If you can walk, you can hike
For some sports, it may be stretching the truth to say “If you can walk, you can …” but in this case, there is no exaggeration. If you can walk, you can hike. The British – who are among the keenest hikers you will find anywhere – don’t even bother with a special word for it; it’s all walking. We call it hiking depending on where you do it, why, and what you have on.
Hiking is walking on trails in natural surroundings, for pleasure and exercise, wearing appropriate clothing and carrying what you need to be self-sufficient. That can still range from an easy stroll in the woods to an arduous trek over valleys and summits. But overall, it is one of the simplest, least expensive, yet most healthy and enjoyable of all outdoor pursuits.
Whatever your level, Randonnée Aventure offers you the opportunity to get a leg up, so to speak. In the Montreal area, we are blessed with superb hiking terrain in almost every direction, waiting to be explored. We offer day trips throughout the season (May thru October), where we travel to the trails via chartered bus, with a well-earned pub stop on the way back. We also offer several long-weekend excursions (unfortunately not offered in 2023). On these weekend trips, we arrange carpooling and comfortable accommodations where you can try out a variety of trails over several days.
How our hikes work
A few days before each of our day trips, maps and trail descriptions are emailed to participants, providing ample time to review. These notes will list all the hiking options available and the associated trail difficulty. Then, on the bus on the morning of the hike, knowledgeable leaders will offer friendly advice, with a focus on new participants. At the destination, we hike in small groups of varying ability, with members at every level ready to welcome new hiking companions.
Getting ready and booking your hikes
Please consult the Hiking Calendar for a full list of the outings we are offering this season.
All of the hiking day trips that are available for purchase on our website include transportation by luxury coach. Please consult the Hiking Bus Pick-ups and Drop-offs for all the details. Note that some trips may be identified as Extended Hikes that return a little later to allow extra trail time. New members will also be interested in our Hiking Tips and Trail Difficulty Ratings.
For more general information, such as our description of fees, how to become a member, how to purchase hiking trips, or how to lend a hand to our volunteer-run club, we invite you to browse our many web pages. To get in touch with us directly, please consult the Contact section.
”We were not pioneers ourselves, but we journeyed over old trails that were new to us, and with hearts open. Who shall distinguish?”
”The Glittering Mountains of Canada”