We have friends who live in the area of Rawdon, and we go up a few times each summer to visit. It is a little over an hour’s drive on a weekday, making it the perfect day trip, although I must confess we often stay over. We tell ourselves that we must visit the area’s rapids each time. When I was young, the area was free to walk and discover. That is no longer the case.
As Rawdon continued to grow, the town recognized the importance of providing accessible parks for everyone. But the infrastructure needed to be funded. While the parks remain free for residents, “outsiders” need to pay a $12 entry fee. The good news is that the ticket is good for all three parks for the day. The bad news is that it is more than likely you will only visit one and settle. The really good news is it is only $4 for seniors, but you must provide proof of age.
TIP:I suggest stopping at the Parc des Chutes first and taking a stroll. Then head off to one of the other parks.
Rawdon, Quebec, is a picturesque town known for its natural beauty and charming outdoor spaces. Over the years, the parks of Rawdon have evolved and adapted to the community’s changing needs. It has become quite a place for tourists from Montreal on a day trip. Rawdon’s love for nature and outdoor activities has been a driving force in expanding and maintaining these beloved green spaces letting folks unwind and have fun.
One of Rawdon’s oldest and most iconic parks is Parc des Chutes Dorwin. Nestled amidst lush greenery, this park boasts a stunning waterfall that cascades down the rocks, creating a breathtaking sight. Back in the day, locals would gather for picnics and leisurely walks and dip their toes in the river’s refreshing waters. Parc des Chutes Dorwin has always been a tranquil oasis where people could escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and connect with nature.
I thought the name was a bit odd, so I did some research. The park’s name, “Chutes Dorwin,” does have an interesting origin. The name “Dorwin” is derived from the combination of Dorothy and Winston. In the early 1900s, the land surrounding the waterfall was owned by Dorothy and Winston Munsie. They were passionate about nature and recognized the beauty and potential of the area. In 1930, they decided to open the land to the public and named it “Chutes Dorwin” in honour of their shared names.
Another gem in Rawdon is Parc des Cascades. As the name suggests, this park is famous for its cascading waterfalls. The rushing waters and their soothing sound make it a perfect spot for relaxation and contemplation. Families often come here for day trips, enjoying a barbecue by the riverbanks or playing games on the spacious green lawns. Parc des Cascades has seen generations of laughter and happy memories, making it a cherished place for the people of Rawdon.
If you’re in the mood for outdoor adventure, Parc des Montagnards should be on your radar. This park is situated at the foot of the stunning Ouareau Forest and offers a variety of recreational activities. Parc des Montagnards has everything from hiking and biking trails to camping grounds. It’s a place where adrenaline junkies can get their fix, and nature enthusiasts can marvel at the beauty of the surrounding landscape. Many visitors have embarked on thrilling journeys through the park, forging unforgettable memories.
The Town of Rawdon
So, head over to Rawdon next time you want a day trip out of Montreal. Remember it caters to tourists so expect it to be a little expensive.
TIP:Be sure to get your gas outside Rawdon, which will be at least five cents cheaper.
Enjoy the beauty, embrace the serenity, and let the parks of Rawdon weave their magic on you! Then stop off for an ice cream and visit the stores before heading home.
TIP: I want to stress not to go on a weekend where you will be held up in traffic coming and going. That will mean two hours up and two hours back. Also, the parks will be overcrowded.