What’s the difference between hiking and walking?
For some sports, it may be stretching the truth to say “If you can walk, you can …” But in this case, there is no exaggeration. If you can walk, you can hike. The British – who are among the keenest hikers you will find anywhere – don’t even bother with a special word for it; it’s all walking. We call it hiking depending on where you do it, why, and what you have on.
Hiking is walking on trails in natural surroundings, for pleasure and exercise, wearing appropriate clothing and carrying what you need to be self-sufficient. That can still range from an easy stroll in the woods to an arduous trek over valleys and summits. But overall, it is one of the simplest, least expensive, yet most healthy and enjoyable of all outdoor pursuits.
Whatever your level, Randonnée Aventure offers you the opportunity to get a leg up, so to speak. In the Montreal area, we are blessed with superb hiking terrain in almost every direction, waiting to be explored. We have day trips throughout the season (May thru October), most of them taking you to the trails via chartered bus, with a well-earned pub stop on the way back. We also offer several long-weekend excursions. We arrange carpooling and comfortable accommodations where you can try out a variety of trails over several days.
On all trips, we have knowledgeable leaders who prepare everyone with maps and printed trail descriptions and friendly advice. After that, we hike in small groups of varying ability, with members at every level ready to welcome new hiking companions.
Getting ready and booking your hikes
Your main guide to this season’s schedule is our hiking calendar. If you are new to the sport, take special note of the first event in our calendar, an annual Introductory Hike at a nearby location – free except for possible site admission fee.
For more general information, such as how to become a member, how to sign up for hiking and other activities, or how to lend a hand to our volunteer-run club, please check the links on our navigation bar just above. To get in touch with us directly, please see the contact information just to the right.
”We were not pioneers ourselves, but we journeyed over old trails that were new to us, and with hearts open. Who shall distinguish?”
James Thorington, ”The Glittering Mountains of Canada”