Some interesting rock climbing routes are located on the northern slopes facing the town Mont Saint-Hilaire, a nature reserve and a popular hiking area close to the city of Montreal and a notable high point on the flat plain the once was the Champlain Sea millions of years ago. On a clear day you can see excellent views of the far off city. This peak also boasts a natural lake, Lac Hertel. The trails are open all year round to hikers, cross-country skiers and snowshoers. The land including the mountain itself was once owned by an weathy English business man named Gault who left the property to the University of McGill which maintains it today. His estate, The Gault Estate, situated on the lake is now used as a small convention and meeting centre. All of the hiking routes are easy. William Marler, April 12, 2004, Nikon Cool Pix 5000.
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