Enjoy Family Activities in the Townships
Destinations to explore February 8, 2016
Yukigassen, photo credit: Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook
Yukigassen, photo credit: Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook
We waited long enough, but winter is finally here for good, and it turned the Eastern Townships into a perfect white cocoon. And you won’t run out of activities to do in the region! With all the possibilities, families are sure to be thrilled. Choose the activity you prefer or make your stay longer so you have time to do everything you want. Go play outside; that’s what winter was made for!

Slip on your snowshoes

If you want an accessible sport to suit the whole family, snowshoeing is right up your alley. With snowshoeing, you get a good dose of exercise and you get to admire the winter wonderland as you please. In the Eastern Townships, there are over 1,000 km (620 mi.) of trails spread out through the four provincial parks, the mountains and outdoor centres. Visitors who don’t have their own gear can choose one of the places that offer a rental service. Find the trail that suits your needs and expectations and set out for discovery!

Skijoring, photo credit: Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook
Skijoring, photo credit: Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook

Do a little skating

Are you more the skating type? Or maybe you’d like to introduce your little ones to the sport? The Townships go beyond the simple oval-shaped rinks and offer a variety of frozen trails where you can practise your figures and pick up speed. And think about combining skating with a delicious meal or a stay overnight in the region, so you can relax after getting some exercise.

Consider these other suggestions

There are tons of possibilities in the Eastern Townships. In addition to downhill skiing and cross-country skiing, there are slopes for tubing, a perfect activity for reconnecting with your inner child. Two businesses in the region offer ice fishing for anyone wanting to take home fresh fish. Looking for a new experience, at Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook you can try Skijoring, a sport where skiers are pulled by a horse, or Yukigassen, a game based on a snowball-fighting competition from Japan. If it’s really just too cold to stay outside, why not go to the museum? Whichever activity you choose, be sure to make the most of it!

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