Between work and personal obligations,
there’s little time left just for you. Tiredness and routine,
ensconced in our daily lives, become convenient excuses when
motivation is low. But when you make the effort to break out of
your comfort zone, you’ll find a range of emotions beneath the surface that are just
slightly dusty from disuse: after the initial nerves, you’ll feel
amazed, then overjoyed to have outdone yourself; apprehension is replaced with a sense of pride. Doubt leaves way to the
certainty that it pays to dare!
When you’re going through the daily
grind, the little things make all the difference. Turn your
"should’ve dones" into a catalyst for motivation. In 2018,
make a resolution to say "I’ve done that”!
JANUARY: I went downhill
Most ski resorts offer introductory
packages that include gear rental and a lesson. The Mont-Sainte-Anne ski resort has seen many beginners have their first go
on its slopes, and Mont Rigaud, known as Quebec’s ski
kindergarten, is suitable for new skiers of all ages. Or choose Bromont,
which is fun for all.
FEBRUARY: I went ice
Ice fishing is a wintertime classic
enjoyed all over the province. But plenty of people – both tourists and
locals – have yet to give it a first try! Ease into the activity
at Village Nordik at the Port of Québec or bring the family to
take part in the one-of-a-kind tomcod fishing festival, held from
January 27 to February 11.
MARCH: I went dogsledding!
Follow the musher’s instructions as
you set out to explore vast snow-covered lands while being pulled
by a happy pack of sled dogs. Many businesses specializing in
adventure tourism like Randonnée Mïcklà and resorts such as
Daaquam Outfitters and Resort or Aventure Inukshuk at Duchesnay
offer this activity.
APRIL: I went horseback
When we were kids, we all imagined
galloping off on a great white – or maybe black – horse! Many
equestrian centres offer intro courses for children as well as
adults. The Ranch du Fjord in Charlevoix has horseback rides
suited to all levels of riders.
MAY: I went on an aerial
The return of mild temperatures brings
with it new excitement and energy! Why not channel that energy and renewed vigour
into an adventure that takes you way up in the air! The treetop courses offered at the
various Arbraska parks can accommodate all types of participants. Or choose Ziptrek Ecotours Tremblant or TYROPARC, which both specialize in major
JUNE: I went kayaking!
Discover the joy of being on the
water, surrounded by wilderness! Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Iles
is a place where you can perfect your paddling skills in a kayak,
canoe or other type of boat in a protected wildlife area. Pause Plein Air has trails varying from 6 to 24 km (3.7 to 14.9 mi.) on
the magnificent Rouge River, known for its sandy beaches. Another option is Baie de Beauport, an urban oasis located a few minutes from downtown
Québec City and an excellent spot for outdoor activities and
kayaking in particular.
JULY: I hit a hole in one!
Admit it: opportunities to completely
clear your mind and focus only on your breathing are few and far
between! Spending the day on a golf course is a sure-fire way to
regain a sense of balance and just switch off. You can take
private or semi-private lessons at the Academy at Golf Royal Laurentien, taught by expert instructors. If you want to get the
whole family on the course, the golf school at Domaine Rouville
offers family lessons so that you can all try it out together.
AUGUST: I went through a
canyon on a via
An Italian invention, a via ferrata is
a climbing route that combines elements of hiking and
mountain-climbing. You’ll be dazzled by breathtaking views of
nature as you climb up a mountainside or along a deep
canyon. Projet Vertical and Canyon Sainte-Anne both have
many ways for participants to explore a canyon, including
from 60 m (almost 200 feet) above the gorge of the Sainte-Anne
River. If you go to Parc national des Grands-Jardins you’ll climb
the cliff at Mont du Lac des Cygnes. For a practice run indoors,
head to Horizon Roc Climbing Centre.
SEPTEMBER: I took a helicopter
Going on a helicopter ride is a
popular once-in-a-lifetime dream. It stirs the imagination and
awakens your curiosity. Plan a romantic escape with Héli-Tremblant
or Héli-Charlevoix, or soar above the city of Québec with
Complexe Capitale Hélicoptère. There are lots of ways to make this
dream come true!
OCTOBER: I went karting!
Let your competitive spirit take the
wheel! Learn the basics of kart racing on a safe indoor track and
have a thrilling time with friends at ICAR Mirabel or race a few
laps at Action500 Karting, which in addition to karting has a
paintball centre – if you have any energy left!
NOVEMBER: I went to a Nordic
Are you still unsure about going to a
Finnish spa? In Quebec, heat therapy and these types of spas are
all the rage! Give the gloominess of November the cold shoulder
with a dip in the baths at Spa Bolton or Ofuro Zen Station.
In the province there is a substantial number of spas, each of
them dedicated to providing an authentic experience and improving
your well-being, just like the must-try Bota Bota.
DECEMBER: I took a leap!
With 2018 coming to a close after so
many challenges, it’s time to look ahead to 2019’s
resolutions! Keep the thrills going with an intro to
free-falling at SkyVenture Montreal or learn to fly an airplane at
AeroSim Experience. For an activity on water instead of in the
air, try indoor surfing at Oasis Surf!