Duchesnay Nature Getaway Package
20 minutes from Québec City, Station touristique Duchesnay offers a
great ski experience in a magnificant setting.
Thirty minutes outside Québec City is versatile Mont-Sainte-Anne. Here
you'll find Canada's highest vertical for night skiing, a fun park for
skiers and snowboarders, and excellent cross-country trails. You can
also try paragliding, snowmobiling, dogsledding, skating or
snowshoeing. Visitors with children will appreciate the award-winning
Québec City, you'll also find the charming and challenging resorts of
Stoneham and Le Massif.
can ski in an incredibly warm and welcoming ski environment located
only 20 minutes from historical Québec City. Snuggled in the heart of a
horseshoe shaped valley and protected from winds, Stoneham offers you
the choice of 30 trails on 4 mountains with a variety of terrain for
every category of snowgoers.
take advantage of our extreme skiing zone, which brings out the
challenge of any extreme skier, or you can enjoy the serenity and calm
of our relaxing family trails. When the sun goes down, we don't stop
there! At night, Stoneham is transformed into an enchanting, dazzling
night ski area with trails well lit.
to Le Massif de Petite-Rivière-St-François. Le Massif offers the
highest vertical drop (770 m) and the most abundant snowfall (650 cm)
east of the Canadian Rockies.
are avid skiers and Townshippers are no exception. They strap skis onto
their feet almost from the moment they can walk. Like the locals,
visitors can enjoy the snow any number of ways - skiing in its several
manifestations (alpine, snowboarding and cross country), on snowshoes,
by dogsled, or by snowmobile along a network of scenic trails.
large ski centers (there are a number of smaller ones too) - Mont
Orford, Owl's Head and Mont Sutton - are among the best equipped (all
have snowmaking machines) and most sophisticated ski centers in Eastern
Canada. Between them, they have 140 downhill trails.
which lies within a provincial park, is known for its fast, challenging
runs. It has 230 acres of skiing terrain, spread across three mountain
peaks. Owl's Head, cobwebbed by trails that trickle down to Lake
Memphremagog, has spectacular views. Mont Sutton offers scenic "glade"
skiing on trails that snake through the forest.
Snowmobiling in Québec
largest province is more than twice the size of Texas, with half of it
covered by breathtaking forests and lakes. This was undoubtedly the
reason Joseph-Armand Bombardier built the world's first snowmobile here
in 1922, to better explore his province's rich natural beauty.
Québec offers you a superb network of groomed trails, supported by
hundreds of snowmobile centers, restaurants, inns and lodges. To round
out your adventure here, you can also enjoy a host of other fun-filled
winter activities, as well as Québec's unique French-Canadian charm.
about 275 snowmobile associations, all of which are supported by the
provincial association FCMQ -- Fédération des clubs de motoneigistes du
Québec. The FCMQ collects trail fees from users to maintain the trail
system, which may be included in your snowmobile rental charge.
winter that lasts five months and an average ten-foot/3.05 metre
snowfall, Québec is prime snowmobile territory. The province has 18,750
miles/30,000 km of groomed trails -- that's thirty thousand kilometers
in the Canadian metric measurement.
has everything a snowboarder could imagine.
Exciting challenges await you at ski stations throughout the Laurentian
and Appalachian Mountains. The season is long (from late November to
late April, sometimes stretching into May), there's plenty of natural
snow, the view leaves you breathless and the après-ski is not to be
missed! You can snowboard on every slope at the ski stations, most of
which are conveniently located near major cities in the Laurentides,
Eastern Townships, Québec City and Charlevoix regions.
of the many parks designed especially for snowboarders. The numerous
gigantic half-pipes, jumps and obstacles are perfect for practicing all
your stylish moves! As Québec regularly hosts international snowboard
competitions, some ski stations, such as Mont-Tremblant and
Mont-Sainte-Anne, feature equipment the caliber of that used in the
try this sport or learn new moves? Take advantage of the lessons
offered by many ski stations.
to paradise. You’re practicing your swing on a prestigious course,
designed by an internationally acclaimed architect. The course is
nestled against the foot of a mountain, with hills and forests as far
as the eye can see. The leaves on the trees are an explosion of reds
and oranges, a river flows alongside the course… an exquisite meal
awaits you at the resort, that is, after you've enjoyed a relaxing soak
in the hot tub… Oh, life is good!
