The Gorge Park (Parc de la Gorge) is located in the heart of Coaticook. This park is one of the most widely known tourist attractions in the Coaticook Region and in the Eastern Townships.
The phenomenon of the gorge is unique. It was formed during the last ice age which dates back to about 20,000 years ago. Today, the 615 acres of land belonging to the park offer a variety of activities during both the summer and winter seasons. The hiking trails and more than 150 camping lots in the forest remain the most popular summer activities in the park.
Tourisme-Quebec and Camping-Quebec have classified the campground as 4 stars campground, a rather high level. Stretching across the Gorge of Coaticook at a height of 50 metres, the suspension bridge is the major attraction. While walking the trails, hikers will come across two observation towers, a cave, a dam, an operational hydroelectric power station, cascades, a round barn, a flower garden, a horseback riding centre, a mini farm, and the majestic Gorge of the Coaticook River.
Visitors can take advantage of the magnificent scenery by having a picnic, by taking a romantic stroll for two or by simply sharing the time on the trails with friends. As for activities during the winter, snow tubing and snowshoe trails are among the most popular. A number of other seasonal activities are offered year after year. Note than the trails are separated into three loops: the first being of 3 kilometres, the second being of 7 km, and third extends to 10 km.
The first part of the Park hiking trails is certainly the most often visited. It includes the suspension bridge, the Couillard Observation Tower, the hydroelectric dam, the cave and the operational hydroelectric power station. It is also in this part of the park where you will walk under the cliffs of the Gorge along the Coaticook River. In the second and third parts you will discover the cascades, a second observation tower, the round barn, the old covered bridge, a bird watching site, the flower garden, the horseback riding centre, and the mini farm.
It is in the second and third parts of the trails where you will be brought deeper into the forest and may perhaps cross tracks with deer. Both the young and not-so-young can walk our trails with ease.
Dogs are permitted throughout the entire park as long as they are on a leash. The park suggests to families with babies to use a baby carrier. In winter snow tubing at the Gorge Park of Coaticook will surely guarantee a lot of fun. What's more, the outdoor skating rink and the snowshoe trails can complete a day of sliding at our winter wonderland. You should visit us, take a deep breath of fresh air and enjoy yourselves at our winter outdoor recreational centre. Besides, winding through the mountain, the 20 km of snowshoe trails are sure to please everyone.
Whether it is to admire the scenery, the animals or to improve your health, snowshoeing is an ideal activity for everyone. You can lease quality snowshoes at the Welcome Centre (The Round Barn). Come on down and discover our wonderful trails and have a great time in our region! Snowshoeing is a pastime that has been in constant evolution for several years. More and more people have caught on to this winter activity. Four different trails are at the disposal of the experienced or beginners. The varied trails will surely offer a challenge to everyone. Well indicated and maintained regularly, the snowshoe trails are easy for anyone to follow. The Parc de la Gorge of Coaticook is no doubt a dream spot to practice mountain snowshoeing and take in a deep breath of fresh air.
Find out more about the park:
Société de développement de la Gorge de Coaticook Inc. 400, rue St-Marc, C.P. 245
Telephone: 1-819-849-2331 or toll free: 1-888-LAGORGE (1-888-524-6743)
Web Site of the Park De la Gorge of Coaticook: www.gorgedecoaticook.qc.ca