The Laurentians (Laurentides in French) is a popular recreation destination only 70 km north of Montreal. In summer, people flock there for biking, running, hand hiking, plus swimming and boating on the area’s numerous lakes. In winter, it’s a popular ski destination. We’ve researched some of the best places for running in the Laurentians, in the area stretching from Saint-Jérôme to Mont-Laurier. Note: Lac=Lake, Piste=Trail.
Among the best places to run in the Laurentians are two long multi-use trails: the P’tit Train du Nord and the Corridor Aérobique. For some nice waterside running, we suggest the trail along Parc Riviere-Nord. In the Mont Tremblant resort area, there are some nice roads and multi-use paths for running around the Village, and terrific trail running options on Mont Tremblant and in Park National Mont Tremblant.
Note many of the main roads in the Laurentians lack shoulders. But there are hundreds of km of more remote, wooded dirt roads with little traffic. Runners should note that winter here is the real deal.