Winter must-sees in the Coaticook Valley

Destinations to explore, January 22, 2024 2024-01-22

Two parents and their child exploring the trails on a snow scooter
Take advantage of your visit to try a snow scooter with your family!

A vast playground that will delight winter enthusiasts, the Coaticook Valley is brimming with activities for the cold season. Here are a few suggestions for places to visit in the region to fill up on memories!

Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook: for winter sports and wonder

A top spot in the Eastern Townships, Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook is a paradise for winter hiking, snowshoeing and fatbike enthusiasts, thanks to the quality of its natural trails. But did you know that you can also enjoy more unusual activities, such as visiting a farmhouse or trying out snow scooters? There’s also the fascinating outdoor escape game, The Legend of the Liéri. And don’t miss the special activities every Saturday in February, including the magnificent night-time show on the suspension bridge, which lights up every evening in a ballet of moving colours. Please note that the suspension bridge itself and the Foresta Lumina trail are closed during the winter.

Parc Découverte Nature: a destination for ice fishing

Parc Découverte Nature offers a unique immersive adventure, Acoatica. This huge video game, offered indoors during the winter, combines technology, nature and fishing. In a wintry underwater atmosphere, players will have to maintain the balance in the marine ecosystem by warding off dangers: a great activity to raise children’s awareness of the importance of environmental protection. The adventure continues outdoors with ice fishing, a one-of-a-kind experience. Parc Découverte Nature will be presenting an ice fishing tournament on February 10, and will be open every Saturday in February. Special programming is also offered in March for spring break.

To make the most of your trip to the region, various packages allow you to combine activities at both parks, so you can enjoy your visit at your own pace.

A family on an ice fishing outing
Introduce toddlers to ice fishing at Parc Découverte Nature!

Two hikers outside a cabin in the wilderness
Mont Expérience Hereford

Mount Hereford and Mount Pinacle: for mountain hikes

A visit to the Coaticook Valley would be incomplete without a hike on Mount Hereford (the third highest mountain in the Eastern Townships) and Mount Pinacle, where you’ll find the Hereford Community Forest and Harold F. Baldwin Park trails, respectively. Given the region’s heavy snowfall, snowshoes or crampons are strongly recommended, as well as walking poles. To complete your stay, try some of the Valley’s unusual accommodations, such as the Auberge du changement d’ère, the pods at Mont Expérience Hereford, the Refuge du Vieux Panache in the heart of Mount Hereford, or the ready-to-camp options at Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook.

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