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What to do at the cottage this winter?

Written by : Myreille Simard

If you can't get away to a tropical climate, a getaway to a cottage is a great change of scenery. Winter or summer, there is no shortage of activities to keep you busy. Here are our tips for a relaxing and rejuvenating stay in and around the cottage. Don't forget that winter is shorter when you play outside!

Observing the stars 

Far from the light pollution of the city, the chalet is the ideal place for stargazing. Wrapped up in a sleeping bag or under a pile of blankets, take advantage of this moment of relaxation and silence to recharge your batteries. In the winter, you have the advantage of being able to observe the stars earlier in the evening before the children have gone to bed. Did you know that Orion is the star of the winter? This constellation takes the shape of an hourglass when its brightest stars are linked together.

Go snowshoeing

Snowshoeing allows you to take unexplored paths and takes you off the beaten track. This activity has the advantage of pleasing the whole family, even children as young as 4 years old. To transform the experience a little, why not go hiking at dusk equipped with a headlamp to light your way? The experience will be magical!

Bruncher dehors 

Yes, even in the middle of winter, you can eat outside! Coffee stove, hot chocolate, raclette pan to cook eggs and bacon, toast grilled on the campfire, breakfast outside in the middle of winter is out of the ordinary and is part of the small pleasures that we only come to the cottage. Time for dinner? Get out the fondue pot and make yourself a cheese fondue in the snow. 

Dog sledding

Many companies throughout Quebec offer the experience of dog sledding. Ask about the location of your cottage. Although expensive, this activity will remain engraved in your memory forever. 

Observe and feed the animals at Omega Park (OUTAOUAIS)

A memorable day is in store for you in this grandiose 2000-acre natural site that is home to many species of North American wildlife. Nothing like a traditional zoo! The Omega Park offers you a driving tour to observe all the animals in their natural habitat and walking and snowshoeing trails where you will have the chance to feed the white-tailed deer. Bring carrots!

Walking alpacas at Domaine Poissant (MONTÉRÉGIE) 

Do you like activities that are out of the ordinary? The Domaine Poissant in Saint-Hilaire offers you the opportunity to walk with an alpaca in the woods. You will have the chance to pet it, feed it and of course take pictures. A must to do with the kids!

Skating at the Domaine de la forêt perdue (MAURICIE)

The most beautiful icy trails in an enchanting setting in the heart of a mature pine forest are at Domaine de la forêt perdue. The 15 km of trails will give you the impression of getting lost in nature. Due to the pandemic, online reservations are required before the visit.

Sliding at the Super Slips Saint-Jean de Matha (LANAUDIÈRE)

For a day of pure fun, snow tubing is a must. Renowned for 25 years, the Super Glissades Saint-Jean de Matha are a must-see destination in the Lanaudière region. They are even open at night! Don't forget to respect the rules of social distancing.

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