This ingenious means of transport was invented by the Aboriginals and later adopted by the coureurs de bois, or woodsmen. There’s still no better way to stay atop the powder on a winter hike. Snowshoes are great for scaling snowy slopes and striding through vast wooded areas. In the cold season, don’t leave home without them!
It is a feeling that most parents have probably experienced at some point. That moment in a supermarket or a playground when you suddenly realise that you do not have a clue where your child is. You fight to contain the panic that is rising and almost overwhelming you until perhaps a couple of minutes later you see your little one idly strolling along, completely unaware of the nightmare you have just endured. Now, just imagine you this scenario on the side of a mountain covered in snow. Finding your child suddenly becomes a whole lot more difficult.
Thankfully, modern day technology has found a solution. The ‘flaik’ GPS system has been introduce into a handful of ski resorts around the world, including the stunning Mont Tremblant resort in Quebec, Canada. Children under 12 who enroll in the snow school –English speaking instructors are available are given the apparatus and they give you real-time tracking of the wearer and let you know precisely where your kid is on the mountain.
Located 20 minutes from Québec City, Valcartier Vacation Village is one of the most appreciated recreation destinations in North America. Renowned as the largest winter playground in North America, it offers various activities enjoyed by its family clientele, which grows every year. Valcartier Vacation Village opened in 1963 and has never stopped developing and diversifying. Since the summer of 1998, two major divisions have been added to this family attraction: Rafting Valcartier, which offers excursions on the Jacques-Cartier River (whitewater rafting, family river tour, hydrospeed and raft and canoe rental) and an ultramodern 600 site campground next to the waterpark. Today, with its 50 year-round employees, 500 seasonal jobs, over $50 million investment, and more than 10 million visitors, Valcartier Vacation Village is a major economic generator in the Quebec tourism sector. It seeks, first and foremost, to remain a must-visit destination for families looking for pleasure and wonder in summer and winter.
At the foot of Mont Sainte-Anne (about 30 minutes away from downtown Québec City), you can get a fantastic winter experience in the Jean-Larose Falls by simply adapting the summer techniques and knowledge to winter conditions (rappelling on ice with crampons). Ice-canyoning is the perfect activity to easily discover the vertical ice cascade, continuously grown and transformed by small trickles of running water, and decorated with magical stalactites.
At 84 metres, Quebec City’s Montmorency Falls is the highest in the province of Québec. It also stands 30m higher than Niagara Falls. Montmorency Falls is a beautiful site all year round, but particularly in winter. As the temperatures drop, a massive ice ‘sugarloaf’ forms at the bottom of the falls, and the surrounding area is also covered.
As this video shows, this makes for perfect ice climbing conditions.
Located only 20 minutes from Québec City, Stoneham Mountain Resort is a perfect destination for outdoors enthusiasts. Nestled in a horseshoe shaped valley, which protects the resort from the wind, Stoneham features year-round activities, but it is known across North America for its exhilarating skiing.
With 39 trails spread over three mountains and a vertical drop of 1,380 feet (420 meters), Stoneham Mountain Resort caters to every category of skiers. At night, its 19-lighted trails—covering 9,8 miles (15,6 km)—represent one of the largest night skiing network in Canada. Extreme skiing enthusiasts have access to three trails designed especially for them, forming an extreme zone on mountain number 4. Indeed, the après-ski is fully part of the Stoneham experience! The Artic Spa zone on the Bar Quatre-Foyer's terrace with its outdoor hot tubs promises an even greater time for the white season!
Québec is an exhilarating place all year round, but particularly so during the winter. So if you are going on a snow inspired adventure holiday in Québec where should you be heading and what should you be doing? This video reveals all.
Wild animals, treehouses, kite surfing, zip lining and ghost towns - you will find all this and more in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, region of Quebec.
This vast region is named after the Rivière Saguenay and the great lake, Lac Saint-Jean, which links it to the St. Lawrence. The river winds through a majestic fjord whose breathtaking rocky walls hold their own special fascination. To the north extends a vast wilderness of forests and lakes simply brimming with adventure.
This video shows why it is such a wonderful place.
The great outdoors of Quebec is blessed with fantastic nature. In this video you can check out moose, elk bears, beavers caribou, musk ox – and also a spot of camping Quebecois style. For more information go to bonjourquebec.com
In Charlevoix, mountain and sea combine to form a setting that can only be described as spellbinding. Charlevoix can thank a meteorite that fell to Earth some 350 million years ago for its magnificent geography. In 1988, a large part of the region was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. In this jealously guarded territory, two national parks are a haven for nature lovers: Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie, where deep valleys slice through imposing peaks; and Parc national des Grands-Jardins, land of taiga, tundra and caribou.
There’s much to admire on the St. Lawrence Route, which links Baie-Saint-Paul and La Malbaie. The Route des Saveurs (“flavour trail”) is a gastronomic voyage of discovery with one regional specialty after another and from Saint-Siméon or Baie-Sainte-Catherine, head off to do some whale watching at the Saguenay—St. Lawrence Marine Park.
Find out more in this video – and look out for Elvis Presley’s calling card…
Baie-Sainte-Catherine is at the junction of the St. Lawrence River and the Saquenay Fjord in the eastern part of the Charlevoix region in Quebec. A ferry connects Baie-Sainte-Catherine to the village of Tadoussac, offering a maritime museum, historic sites and wharves to explore and whale whatching. You can see beluga whales, minke, porpoises, humpbacks, sperm whales and if you are lucky the mighty blue whale. For more information go to bonjourquebec.com
Since it opened its doors in 2001, the Hôtel de Glace has wowed over half a million visitors. With snow archways towering over 5 meters tall and crystal ice sculptures standing by the warmth of the fire, North America's only ice hotel has made a name for itself worldwide.