Courses far and wide
has nearly 400 courses for you to choose from, including many
high-caliber courses located not far from the major cities. Hit the
links in the Laurentides, that blissful region of lakes and mountains
just north of Montréal, and enjoy the superb resorts, such as the
world-renowned Tremblant. Be charmed by the enchanting courses in the
Eastern Townships, an emerald gem with a New England flavor. Admire the
splendid panoramas of courses located near historic Québec City,
including those overlooking the majestic St. Lawrence River in
Charlevoix. Wherever you choose to practice your game, you'll find
quality accommodation establishments nearby, such as those of the
Québec Resorts & Country Inns network, which offer fine cuisine and
a wide range of services, all in a delightful setting.
in Québec is an experience you won't forget! We have the largest
network of trails in North America. You can ride in over 17 000 km of
well maintained and varied trails-half of them are accessible in the
wintertime and half in the summertime. In addition, 10 000 km of the
trails are open all year round. Enjoy breathtaking scenery and
adventure at every turn.
you can ATV through Québec's countryside all year round! It all began
in the early 1980s, when 4-wheel all terrain vehicles (also known as
ATVs or quads) hit the trails, and access to Québec forests was
suddenly transformed. Originally designed as utilitarian vehicles for
farmers and hunting and fishing enthusiasts, ATVs have made tremendous
inroads as recreational vehicles. Now, networks of trails criss-cross
Québec, providing an organized infrastructure for riding. It's no
wonder ATVing has become one of the most popular and exhilarating
tourist activities in Québec-the vehicles are easy to manoeuvre,
practical and fun to ride. Many outfitters rent the vehicles and
organize guided group expeditions. And don't forget that most trails
have relays, restaurants and lodging along the way.
a game of chance, instinct, knowledge, patience and play; hunting is
also a science of life that reaches into the innermost depths of our
being. Québec is a hunter’s paradise, offering rich and diverse
ecosystems. An expanse three times the size of France (1,600,000 km2),
landscapes and game stretch from mixed wood and boreal forests in the
south all the way up to the taiga and tundra of the north. Some 653
species of animals inhabit Québec’s majestic mountains, and the banks
of its powerful rivers, including the St. Lawrence. This seamless
stretch of wilderness and wealth of renewable resources is open to
fewer than 500,000 hunters, in accordance with the principles of
controlled management and sustained yield, which only allow hunters to
harvest the surplus in order to safeguard Québec’s wildlife.
hunting experience in Québec will live with you forever: flying over
the wild vastness of the territory in a float plane, a kind of “bush
taxi” that will whisk you to the remotest corners of Québec; stepping
boldly into boundless wilderness, all of your senses honed for the hunt
in a bountiful and exhilarating environment.
rivers have energy to spare. As you travel down a raging river in a
raft, you'll run the gamut of emotions that induce exhilaration,
rapture, fear, laughter and fulfillment. What's more, wherever this
activity is offered, you can be assured of astonishing natural
Out the Rivière Rouge, whose famed rushing waters snake
through the forests of the Laurentides and Outaouais regions. Test your
mettle on the magnificent Rivière Jacques-Cartier, just outside of
Québec City, amid breathtaking scenery. Enjoy the calmer rapids of the
Hautes-Gorges segment of the Rivière Malbaie (Charlevoix), which winds
through spectacular rock walls. Other rivers that may leave you hooked
on rafting are the Outaouais, Matawin (Mauricie) and Batiscan (between
Trois-Rivières and Québec City), and, in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
region, the Métabetchouan, Mistassibi and Shipshaw (the latter's level
is exceptionally stable, thanks to a dam). Even the St. Lawrence boasts
impressive eddies with the Lachine rapids, which have downtown Montréal
as a backdrop (excursions are also offered in motorized boats).
