In Outdoors

Go backcountry camping in Mont-Orford before November 1, when the mountain’s fall camping season officially ends.

My highlight was easily listening to a pack of coyotes howl in the distance as I drifted to sleep.

This past weekend, I stayed at a campground called “Camping Le Vallonier,” a backcountry ground with 14 camp dispersed sites and communal fireplace.

The site takes about 20-30 minutes to hike to from the nearest parking lots.

Campground Amenities

– The sites are on raised wooden platforms, keeping you dry and nature intact.

– There is a well-maintained Clivus Multrum outhouse. These are impressive outhouses that compose waste using solar energy.

– There is a woodshed with chopped wood for use.

Backcountry Camping & Hiking

I set up camp on Saturday afternoon then went hiking for three hours to enjoy the early days. Fall colours are slowly changing from green to yellow, orange, and red.

You can get a live update on this interactive map of fall foliage and colours in Quebec.

The trails are well-maintained, but also fairly highly traffic. It was easy to find lesser-known trails that were quieter, and you can see the park map here (PDF).

I spent the evening around the fire with a young couple from Sherbrooke talking about our favourite outdoor adventures and destinations.

A big thank you to Tourism Eastern Townships, who maintain an excellent website with regional activity and culinary suggestions.

Parc national du Mont-Orford is run by Québec national park operator, Sépaq.

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