Three family-friendly walks to guide you through the Petite Nation region

Destinations to explore, February 19, 2024 2024-02-19
Parent and child on a snowshoe walk in the Petite Nation region Centre touristique du Lac-Simon © Isabelle Leclerc

What better way to get away from it all than with a walk in the great outdoors? Whether you’re visiting for spring break or just for a winter trip, the whole family will love discovering the snow-covered trails of Petite Nation, in the Outaouais region. What type of walk will you choose?

Fatbiker at the Parc des Montagnes Noires de Ripon
Photo credit: Parc des Montagnes Noires de Ripon

Go for a wild walk!

Looking for a unique wilderness experience? Treat yourself to a dogsled ride. This age-old tradition, practised since the dawn of time, will immerse you in the history of the great adventurers who once explored the region's vast wilderness. Marvel at the strength and energy of your faithful canine companions as they guide you through breathtaking winter landscapes. The narrow trails and winding curves will add a heavy dose of adrenalin to your ride, as you reach speeds of up to 30 km/h!

Get moving with a sports walk

Are your kids feeling restless? A sports walk is the ideal way to channel their boundless energy, while taking a deep breath of fresh air as a family! The region is covered in immense forests and dotted with numerous lakes, making it a vast playground to explore. In winter, the trails become ideal for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, tobogganing and mountain biking, made even more magical thanks to snow-covered trees and frozen lakes all around. After making your way across varied landscapes and contemplating the beauties of nature, end your sports walk with a warm, comforting drink!

Enjoy a bucolic walk

Do you feel the need to recharge your batteries, to reconnect with simple pleasures, far from the hustle and bustle of the city? Opt for a bucolic walk in the tranquility of the great outdoors. As you travel on the region's roads, take the time to contemplate the vast landscapes and stop as you please. Artisan shops, showcasing a host of original handmade products, will add a touch of charm to your walk. Let yourself be surprised by unexpected encounters or discoveries along the way, while enjoying these moments shared with your family.

Young girl with a hat and plaid shirt by the water in the winter holding a mug
Photo credit: Pourvoirie de la Lièvre

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