The cold winter weather in the Lanaudière and Mauricie regions may be daunting at times, but it also has its upside: the snow conditions, the landscapes, the accommodations, activities for the whole family – all the ingredients needed to make cold weather your best friend.
Picture yourself in an outdoor winter landscape, the silence broken only by the wind blowing through snow-laden branches and the sound of footsteps on an icy trail. Winter is a glorious season for (re)discovering Authentic Quebec and contemplating this reinvented version of nature – frozen but no less alive than in summer – and trying out traditional or unusual outdoor activities.
Your authentic winter games medal
Start your morning by warming up with a nice cup of hot chocolate before facing the harsh elements outside. Then set out for a day that promises to be intense: cross-country skiing or snow-shoeing, flying down the slopes on skis or an alpine luge, or going on a dog-sled, snowmobile (the Lanaudière and Mauricie regions offer some 4,800 km of trails!), or fatbike excursion. Or you might choose a less challenging adventure that still delivers just as much excitement and fun: ice fishing, ice-skating, sledding or a peaceful walk in the woods are among the most addictive experiences you can enjoy in Authentic Québec.
An art of living like no other
There is no more pleasant way to end your day than in the comfort and warmth of an inn or a beautiful cottage, listening to the sound of a crackling fire and enjoying the aroma of fondue broth. When the meal is over, spend the evening reading traditional Quebec stories. The next morning, everything looks frozen under the freshly-fallen snow of the evening’s storm. Not a problem! Get out the tuques and mittens and have a snowball fight. Or, if you’re feeling more ambitious, build an igloo or snow shelter. Just a few of the many ways to enjoy winter in Quebec as authentically as possible.
Snowmobilers’ heaven 4,800 km of perfectly maintained trails and an unlimited choice of routes leading to unique panoramic views: fans of motorized adventures will be in heaven in the Lanaudière and Mauricie regions. All the information need to organize a trip can be found at www.snowmobilecountry.ca