Destinations to explore, February 12, 2024 2024-02-12
Cross-country ski trail © Stéphane Fortin, Tourisme Abitibi-Témiscamingue

A sublime region known for its northern feel, Abitibi-Témiscamingue sets itself apart thanks to the incomparable beauty of its immense natural territory, where the purity of the snow creates an immaculate white playground. Here are three outdoor activities you absolutely must include as part of a visit to the region this winter!

Chalet in winter with snowmobiler
Treat yourself to a snowmobile vacation! Photo credit: Hugo Lacroix

A snowmobile ride

With a network of over 3,500 km of well-maintained trails, Abitibi-Témiscamingue is a paradise for snowmobile enthusiasts, who can explore the region without ever having to ride past the same spot. Making your way through the wilderness on trails covered in a thick layer of snow will give you the impression of being alone in the world, in the immensity of the boreal forest. A multitude of options are available, from a grand tour for snowmobilers who don't mind the distance, to a ride that includes stops along the way for great eats. Be sure to plan out your itinerary beforehand and check trail conditions using the interactive map available online.

An ice fishing activity at an outfitters

A typical Nordic tradition, ice fishing is well established in the region, where walleye and northern pike proliferate, two species of fish particularly prized for their tasty qualities. Want to know the best way to discover this tradition, while enjoying the spectacular surrounding scenery? Then you’ll want to choose a stay in the comfort of one of the many outfitters in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, located in the region's most beautiful wilderness areas. As an added bonus, you'll be given tips on how to improve your fishing technique!

Making the most of the snow, in any way possible!

Renowned for its snowy winters, Abitibi-Témiscamingue offers vast expanses of frozen forests and lakes that provide a magical setting for outdoor activities. Whether you're snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, skating, fatbiking or dogsledding, there are hundreds of routes to discover and chances to fill up on fresh air, all in a way that ensures you’re respecting the environment. Shelters are scattered along some of the trails, so that you can warm up and share fun moments with other outdoor enthusiasts. So don't let the cold stop you!

Hiking on snowshoes
Hiking on snowshoes. Photo credit: Hugo Lacroix, Tourisme Abitibi-Témiscamingue

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