentian
mountains, about 1 1/2 hour drive from the city.
Morin Heights is one starting
point into a 150 km network of
cross-country skiing trails. In summer and sprint these trails
are used for hiking
and mountain biking. The nearest big town,
Saint-Sauveur is great for shopping.
The artists in the area put on the annual
route-des-arts tour of galleries,
which includes our sister Ilania
Abileah. The tour is self-drive.
A work by Michel Blais on exhibit at Arts Morin
Heights. This modern piece is about ice hockey (note the puck in
lower left). All works on display are by local artists and are for sale.
See more Morin
escape (Spring-Fall) in Morin Heights
(For one day
excursion skip to Day 2)
Day 1: Check into your inn or B&B.
Recommended: (1) Auberge Swiss
Inn [$$] (2) Aux
Berges de la Riviere Simon [**, $$]. The Aux Berges is an
1885 farmhouse turned into a B&B. Both are in quite
settings on the outskirts of Morin Heights.
Day 2: Walk/jog the Morin Heights
Aerobics Corridor. There are two possible trail head starts - see photo below. Lunch in "downtown"
Morin Heights and then Visit the Arts Morin Heights gallery (in the
library) to view/purchase works by area artists. Visit the
country store and look in the back for a gadget you had no idea you needed.
Day 3: Morning: take a circuit drive
tour of the lakes in the area. Afternoon: lunch and shop on Rue Principale in Saint-Sauveur.
Corridor aerobique near the trail head in Morin Heights. Another trail
head at Lac-Des-Seize-Iles, gives you more trail time with lake views.
The trail was converted from a railroad right-of-way.