Built between Saint-Jérôme and Mont-Laurier in the early 20th century, the celebrated line known affectionately as Le P’tit Train du Nord was transformed into one long park in 1996. Today it plays host to cyclists, skaters, cross-country skiers (classic and skating styles) as well as snowmobilers: there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
232 kilometers of trail running beside the magnificent Rivière du Nord and through other natural landscapes made up of forestlands, wetlands and lakes. The old railway line wanders through picturesque villages with their old-fashioned station buildings, offering a unique combination of outdoor activities and cultural interest.
Le P’tit Train du Nord linear park offers a circuit between Bois-des-Filion and Mont-Laurier. Saint-Jérôme is “kilometer zero” and the dividing point between the southern and northern parts of the trail. Place de la Gare, the pedestrian heart of Saint-Jérôme, is the perfect place to pause and rest awhile, perhaps at one of its terraces or cafés.
Another old railroad once laid its tracks from Morin-Heights to Amherst:today, the Aerobic Corridor is open to cyclists looking for an outing right in the heart of nature. Not as busy as its sister trail, the Corridor offers a 58-km circuit which runs through wild landscapes dotted with lakes and green valleys, and winds up and down the fabulous Rivière Rouge. Come and take an unusual ride down nature’s highway! See pages 30 and 31.