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The "P'tit Train du Nord" Linear Park

This former railway track has been turned into the longest linear park in Canada.
It stretches over 200 km, from Saint-Jérôme to Mont-Laurier.

The sector of Antoine-Labelle from La Macaza to Mont-Laurier (88 km), was paved in the Summer of 2003.
In-line skating is now allowed, with stops at any of the 47 information signposts in the sector of Antoine-Labelle.

 

 

Enjoy a ride back in time

The railway line known as “ Le P’tit Train du Nord ” was the dream of legendary Saint-Jérôme priest, Curé Antoine Labelle. Built between Saint-Jérôme and Mont-Laurier during 1891 and 1909, it would turn out to be the key to regional development.  “ Le P’tit Train du Nord ” fostered the growth of the Laurentian tourist industry.  As soon as the first trains reached the stations each season, the mountain villages became alive.  The unprecedented success of “Le P’tit Train du Nord” reached a peak between 1920 and 1940 when its owners, Canadian Pacific, innovated with snow trains. Jolly passengers, boarding at Montreal, left every weekend and headed to the Laurentians to have fun and enjoy nature and skiing, the new “in” sport.

“ Le P’tit Train du Nord ” made its last passenger journey on November 15, 1981 and the last freight train ran in 1989. Then, as early as 1987, the whole region mobilized and nine years later, in 1996, the “Le P’tit Train du Nord” Linear Park was inaugurated.  Train stations along the Park have since been renovated and converted into service centres. These days, the Linear Park operates a fully-fledged tourist industry of its own, catering to cyclists, skaters, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers.  In 2006, the dream of Curé Labelle remains very much alive:  drawing a stream of visitors to the region looking to get away and enjoy some healthy outdoor activities in our fresh mountain air.

Source : Tourisme Laurentides

 

Click to view the map of the P'tit Train du Nord, Section Antoine-Labelle