Winter is a big deal in Québec. Although we could use the cold weather as an excuse to stay indoors, there are actually lots of fun things to do outside, including many that are quite unusual.
In addition to skiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding, several other outdoor activities make the most of the magic and wonder of winter. Indeed, our regions offer something for everyone, so here are a few suggestions for unusual winter activities. Which of them makes you look forward to winter this year? Read more
In late February, early March, tens of thousands of harp seals give birth to their pups on the ice surrounding the Îles de la Madeleine in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. For several weeks each year, you can participate in a seal-watching excursion with Château Madelinot to observe the whitecoats (baby seals) up close.
During the excursion, great care is taken to ensure that the seals are not unduly disturbed by the presence of visitors. Read more
Summer or winter, I’m a big fan of the great outdoors! In the winter, I swap my hiking boots for snowshoes or skis and set off to explore the trails, whether in national parks or elsewhere. Here, then, are a few suggestions of places to visit for your next snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or backcountry skiing trips. Read more
It’s impossible to talk about winter sports without mentioning skiing. Although I am not a skier, I’m amazed at all the possibilities available in the regions of Québec maritime: telemark skiing, alpine touring, meta skiing, splitboarding, downhill skiing and snowboarding. Since I’m curious about this sport, I decided to do further research and learn more about each of these activities (and also find out where you can try them out!).
Richard Marin is a seasoned snowmobiler from the Haute-Gaspésie region. Proud ambassador of snowmobiling in his area, he shares with us one of his personal experiences.
March 15th, 8 AM, it’s -16°C in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, in Gaspésie. The sky is clear and the sun is shining in all its glory. I’m about to leave for a two-day ride on the Chic-Chocs-Forillon loop with an old friend of mine, an experienced rider averaging 20,000 km (12 000 mi.) a year. As we’re both from the area and familiar with this playground, we know too well that, with this kind of day, Mother Nature will display herself in all her glory! Read more
The day promises to be nice and sunny, so the plan is quickly set for a snowmobile ride. I finally manage to turn my two kids away from the Saturday morning cartoons, and we prepare ourselves for the day! Read more