What to do with your dog this summer?
Since June 21, summer has officially begun! It’s that time of the year where the days are warm and sunny, and hiking is a must. Magnificent 360° views await you at the summit of Mont SUTTON, and the whole family is welcome, even your pooch! Although your dog may not accompany you to the Round Top and certain trails of the Parc d’environnement naturel de Sutton in order to protect the ground-breeding Bicknell’s Thrush, dogs on a leash are allowed on the Mont SUTTON’s ski slopes and several trails.*
HIKE WITH YOUR DOG
Come and enjoy the beautiful weather and discover with your dog the many hiking trails accessible from Mont SUTTON. First of all, you can reach the top of the mountain by climbing up the ski trails, completely free of charge! Depending on the route taken, the ascent to the summit of the main chairlift takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
If you haven’t had enough, continue your ascension on the Alleghanys trail for another 20 to 30 minutes to the Chalet Alt. 840 m, from where the view of the Eastern Townships is absolutely breathtaking!
If you’d like to shorten the climb by foot, but still want to enjoy the outstanding panoramas, you can take the chairlift ride! If your dog is docile and able to sit on your lap, it can even accompany you on board (you take full responsibility for its safety)!
CAMP WITH YOUR DOG
Know that you can also camp at the top of Mont SUTTON, and even your dog can enjoy this memorable experience with you. By booking a night or more at the top of the mountain, you’re guaranteed to wake up in one of the most beautiful, and natural settings you’ll ever see in Quebec! If you don’t feel like carrying a meal, you can also have a meal delivered to be cooked on the grill of one of our communal fire rings!
Other hiking options are also available!
If you’d like to take a short hike, we suggest “La Marmite aux sorcières” at the Parc d’environnement naturel de Sutton. It’s a magnificent trail along a series of small natural water basins. In just ten minutes, you’ll have reached “La Marmite” for a total round-trip time of around twenty minutes. From this point, you can also hike down to the village on the 5 km-long Village-Montagne trail, most of which runs alongside a stream, but don’t forget that you’ll have to hike back up the mountain on your way back!
Alternatively, you can opt for “La Chute du Pékan” trail, again free of charge. It’s a lovely trail along an enchanting creek, leading to a refreshing little waterfall for your doggy! The entire route will take you between 60 and 90 minutes to walk.
For the more athletic, you can also discover the Lac Mohawk trail. Tickets are available at the Boutique Experience SUTTON, located directly at the base of Mont SUTTON, for less than $10 per person, and even free for children under 17 accompanied by an adult. During the 2.5 to 3-hour expedition, you’ll follow a magnificent, enchanting trail. We strongly recommend you hike all the way to the Abenaki viewpoint, which promises an astounding view of the green and white mountains and a remarkable view of Lake Mohawk.
FOOD AND MUSIC WITH YOUR DOG
After your family outing, come and reward your efforts at the CUBE-IK outdoor restaurant. A succulent menu awaits you at the foot of the slopes for a tasty meal or a little gourmandise. There’s definitely something for everyone! Burgers, wraps, poutines, poke and vegetarian bowls, and many other delectable options, many of them vegetarian, are available. It’s the place to take your well-deserved break!
Plus, every Saturday from July 8, come and groove to the rhythms of some of the best local talent, right next door to the CUBE-IK restaurant! Our Musical Saturdays promise a warm and festive atmosphere.
PHOTO CONTEST – WITH DOGGY TOO!
While you’re visit, don’t forget that the #PurementSUTTON weekly photo contest is open until October 19. By sharing your best Mont SUTTON photo and tagging it with the hashtag #PurementSUTTON, you could win 4 tickets for a pedestrian or mountain bike chairlift ride! Note that we love pictures of dogs!
Therefore, it’s an outdoor outing with family and friends, dog included that’s well worth the effort!
* Please note however, that although dogs are allowed on a leash at the base of the montagne, at the campground and on the ski trails, we can no longer allow them on the mountain bike trails and on the Parc d’environnement naturel de Sutton, dogs, even on a leash, are only tolerated outside the Réserve naturelle des Montagnes-Vertes (therefore forbidden at Round Top and Dos d’Orignal). For more information on this network of trails, visit their website at parcsutton.com