Snowshoe madness in Quebec Chalets à Rabais

Snowshoe madness in Quebec

Snowshoeing is a great way to climb into the air to reach beautiful peaks quite easily and often enjoy breathtaking panoramas in winter. Here are six of my favorites from different regions of Quebec. To do during ‘ a romantic region, including renting a cottage last minute .. .

The Mont-Saint-Joseph deserves! This flagship summit of Mont-Mégantic National Park is 500 meters higher than its discovery center … A short approach walk in a maple grove leads to the foot of the mountain. Better then to have poles, the path climbing indeed steeply for 3 kilometers. But what a joy to measure the altitude on the way from superb viewpoints – including the Belvedere du Soleil – over the surrounding countryside, below ! The storms here are memorable and the snow-sagging spruce trees are magnificent.

After a stop at the shelter of the summit and at the sanctuary of Mont Saint-Joseph, a small chapel with a red roof dating from 1883, continue on the ridge to the new refuge, at 1050 meters high, then further north to ‘at Mount Victoria. Having had your fill of fresh air and unobstructed views, descend the mountainside to the Col des Trois Sommets while admiring the “ ghosts ” formed by the conifers covered in icy snow. The last part of the journey takes place gently in the forest until the reception. C omptez a good 10 km at all before joining the cottage of your dreams.

There are small corners of Quebec where we go back and forth from winter to winter without ever exhausting all their “ natural ” resources . So it is for me in the region of Saint-Donat in Lanaudière. One of my most flamboyant discoveries is called the Cap de la Fée trail which ends in apotheosis overlooking the large Lake Archambault.

One fine weekend morning, the thermometer reads – 25 degrees Celsius through the window of the rented chalet in Lanaudière. The sky is azure blue, a perfect cold-sun duo for warming up while snowshoeing a hill !

North of Lake Archambault, the trail loop starts flat, then an e uphill through the forest leads south to Lake Coutu and shelter The Grand Duke , at 2.4 kilometers from the start. From there, we ” attack ” the west face of the hill by a sustained climb over 1.7 kilometers. From zigzag to zigzag, the track ends in a plateau which acts as a summit, which rises to an altitude of 625 meters. We wander through a more sparse area with trees disguised as big snowmen. It’s time to soak up the scenery , especially from the belvedere, when the view is so clear on Lake Archambault. The descent for only two kilometers, steeply in a maple grove, then on a wide path, will be rapid. Allow 2h30 to 3h to cover the 6.4 km of the loop. The map can be downloaded from the Club de plein air de Saint-Donat website .

What attracts the Mount Wright, near Stoneham, is first the prospect of a nice walk three hours in ” old growth ” but this municipal park managed by the Associati n forest of both banks has more ‘a trick in its bag… From the parking lot (accessible by exit 169 on route 175 North), a short trip leads to the right to the “ southern ancient forest trail ”. Welcome to the heart of one of the last examples on private territory of an exceptional ecological heritage, with very old trees for companions!

For 1.9 kilometers in a gentle climb, you cross a maple grove , then you climb gradually via the summit trail dominated by conifers. On the left, the Vaillant path climbs steeply. It is strongly advised against snowshoeing, especially for downhill but also uphill when the snow turns to ice. The crampon is then more useful! From the right, you can easily go around the summit (483 meters) for a kilometer before resting at the belvedere or in the shelter facing the surrounding mountains and the Alpine ski resort of Stoneham. Retracing your steps, take a right on the northern ancient forest trail and do not miss the Rock Shelters mini-loop which, in twenty minutes, will transport you to another world, with erratic boulders everywhere, a cliff in the background and large holes that could shelter hibernating bears… You will then find the South Ancient Forest trail, completing a 6.5 km course!

From your rented chalet in the region, head for Lake Orford … Just after the lake, the Ruisseau des Chênes trail starts along Route 112. Intermediate level, it was created by Sentiers de l’Estrie but is found in the territory of Mont Orford National Park, which is also approached closely from the south.

Mainly in beech forest, the path climbs gradually along a stream while cascades and falls, especially with the winter frost. It offers unusual viewpoints of Mont Orford and Lake Memphremagog . Allow 2h30 for the round trip over 5.8 km in total.

Altitude : 783 meters above sea level; difference in height : 550 meters; four summits, snow to make the Saguenay or Gaspésie green with envy… The Montagne du Diable regional park – the highest mountain past Mont-Tremblant, at the foot of the Baskatong reservoir – is a hotspot for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Leave the comfort of your rented cottage in the area for starting , snowshoes on a beautiful winter day , explore c e unparalleled park. Prepare for a good excursion of ten km, including a difference in altitude of 350 meters … The path crosses the rustic summer campsite, just to warm up before starting a constant climb on the hillside, through a superb maple grove with yellow birches. We then change the landscape by climbing to the limit of the boreal forest! The snow is thicker and the conifers are as heavy as the trail itself … The ascent ends , after 4.6 km of walking , along a ridge, with a view of the plain of Ferme-Neuve, before joining the Paroi de l’Aube relay-refuge. The descent in a loop in the forest ends with a small flat walk on the edge of the mountain lake.

  • View of the astrobleme at Mont-du-Lac-des-Cygnes ( Charlevoix )

Popular in summer, the Mont-du-Lac-des-Cygnes trail, in the Grands Jardins national park , is almost as popular in winter. It must be said that we rarely have the opportunity to benefit from such a beautiful panorama for a not too long hike ! The 8.4 kilometer round trip takes a maximum of three hours, easily swallowing a drop of 480 meters. The first part climbs gently, already offering several points of view over the Charlevoix hinterland. In the second section, the slope gets more steep and you end up riding a bare summit, with a few wooden stairs to climb on snowshoes! At an altitude of 980 meters, valleys, cliffs and other peaks of the Laurentian massif are open to the eye, in addition to a breathtaking view of the astrobleme of Charlevoix. An icy wind can blow the top will make you dream of ‘ hot chocolate back at the cottage you may have rented in this beautiful region. We wish you !

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