For a fun get-together that gives everyone their fill of outdoor activities, La Mauricie National Park of Canada is the solution: all types of outdoor activities are possible, including canoe-camping expeditions on some of the park’s most beautiful lakes. Having “your” cottage and living at your own pace as you vacation in the midst of a lush natural setting is the essence of a stay at an outfitter’s: the Lac Blanc, Némiskau, Domaine Bazinet and Kan-À- Mouche outfitters have everything it takes to please families in search of self-renewal, adventure and good catches! Add an an element of culture and entertainment to your summer vacation by visiting La Cité de l’énergie in Shawinigan – one of Quebec’s top tourist attractions, sure to thrill visitors of all ages. This summer it’s the venue for evening presentations of the bewitching show Dragao. Meanwhile, in Trois-Rivières, the incomparable Cirque du Soleil awaits you at the new Amphithéâtre Cogéco, a stone’s throw from the harbourside park.
The countryside is ablaze with colours, but sight is not the only sense that will receive stimulation. Your eyes and legs will both get a workout during a hike at Parc national du Mont-Tremblant; its hardwood forest cover guarantees a spectacular show. After the effort, comfort awaits you. First, offer your taste buds a treat as you drive along the country roads of the Lanaudière region: local producers and processors of the Goûtez Lanaudière! Circuits touristiques gourmands association offer everything you need and more for a memorable picnic in the midst of the colourful fall scenery. Next, rejuvenate yourself inside and out by stopping at a place such as La Source Bains Nordiques, a spa in an exquisite setting where time and stress fade away. You’ll be equally delighted at LE baluchon Eco Resort or GEOS Spa Sacacomie, where booking a room is a good idea. The Baluchon’s area, is at its most beautiful in the fall, and visitors can enjoy unique experiences such as herding cattle on horseback, like a real cowboy.
Don’t let the cold weather deter you: embrace winter instead of enduring it! This is what your musher might tell you before teaching you the basics of dog-sled handling in preparation for your exploration of the white open spaces. The team at Pourvoirie Club Hosanna in Trois-Rives are specialists in this regard. For motorized thrills, snowmobiling remains a must in Authentic Quebec. L’Auberge du Lac Taureau is among the grand resorts where renting a snowmobile and having access to over 4,800 kilometers of groomed trails is child’s play. And how about roughing it by sleeping in a rustic cabin or teepee when it’s minus 30 outside? Stay at Auberge Refuge du Trappeur – they have everything you need and will even share their Aboriginal know-how.