Category Archives: Générale

Let’s take stock of the situation

November 24th, 2019

For the last few months, for out of control events, like onlogging and land sales, we had no choice but to close some sections of the path Par Monts et Vals.

In order to give you a complete overview of the situation, here is the information, altogether, as of today, and applicable until further notice.

Les Rangs inachevés
Part of the section, from Ivry to rang 9 is closed for security reasons.

Au Pays de Kaaikop
It is no longer possible to access this section via chemin Galarneau.
Part of the land from there towards Rang 6 has been sold. The new owners do not wish to allow people walk through it for the moment and have put up a few Private Property signs.  Please do respect that guideline.
The Par Monts et Vals panel has also been removed.  The Municipal authorities may eventually conclude a new agreement with the owners.

Les terres de Miron
The access to this section is now possible only from Val-des-Lacs on a distance of 2,5 km (up to the highest part of this section).

La lantiéroise
This section is actually closed, but part of it is taken care of by the Municipality with free access to their own trail network.

There is still open sections where you can still enjoy the winter being respectful of Private Property or other signs.

Time for good hikes

After the Spring clean-up, some big fallen trees had to be cleared from the way by volunteers.

Mark-ups were refreshed in most sections and even if  some trimming still need here and there, the trail is more than ever ready to welcome you this fall.

**WARNING** Ongoing logging in the Eastern part of Les Terres de Miron. This part will therefore be closed for about a year. (see details under ALERTS)

Thanks again to those named earlier for their work and availability including Jean-Claude and François who joined the “team” lately.

The forest is such a beautiful place!

 (Report of the cleaning weekend in the PMEV trail)

The sections MACSHANE and AU PAYS DE KAAIKOP have been completely cleaned apart from some large trees that can be easily bypassed for now. Very nice work of several days including the refresh markup in La MacShane.
THANKS to Sandra, John and Normand.
Same thing for the PREFONTAINE-D’EN-HAUT section, from Trudeau Street (Château-Bleu) up to one kilometer past the refuge except for the beginning of the trail, still too wet or completely soaked. For now, it’s better to have waterproof boots or shoes to get through it.
THANKS to Catherine, Johanne, Serge and Suzanne.

LES RESERVES NATURELLES are also free of branches or other obstacles along the entire length, with some detours marked with blue ribbon around a wetland and some trees too big to be moved.
THANKS to Colette and Georges from the Club des Randonneurs de St-Jérôme and to Lawrence.

In the RANGS INACHEVÉS section, even if the logging is finished, it will take a lot of work to clear and mark the route to reach the forest through the part left fallow. It is better not to venture there immediately. We will keep you informed of the developments.
THANKS to Yves and Laurent who have already spent a busy day there.

Finally, the SAINT-AGRICOLE section has been cleaned from one end to the other. Two large trees that fell across the trail were delimbed to allow them to pass over without injury. The work to take these out of the way remains to be done.
THANKS to Pascal and Victor.

As for the VAL-DAVID-VAL-MORIN section, it was taken over by the Regional Park management in collaboration with the citizens who took part in the chores of the park.

Future efforts will be focused on refreshing markup in most sections. Volunteers for this work are always welcome (paint provided).

The other sections also deserve our attention, notice to those who frequent them.

It’s always time to do some cleaning in the sections you like or to contact us to join the teams that are occasionally trained for a particular release or repair work. Keep us informed of your efforts, that we enjoy sharing, or the needs for some heavy works you notice while on the trail.

Another BIG THANKS to all for this collective spirit. That is what makes the forest such a beautiful place!



Let’s take the ball, before the fly season! (Clean-up duty May 25)

Even if spring is long overdue, it’s time to think about preparing the trail to maximize the enjoyment of your next hikes. Windy autumn and winter left numerous traces and some sections were more affected than others.

On Saturday May 25, you are therefore invited to participate to a clean-up duty to your measure.

By the morning, we will wait for you at to organize teams at
Centre de plein air Camping Ste-Agathe
2, chemin du Lac-des-Sables (corner of route 329 – opposite side of Théâtre Le Patriote)
in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts

Please indicate the time you can spend with us, the tools you can bring
(pruners, shears, etc.) and the part of the path you choose, if you have a preference.

Those who can supply and operate a chainsaw are welcome to assist with more important clearance work.

Mainly, we need to…

  • clear the passage of easily movable fallen branches, prune as necessary;
  • re-marking trails;
  • identify and report heavier work needs (i.e. fallen trees obstructing the path).

Make it your first outing of the season, with family, friends or with your bowling club!

If this date does not suits you but you would like to participate at another time,
please contact us. We would be happy to discuss it and put it on our calendar.

Reminder and recommendations:

  • choose temperature-appropriate clothing (long sleeves and long pants preferred)
  • wear work gloves
  • bring some water and your lunch
  • take along the tools you have
  • mosquito repellent and/or sunscreen may be necessary

We are looking forward to enjoy nature with you!