one with winter… go on a dogsledding adventure! This activity will put
you in touch with nature like no other. Let man's best friend take you
off the beaten track, through snow-covered forests and plains, beyond
roads. Be soothed by the peaceful silence punctuated only by the sound
of the wind and the panting of the huskies and malamutes. Be on the
lookout for fox, deer and moose tracks in the glistening snow…
A time-honored activity
are a traditional method of transportation in the Great North. The
Inuit and Amerindians traveled by dogsled all the time, and colonists,
fur traders, missionaries and gold prospectors used them to transport
wood and other merchandise through the forests. Today, this activity
helps us get in touch with nature and establish a bond with these
Wild Life Observation
Québec, nature reigns supreme. Only a tiny portion of our immense
territory-which is three times the size of France-is occupied by
humans. The vast boreal forests, the tundra, a million lakes and rivers
and the St. Lawrence are inhabited by an abundant selection of wildlife
typical to Northern climates. Don't miss the opportunity to take in
certain unforgettable sights, such as the water ballet performed by
whales or the seasonal passage of tens of thousands of migratory birds
as they fill the skies with a joyous uproar.
Tracking Québec's wildlife...
Catch a glimpse of countless birds
out for the imposing cliffs of Île Bonaventure, in the Gaspésie: you'll
be treated to a fascinating sight, for hundreds of thousands of
Northern gannet make the island their home.
• Explore the islands of Lac Saint-Pierre, World Biosphere Reserve. Did
you know that 167 species of bird nest in the area, including an
impressive heron population? To protect this fragile environment, it's
recommended that you rely on the expertise of a guide.
• Drift towards the seabirds" that live among the wilderness isles of
the St. Lawrence River, such as the common eider, the Atlantic puffin,
the razorbill, the cormorant and the murre.
• Immerse yourself in the ecological wonders of the Mont Saint-Hilaire
nature conservation centre, in the Montérégie. This refuge, which
boasts more than 185 bird species, has been designated a UNESCO World
The blend of European and North American influences in Québec's cities
makes for interesting and exciting shopping. From elegant boutiques
housed in charming old buildings to the most modern shopping malls,
you'll find one-of-a kind products, designer creations and luxury items
from the four corners of the world.
rural art galleries harbour a surprising collection of treasures,
including wildlife paintings, folk art, contemporary works, and, of
course, world-famous Inuit sculptures and prints. Antique hunters will
appreciate the wide variety of dealers selling authentic furniture and
shops also highlight a remarkable array of unique Québec crafts, from
jewellery and glassware to ceramics and wood carvings. Traditional
native crafts also make excellent gifts and souvenirs.
Looking for something really special? Why not pick up an outfit by a
local couturier or try some specialty food products, such as maple
syrup delights or berry-based liqueurs. They'll give your friends and
relatives back home
Québec, fishing is more than simply a leisure activity or sport—it’s a
way of life, a culture that has been passed on from generation to
generation since time immemorial. It’s a way of reconnecting with
nature and escaping the hectic pace of daily life. But on a territory
as vast as Québec, how can one talk about fishing when there is such a
wide variety of ways and places to do it? Imagine the peaceful solitude
of fishing for brook trout at sunrise on any one of Québec’s tens of
thousands of lakes, with a loon as your lone companion. You can also
fish in the winter, in little cabins on the ice; in autumn, on the
raging currents of any number of rivers emptying into the St. Lawrence;
in the summer, on veritable interior oceans or magnificent little
lakes; in the spring, as the ice begins to break.
Exhilarating challenge frames every fishing experience in Québec, set
against a breathtaking array of landscapes, depending on whether you’re
coveting arctic char, ouananiche (freshwater salmon), lake trout, sea
trout, rainbow trout, pike perch (sauger), Northern pike, muskellunge,
whitefish, Atlantic salmon or any one of dozens of other species that
populate the lakes, rivers and marine environments