Le Vertendre territory
Le Vertendre offers its clients over a 100 acres of luxuriant mountain forests on the southwest side of Mount-Orford National Park, in the beautiful region of the Eastern Townships. This magnificent green space is located only an hour drive from Montreal and 45 minutes from the American border.
Le Vertendre is also home to 15 km of private forest trails ideal for hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or mountain biking! You’ll have a great time discovering the waterfalls and cascading streams found throughout the property and maybe even take one of the paths leading to the top of Mount Sylvio-Lacharité to enjoy a panoramic view of several lakes and the Appalachian mountain range!
Lac de la Source
In the past, gravel had been collected from the bottom of this water basin, having a considerable negative effect on the surrounding wildlife and flora. In 2006, le Vertendre, with the Ministry of the Environment’s approval, took it upon itself to refurbish this body of water, which is fed by natural springs coming from the mountain. Enjoy a nice picnic on its shore or lounge in the sun between dips in the lake! There’s also a sandbox built for our younger visitors and a few footbridges built alongside the lake for frog hunting and trout fishing!
During winter, you can lace up your skates while enjoying the snowy landscape of the majestic white mountain in front of you!
Lac aux Castors
Discover this ecological jewel in its purest natural state by exploring its shores while aboard a kayak or canoe at your disposal.
This rich floral wetland is sure to please you, as it attracts diverse wildlife including moose, white-tailed deer and river otters. And if you’re lucky, you may even get to watch the beavers building a dam!
These two trails form a beautiful 5.5 km loop, taking you to the top of the mountain along crystal clear streams and waterfalls all year round. A refreshing hike, where taking a dip becomes very tempting in warm weather! During winter, put on your snowshoes or climbing skins (back country skiing) to reach Mount Sylvio-Lacharité’s summit, at an altitude of approximately 600 meters. Once you’ve made it, take advantage of the unbelievable view to re-energize before beginning your downhill trek at the desired pace!
Chute des Schtroumpfs
On your way up or down the mountain you’ll discover… la Chute des Schtroumpfs (“Smurfs Waterfall”). During periods of heavy rainfall or melting snow, take a moment to appreciate this incredible natural water source just as you would a rare and precious work of art… Be sure to stop by this enchanted scenery, that was considered for the filming of the 3rd Smurfs movie! This superb waterfall also makes for a great place to take a swim; a true polar bath experience, all year round!
Sentier de la réserve
This 5km trail borders the 340-acre private natural reserve, a protected area established to preserve the various trees, plants and wetlands. During any season, hikers are privileged to walk around, snowshoe, cross-country ski or even winter bike (fat bike: four-season bike that minimizes soil erosion.). At the center of this untouched boreal forest, you are in constant blissful proximity with the diverse wildlife and flora. Some of you may even have the chance to see species that are at risk such as the purple salamander and wild garlic.
Sentier de la promenade
This “pioneer” trail is located at the base of le Vertendre development, bypassing the streets and interspersed with magnificent woodlands. Both simple and accessible, it is approximately 2 km long and practicable for family members of all ages. Explore the trail by mountain bike, hike or snowshoe and cross-country ski in the winter.