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Self discovery trail of of Mont Saint-Hilaire Download in PDF format
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Here you can find the parking lot and the information building.
Point 1 - Meadow

An extensive clearing that once was home to an apple orchard, the meadow is a great place to observe the forests as it gradually regenerates. Sun-loving plants will gradually give way to shrubs and bushes, which will be replaced in turn by trees.
Point 2 - Spring

Whether in the form of rain, tree transpiration, streams or the lake itself, water has helped shape the wide range of natural environments found on the mountain. Streams like these create specific conditions that favour the growth of certain types of vegetation. Here, ferns adorn the ground.
Point 3 - Forest

The forest is home to a wide variety of plants and tree species which give it a character all its own. It is an ideal habitat for the many animals that live here. You might just be lucky enough to spot some of them!
Point 4 - Life

From germination to death, trees supply shelter and food for animals, insects and decomposers of all kinds. All the signs are there. Look closely!
Point 5 - Erosion

If the soil that covers the ground is carried away by water, wind or visitor's feet, the plants and trees lose their means of support and source of food. Over time, erosion is harmful to the forest's beauty and health.
Point 6 - Lake Hertel

Lake Hertel, whose tranquil beauty shimmers all year round, owes its name to the mountain's first owner, Seigneur Jean-Baptiste Hertel. The lake is not only a jewel to be admired, but also a source of life for the surrounding forest, and indicator of the environment's quality and a reflection of the mountain's history.
Point 7 - History

Some of the great pines here are close to 400 years old. Living witnesses to the mountain's history, these trees have seen water mills, Iroquois Hotel holidaymakers, mountain pilgrims, apple parties and thousands upon thousands of visitors. The mountain is a unique treasure, and it is up to all of us to preserve it.
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