6 outdoor winter activities to do on a ski trip in Québec
Winter in Québec is the season for skiing and so much more. Locals and visitors embrace the cold weather and head outdoors for some old-fashioned fun in the snow. You can slide down a mountain on a tube, hike up a hill with snowshoes, ride through forest trails on a fat bike, and more! Discover a new world of outdoor experiences all in one place.
Get rolling on a fat bike
Those who love to cycle during the warmer months will rejoice in knowing that in Québec, you can bike in the winter, too! Mont-Sainte-Anne, Mont-Orford and Tremblant offer areas designated for this kind of outdoor activity whether you’re a regular or just in the mood to try something new. Go fat biking in Mont-Sainte-Anne along its 25.8 km trail network just a short distance from the alpine hill, discover Mont-Orford’s national park on two wheels, or explore the vast trail network in Mont-Tremblant.
Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
Move to your own rhythm in Québec’s very own winter wonderland on snowshoes or cross-country skis. A great way to enjoy the nature all around you, these two sports are often appreciated both by those who love to ski, and those new to outdoor winter activities. At the Domaine Saint-Bernard Ecotourism Park near Tremblant Ski Resort, there are fantastic trails that pass alongside a river and where wildlife comes out to play. While at Mont-Sainte-Anne, the Cross-Country Ski Centre features 200 km of trails known as the largest trail network in North America, with many accessible shelters, including the famous Chalet du Fondeur. And Mont-Orford National Park never fails to disappoint when it comes to a winter escape, offering both activities, including equipment rentals for all to enjoy.
Tubing, for everyone
Sommet Saint-Sauveur offers not one, but two tubing parks to enjoy, both offering lift access and plenty of slopes to slide down. The all-encompassing Versant Avila offers tubing and rafting sites for its visitors. When you’re done for the day, its huge stone fireplace and comforting atmosphere awaits—you might even decide to go for something sweet at the sugar shack next door!
Adventure into alpine touring
Take your skiing experience up a notch by doing some alpine touring, where climbing up the mountain is just as rewarding as making your way down. One of the most challenging, yet exhilarating winter activities around, an uphill skiing adventure will truly give you the full mountain experience. Try it at Mont-Orford, Tremblant, Le Massif and Mont Sutton, where there are designated areas and trails to enjoy the sport. Whichever location you choose, you can guarantee you’ll see beautiful, natural winter landscapes all around.
Sled like a pro
Have you always wanted to go sledding? Now you can at Charlevoix’s Le Massif. With a 7.5 km sled run, this sport is a unique way to see Mont Liguori from a different angle. Slide through spectacular scenery, take tight turns, and then enjoy a well-deserved break at a cozy, mid-point chalet. A memorable adventure for all ages awaits!
It’s not winter without a little ice skating
Skating outdoors with the sky above you and the trees all around is a true winter experience. The ice rink by Saint-Bernard Chapel near Tremblant Village, for example, is a place that goes beyond expectations, offering a unique atmosphere with a crackling open fire and music. Not too far away, in Saint-Sauveur, you can even have the opportunity to skate in the forest of John-H. Molson Park. If you’re looking for a peaceful and authentic approach to skating, Stoneham Mountain Resort is the place to be, with a large skating rink at the mountain’s edge and the opportunity to play ice hockey! Want something near the resort? Mont-Sainte-Anne has an accessible outdoor rink at the foot of the mountain.