The Alfred Kelly nature reserve is located between Prévost and Piedmont, along the Rivière du Nord river. The trails in the park revolve around Lake Paradise, and then up the mountain, from where you can see beautiful panoramas from high above.
The trails revolving around Paradise Lake offer a quiet and pleasant hike in between the trees. You will find yourself immersed in the green, with a beautiful light filtering in between the leaves.
When you approach the lake, you will experience an explosion of colours. The trails offer multiple spots to observe wildlife:you can easily have close-up encounters with beavers, hares, frogs, and falcons. If you’re really lucky, you can also spot moose. We didn’t see them, but we think we heard them, and that was quite incredible. Also, be aware that the area is also home to more than 20 species of snakes. We didn’t see any, but in all honesty we were not exactly looking for it.
From the lake, you can choose to loop around the lake and go back, or to continue further up.
The trail winding up the mountain is long and steep: the trail is marked as “strenuous”, so make sure that you’re properly prepared and equipped if you want to go that way. We have reached the first observation point, where we stopped to admire the view over the surrounding mountains, and then we got back to the lake. However, you can continue for a full day walk if you’re up to the challenge.
If you’re looking for a hike that immerses you in the nature, Alfred-Kelly Nature Reserve is surely a go-to place. Bring your own food for a longer hike!