MISSIONOur mission is to offer the gay men community of the Montreal and Québec City area, an outdoors club where they may participate in various outdoor sports and recreation and in so doing, facilitate comradeship and endorse an appreciation and respect for nature.
Summer Outings : Hiking, Backpacking, Cycling, Canoeing, Kayaking ...
Winter Outings : Snow-shoeing, Cross-country skiing, Downhill Skiing, Skating ...
Additional Activities : High ropes, Mountain Climbing, Nature Interpretation and Ornithology.
Some outings are organized during the weekend with accommodation in shelters, chalets or camp sites. The performance level of each activity varies from easy to difficult.
November 10th, 2002Carol Gagnon and several adepts of outdoor recreation meet to launch an outdoors club for the gay and lesbian community of the Greater Montreal area . After much deliberation, it was agreed to call the club, "Club de plein air Hors Sentiers". How did we come up with this name? We didn’t want to limit our activities to hiking but also wanted to include other outdoor activities like: canoeing, kayaking, cycling, skiing, snow shoeing and others. Our target audience would be gays, lesbians and their friends. During this first meeting, four interim positions were chosen. Carol Gagnon (president), Yvon Daigneault (in charge of registrations), Louis Falardeau (treasurer) and André Bourget (position to be announced).
November 20th, 2002The outdoor club "Hors Sentiers" receives accreditation. The club is incorporated as a non- profit organization in virtue of the law abiding companies.
March 22nd, 2002The logo of the club is unveiled. It was designed by David Hinton. Richard Guay and he provided the committee with some sketches which enabled us to make a decision. The logo was finally adopted in two versions, one with the trail of the rainbow in black and white and the other with the rainbow in colour.
April 26th, 2003Official start of our outings. Before launching the official calendar some informal outings took place during the winter season. Afterwards, we became members of "Équipe Montréal" and the "Fédération québécoise de la marche". Between March and October of 2003/2004, we received over 200 inquiries about our club and our membership constantly increased from 12 to 70 in the month of April and to 105 the following November. Presently, there are approximately 200 members.
May 5th, 2003Official launch of our internet website: ALGI (l’Association des lesbiennes et gais sur Internet). T
November 8th, 2003At the end of our first year in operation, a banquet was organised and we awarded our first honour membership to Robert Marcoux who became member # 100. Robert died on October 23rd 2002, a few days before the foundation of Hors Sentier. He was one of the main founders of this club and strongly supported Carol in his idea.
AFFILIATIONHors Sentier is an affiliated member of "Équipe Montréal", a group encompassing several gay and lesbian sport clubs of the Montreal area. Becoming a member of Hors Sentier will entitle you to discounts offered by several sponsored establishments. For further information, please refer to equipe-montreal
We are also an affiliated member of Rando Québec, an association that promotes hiking in the province of Québec. As a member of Hors Sentiers, you may join Rando Québec. This entitles you to receive the magazine "Marche" and enjoy discounts between 10 and 15 % at sponsored outdoor shops, accommodations (camping, B&B) and articles sold by Rando Québec.
Joining or renewing your membership may be done on-line. The on-line forms are safe and secure and deleted once we have registered the information.
Address: 400 de L'inspecteur, suite 925, Montréal, Qc., H3C 4A8, A/s Alain Dion