Discover the Aerobic Corridor
The Aerobic Corridor follows the former CN railway line and is now surfaced with crushed gravel. At a gentle average grade of 4%, it passes through several villages and is a great way to see the western Laurentians. There’s no charge in the summer and the trail is multi-use, so be sure to listen and watch for bikes. The trail joined the Route Verte in 2008, so it has become a popular spot for cyclists.
Pick your distance
From the town of Morin Heights, you can access the trail from the old train station on Lac Écho road. Keep in mind this isn’t a loop: the hike is a good ol’ there-and-back-again, unless you park a vehicle in Montfort, about 9km from Morin Heights, or in Lac-des-Seize-Îles which is about 24km away.
Take it in
The diverse rural landscape just keeps going. You’ll see mountains, forests, valleys, farmers’ fields and plenty of water – lakes, rivers and waterfalls. The full Aerobic Corridor (or Corridor Aérobique, as it’s locally known) is 58km, and stretches all the way to St-Rémi-d’Amherst.
Regardless of the route length you choose, you’ll want to be comfortable, well-nourished and hydrated. Wear hiking shoes or boots that you’ve broken in, along with layered clothing and a backpack with plenty of snacks and water. Don’t forget a hat, sunscreen and bug spray as part of your 10 essentials, and head out with your Leave No Trace tips handy.