Laurent Paquette
Chargé de projet
819 219-2660

Enjoy harmony between man and nature all year round

The Indian summer is already far and colors soared. Never mind, before whiteness offers us a quite new landscape, walking and hiking stays the most invigorating activity and a good way to plan snowshoewing time to come.

During the last few months, many volunteers participated in cleaning and/or marking of:
… section Les Réserves naturelles;
… section Au Pays de Kaaikop;
… section Les Terres de Miron, including both accesses at chemin du Lac-Maxime and chemin de la Montagne-Noire.

Many many thanks to those who will recognize themselves!!!

Reminder : Closed sections until November 16 (hunting season)
– La MacShane;
– Les Rangs inachevés, between rang 9 and chemin du P’tit Bonheur;
– Part of La Préfontaine-d’en-Haut, on the first 3.8 km starting at chemin Huot (that is up to the higher point of this section).

For your safety,  you must comply with this land owners’ condition who generously let us enjoy the trail the rest of the year.

The part of section Les Rangs inachevés, starting at Ivry, closed this summer because of ongoing logging, will need to be cleaned and marked again before its access is authorized.

For the time being, it is too difficult to walk through the mess and, as markers have disappeared, there is a risk to get lost in the forest.  We will keep you informed.

The accesses of sections Mount-Catherine and Préfontaine-d’en-Haut were definitively settled at the very top of Trudeau street.

From its start, La Préfontaine-d’en-Haut was redrawn on a distance of about 1.5 km. As long as the path will not enough have been walked and seem highly frequented, be attentive to the marks to avoid leaving in a wrong direction.

During the winter, there will be no other choice but to park down the street and walk up to the entrances where direction of both sections are clearly indicated.


Your trail needs love… (Clean-up August 24-25-26)

Seasonal trail clean-up August 24-25-26*

Gather your friends and choose your day for this special activity.

Hike through your favorite section (or let us assigne you one).

The needs are…

  • clear the path from fallen branches easy to move, prune if necessary;
  • refresh the markups;
  • note and report heavier jobs (i.e. fallen trees obstructing the path) which will be taken care of by the “special team”**.

* Any other date can be picked-up if these do not fit your agenda.

** If you can supply and operate your own chainsaw, you’ll be welcome within the “special team”.


Please, specify your choice of date and the portion of the trail you prefer, how much time you have and the tools you can bring with you (clippers, pruner, pair of shears, etc.).

Looking forward to see you!

Prepare yourself before going out in the trail

Are you planning to go walking and hiking in the Par Monts et Vals trail?

Before you leave, take a few minutes to consult the new information we have added to our website to help you find the accesses.

Choose your section from THE TRAIL menu (top of the screen) and click on the button “Location des accès pour …..” Besides the GPS address easy to use with Google Maps, we propose directions including the number of kilometers to get there.

Have a nice day out there, and do not hesitate to send your comments.
Photos free of rights will be also very appreciated.

Clean-up of the path on June 3rd

***Saturday, June 3***

**Clean-up of the path**

*Pre-registration requested : 819 219-2660*

Here is a nice way to participate at the  JOURNÉE NATIONALE DES SENTIERS following the example of number of North American hikers.

After the melting of snow and plentiful spring rains, the path need care, and any help is welcome!

We invite all the hikers and walkers who want to do their part in the sustainability of the path to participate in this friendly day!  Everybody can participate.

In teams, the participants will be in charge of the one or other one of the following tasks, according to their capacities:

  • Repaint or install signaling;
  • Tear away or cut the regrowth;
  • Collect branches blocking the course;
  • Move or cut fallen trees.

Show your biggest smile, put on your best bootees, bring water, snacks, sunscreen, hunting-mosquito repellent, working gloves and tools (shears, small ax, rake, etc.) and come to give a hand to the nature!

The morning meeting point will be at the entry of  Camping Sainte-Agathe at 9 am.

Section Val-David-Val-Morin of the path now subject to the current access fares to Parc régional de Val-David-Val-Morin

April 4, 2017

The access to the section Val-David-Val-Morin of the path is no longer free but now subject to the current access fares to Parc régional de Val-David-Val-Morin.

Thanks to the users to respect this new rule in order to keep good relationship between all the partners.

For information –
Access fares to Parc régional de Val-David-Val-Morin :  winter – summer

Map printing made easier

April 4, 2017

It is now easier to print the maps of the path and to share the contents of our web site. Indeed, at the foot of every page, buttons were set up to print the page or share the link by e-mail or on Facebook.

Plus, a simple click on the image of a map or on one of the panels (Panneaux du sentier) also allows to see it in its entirety. A right click of the mouse on this enlarged image, gives the option to open it in a new tab.  Once in this new tab, a new right click in the margin allows generally to print it by means of the print manager of your computer, according to your personal parameters.

Other improvements are to come for the summer!