Nature & Landscapes

The contrasting nature of the region of Ain offers limitless possibilities for enjoying the outdoors.

Ain, a preserved and protected world of contrasts

With Haut Jura Regional Nature Park, Lavours Marsh and the Haute Chaîne du Jura Nature Reserves – sites protected by the Sensitive Natural Areas program (ENS) – Ain protects nature while ensuring it is accessible, guaranteeing that your getaways in Ain will be full of wonder!

The landscape transforms from a series of lakes to a cluster of meres in the space of just a few miles, passing over mountain peaks and into woodlands, forests and even vineyards.

Whether you’re looking for reflection or wanting to get active, Ain has just what you need!

For relaxing or playing sport, whether it’s on the ground or in the air, on the water or in the water, nature lovers have a field day in the magnificent and often unique landscapes that make up Ain. Summer through winter, there are many different ways to explore the region:  by hiking or cycling, on horseback, snowshoes or skis! As for the reliefs of the Montagnes du Jura, they are perfect for rock climbing, paragliding and even caving. With over 1,300 miles of rivers and 650 hectares of lakes, there are also plenty of water sports for you to enjoy, including fishing, swimming, canyoning, canoeing and kayaking!

  • Ain’s parks and gardensoutdoor excitement and surprises!
  • Nature and garden eventsexcursions, workshops and discoveries are on the programme! 
  • Flower excursionsdiscover Ain in bloom!
Witnessing nature in action at Lavours Marsh in Ceyzérieu, Bugey.

Witnessing nature in action at Lavours Marsh in Ceyzérieu, Bugey.