3 ways to have maximum fun outside in the Portneuf Region

Destinations to explore, February 6, 2023 2023-02-06
Parc naturel régional de Portneuf © Parc naturel régional de Portneuf

It’s wintertime! Throw on a toque, grab your gloves, and don your coat: it’s time to visit the Portneuf Region! Only a few kilometres from Québec City, this vibrant region is the perfect place to get your fill of fresh air. Whether for a day, a weekend, or even a week, there’s no shortage of activities to help you get outside and have fun with family and friends.

Escale au Lac
Photo credit: Escale au Lac

Take a deep dive in nature at Escale au Lac

Enjoy immersive accommodations that blend harmoniously with the landscape around them at Escale au Lac, in the Rivière-à-Pierre municipality. Located in the middle of a magnificent, snow-blanketed forest, these exceptional cabins and family loft are amazingly equipped, combining simplicity, comfort, and the benefits of nature, all wrapped up in a relaxing stay. Add to your vacation vibe with a rustic Scandinavian spa experience at no extra charge. Truly, it’s the perfect setting to invigorate your body and mind!

Discover a regional tradition at the Festival de la banquise

This February, ice canoeing is front and center as hundreds of ice canoeists head to the St. Lawrence River in the City of Portneuf, for this unique heritage sport. In fact, the fourth edition of the Festival de la banquise (February 24 to 26), has a program that will excite the whole family: learn all about ice canoeing, explore a mini-market highlighting the arts and flavours of the region, and savour a beer specially brewed for the event. Make it a date!

Festival de la Banquise
Photo credit: Festival de la banquise

Be amazed by the ice wall at the Parc naturel régional de Portneuf

Enter a world befitting The Snow Queen as you hike trails crisscrossing the Parc naturel régional de Portneuf. Venture into the Sainte-Anne River Gorge to marvel at immense icy cliffs overlooking the river, as well as incredible landscapes that will leave you speechless. On the way to these enchanting views, make sure you take the Île trail. Only a hundred metres long, it leads hikers to an impressive ice waterfall with beautiful and unexpected blue-tones, which also serves as an ice climbing route. A genuine winter wonderland awaits you!

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