Alfred-Kelly Nature Reserve, Quebec
The reserve is of great interest for birdwatchers, who may spot 22 of Quebec's 27 raptor species here. The small lakes are also used by mallards and other waterfowl.
The property is home to moose, beaver and small animals such as porcupine, American mink, hare and common garter snake. It is also recognized for its rare red oak and white pine stand and its rich maple and linden stand.
Trail length: Varied, loops possible from all entrances. There are several distance options, with four starting points from Piedmont and Prévost.
Hike difficulty: Moderate to strenuous.
Amenities on-site: Parking is authorized and available at each of the four entrances located in Piedmont and Prévost. There are no benches or shelters on the property.
Points of interest
- Lake Paradis
- wetland with beaver dam
- many viewpoints from the top of the cliffs
Species you can look out for
- American mink
- common garter snake
- Holboell’s rockcress
- peregrine falcon
- pickerel frog
- purple clematis
- red oak
- smooth green snake
Option 1: Prévost
- From Montreal, travel north on Highway 15 and take exit 55 (Prévost).
- Follow Route 117 North to the Gare de Prévost (Prévost train station).
- The trail starts at the gateway located on the north side of Rue de la Station, next to the P’tit Train du Nord bike path.
Option 2: Piedmont
- On Highway 15 North, take exit 58 for Piedmont/Chemin Avila.
- Turn right on Chemin du Moulin.
- Turn left onto QC-117 N.
- Turn right onto Chemin de la Gare to reach the Gare de Piedmont (146 Chemin de la Gare).
- Head southeast on Chemin de la Rivière and continue to the end of the road where there is parking. There is a trail map showing how to reach the reserve from there.
All visitors to NCC properties do so at their own risk.
When visiting the property, please:
- Respect the wildlife and other visitors.
- Travel on designated paths only.
- Dogs are not allowed on the reserve.
- Refrain from lighting fires or smoking.
- Remove your own garbage.
- Respect that the property does not permit the removal of any plants or animals.