The history of the project
Par Monts and Vals is a trail linking the villages of Ivry-sur-le-Lac, Lantier, Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Sainte-Lucie-des-Laurentides, Val-David, Val-des-Lacs and Val-Morin.
In 2008, this idea was initiated by the municipalities involved within the regional project program of the Rural Pact – 2007 to 2014, a program of the ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l’Occupation du territoire du Québec (MAMROT) supporting municipalities in the region with the maintenance and development of their community; highlighting the human, cultural and natural resources of the area.
Funding for the realisation of the trail was provided equally by the provincial government and the municipalities involved and monitoring of the project was entrusted to the Laurentian MRC.
Combining social, economic and environmental elements, this project represents a good example of sustainable development.
The social element
With the help of the firm Horizon Multiressources, an advisory committee composed of 17 members from each of the municipalities, completed the first phase of the project, which was an inventory of the interesting natural elements, sections of existing trails and public and private services available within the area.
In 2010, nearly 200 taxpayers whose properties were located on the proposed trail route were met to determine their willingness to allow the trail to cross their land. Specialists then studied and validated the various sections of the trail. The non-profit organisation, Par Monts et Vals was founded in 2012, managed by a board of directors consisting of 7 people, proceeded with the finalization of the negotiations with landowners and the planning of the trail.
From 2012 to 2014, a team of 10 specialists located and blazed over 65 km of trail, and installed 30 hiker information panels at the trail entrances.
The project also required the cooperation of various administrative levels of the municipalities, the Laurentian MRC, the Ministry of Natural Resources of Quebec and many others.
Apart from the development costs, purchases made by hikers – both from within the region and from outside – in the shops of the towns and villages along the trail were a major economic component of the project.
The environmental element
Hikers enjoying the trail and the Laurentian fauna and flora, become increasingly aware of the importance of preserving of the environment.
The many other benefits provided by the Par Monts et Vals trail are
•The promotion and accessibility of mountain hiking trails
• The discovery and appreciation of nature
• A simple and economical life style
• Free leisure activities for the entire family
• Good outdoor exercise
• Volunteers enjoying maintaining the trail
All of us who have contributed to the realisation of this regional project, hope you enjoy your walk along the trail, especially over the mountains and through the valleys. Happy hiking!