Plan your ideal outdoor adventure this winter

Attractions to discover, January 8, 2024 2024-01-08
Winter sliding © Patricia Delisle

In Quebec, outdoor living is part of our nature! So when choosing an outdoor adventure to make the most of winter, you have plenty of options and you can find exactly what you’re looking for. From long strolls amidst a glistening white carpet to breathtaking alpine descents for daredevil adventurers, the possibilities are as diverse – and grand – as the landscapes themselves.

What type of outdoor adventure is right for you?

To help you pick which adventure suits you best, here are a few ideas to inspire you based on your tastes and interests.

Close-up of an alpaca
Alpacas at Alpagas du Domaine Poissant. Photo credit: Chantal Sauriol

If you’re in the mood for a gentle adventure...

...consider a contemplative activity, such as snowshoeing in a park, cross-country skiing at an outdoor centre, ice fishing, or simply walking in nature (or in a wildlife park open year-round) to observe animals dressed in their finest winter coats. Frozen lakes, trees cloaked in a blanket of white and gently falling snow create a scene that lets you put your everyday cares on hold for a few hours.

If you want to play outside with the family...

...go for something that will entertain kids and adults alike. How about tubing down a hill or skating through the forest on an ice trail? If you prefer hitting the slopes, it’s a great opportunity to get the extended family together to go downhill skiing or snowboarding at one of the province’s many ski resorts. For something a little different, why not bring the whole family to a winter kite festival?

If you’re looking for action and thrills...’ll find the possibilities go beyond your imagination! Take on Quebec’s mountains on an alpine touring or off-trail skiing adventure, explore expertly groomed trails on a fatbike, try your hand at ice climbing, or zipline through the snowy landscape. If you’re into motorized sports, Quebec boasts over 33,000 km of marked snowmobile trails that spread across breathtaking natural vistas. Many trails actually lead to viewpoints that are only accessible by snowmobile, adding a truly unique touch to your ride!

Two snowmobilers riding past mountains in the Mauricie region
Snowmobile ride in the Mauricie region. Photo credit: Michel Julien

If you’re up for an unusual experience...

...why not treat yourself to kite skiing (also known as snow kiting) lessons, a thrilling descent on an alpine luge, a dogsled ride in the heart of the boreal forest, or a Scandinavian-inspired ski joëring (horse-drawn skiing) excursion? These off-the-beaten-path experiences are sure to be the highlight of your winter!

Snow-covered dome and surrounding forest landscape
Dome at Camping de l'Île in the Montérégie region. Photo credit: Patricia Delisle

If you want to spend the night in the heart of Quebec’s winter...

...the options are endless! If you love simplicity, you can pitch your tent and enjoy a winter camping experience. If you’d like a little more comfort, glamping might be right up your alley! Domes, yurts, mini-chalets, perched cabins and more are all original types of accommodation that will transport you to another world. And if you’re up for exploring around, why not try van life this winter?

Tips for a successful adventure

Now that you’ve chosen your activity, here are a few pointers to guide you in your preparations, so that you can have peace of mind when you set off on your outdoor adventure.

Choose the right option for you

First of all, it’s important to choose an adventure that is suitable for you and your group. Don’t forget that there’s a range of lessons and services specially designed for beginners to help you become familiar with the practice of new outdoor activities. What’s more, many companies offer guided excursions with experts who will share pro tips with you. Don’t miss out on such a wealth of information!

Visitor snowshoeing through a snow-covered landscape
Snowshoeing at Mont-Mégantic. Photo credit: Michel Julien

When booking your adventure, package deals are a great way to make organization easier. Many packages include not only the activity of your choice, but also an overnight stay, meals and sometimes even access to a spa experience to relax your muscles at the end of the day. If you don’t go with a package, look into nearby accommodation and dining options, so you know where you can refuel after a long day outdoors.

Lastly, keep in mind that such a vast selection of options and activities means there really is something for everyone and every price point!

Man standing on a cliff edge admiring the grandeur of winter nature
Nature is so magnificent, we must respect it. Photo credit: iStock

Get information from family members, friends and specialists

Not sure if an activity is a good fit? Ask friends and family who have already tried it about their own experience. And even more importantly, talk with outdoor specialists, as they’re certainly in the best position to advise you about choosing an adventure suited for you.

Use this opportunity to learn more about the company’s adventure tourism and ecotourism certifications. For example, a business that’s “Quality-Safety certified” by Aventure Écotourisme Québec guarantees the highest safety and quality standards. And to treat nature with the utmost respect during your adventure, learn more about the company’s sustainable and responsible tourism practices.

Sort out your equipment before you leave

If you already have all your gear, make a list of everything you’ll need before you leave, so you don’t forget anything at home. Don’t have your own equipment? No problem: many companies offer on-site rental services for more convenience. Contact them in advance to check availability and prevent any disappointment on arrival!

There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the wide array of winter activities in Quebec, but no matter what you choose, the most important thing is having a great time!

It’s time for adventure!

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