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Reaching new heights... Snowshoeing in a land of white!

Not afraid of heights? If so, you can snowshoe up Québec’s highest snowy peaks, with some trails even giving you the opportunity to cross from the Laurentian forest into the alpine tundra and boreal forest (taiga). Moreover, they also feature breathtaking views of untouched, snow-covered landscapes during your ascent. Who knows? Perhaps you’ll even catch a glimpse of a white-tail deer or a moose!

Once at the top, climbers may find themselves surrounded by what looks like harmless ghosts! In fact, these are just firs completely blanketed in snow. The Vallée des Fantômes at Parc national des Monts-Valin is one of the best places to experience this incredible natural phenomenon. Truly a unique and magical setting that you won’t soon forget!

Here are a few suggestions among Québec’s 20 highest peaks:

Mont Gosford (1,192 m), Mont Gosford, border trails (14 km, round trip) (Eastern Townships). This trail is mostly surrounded by firs. At its peak, you can see Mount Washington and the White Mountains. Skill level: intermediate

Mont Richardson (1,180 m), Parc national de la Gaspésie (12 km, round trip). (Gaspésie). Features breathtaking views of the Appalachian Chic-Choc Mountains at its peak. Shelter accommodations available. Skill level: expert

Mont du Lac des cygnes (980 m), Parc national des Grands-Jardins (10 km, round trip) (Charlevoix). This trail is dotted with lookouts over valleys covered with pure driven snow and flanked by impressive rocky cliffs.

Pic Dubuc (984 m), Parc national des Monts-Valins (12 km, round trip) (Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean). The Ghost Valley! This trail is dotted with lookouts offering spectacular views along your ascent. A must-see destination! Skill level: advanced

Pic Johannsen (935 m), Parc national du Mont-Tremblant (14.6 km, round trip) (Laurentians). This trail follows a stream dotted with falls. Features a few lookouts along the ascent on the vallée de la Diable and vallée de la Rouge. Views from the peak are partially blocked by vegetation. Skill level: advanced

Mont Saint-Magloire (917 m), Parc régional du massif du sud (13.5 km, round trip) (Chaudière-Appalaches). This trail follows a river and rocky cliffs. Features a magnificent 360-degree view of the Appalachians at its peak. Skill level: advanced

Mont Sainte-Anne (800 m), Mont Sainte-Anne (9 km, round trip) (Québec). This trail features panoramic views of the St. Lawrence River and Île d’Orléans. Skill level: beginner to expert

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