Outings to try… After Sunset!

Mont Ham ©Jonathan Tessier

This winter, experience some very extraordinary moments as you discover the Townships … once the sun has set! Many National Parks and outdoor centres offer torchlight outing activities. Here are six suggestions that will make you want to reserve a outdoor nature weekend in our region!

©Sabrina Champagne

A Chocolate-Torchlight Outing in the Parc national du Mont-Orford

Discover the Parc national du Mont-Orford in its night version by taking one of the snow-covered trails illuminated with your torchlight. When you return from your outing, savour a chocolate dessert prepared by Chocolats Vanden Eynden as you sit around a crackling fire. Yum! Yum!

Dates: January 17, February 21 and March 6, 2020. Schedule: From 7:00 p.m. to 10 :00 p.m.
Lodging: Nature chalets, EXP chalets or a shelter in the National Park.

Torchlight Snowshoe Outing at the Parc national du Mont-Mégantic

Discover the splendour of this International Dark-Sky Reserve by snowshoeing on a moonlit evening with torchlights to show the way. You’ll be delighted by the well-marked 3.5 km trail accessible to everyone, where snow-covered ghosts can be seen all around. This outing is also offered along with the astronomy activities at the ASTROLab of the park national du Mont-Mégantic.

Dates: Saturday evenings from January 25 to March 21, 2020, and on March 4, 5 and 6, 2020. (spring break)
Schedule: From 7:00 p.m. to 9 :00 p.m.
Lodging: Shelters, rustic camps, EXP or Echo chalets of the national park.

An Evening Outing at the Parc régional du Mont-Ham

With your crampons or your snowshoes, we strongly suggest that you climb this 713 m mountain offering a 360-degree view. You can enjoy a delicious bowl of soup when you return. A bar and pizza are also available on the site.

Dates: January 11, February 7–8, and March 7, 2020
Departure: 5 :30 p.m.
Reservations are required a minimum of 24 h in advance.
Lodging: A rustic shelter at the regional park or the Inn-Restaurant La Mara

Nocturnia at Parc national de la Yamaska

Attend the “Théâtre de la nature” presented by the Parc national de la Yamaska. With your snowshoes and a colourful lantern, you’ll be guided on a snow-covered trail all the way to the shores of a river that refuses to freeze over. When you return, enjoy observing the sky while you attend an informative talk sitting around the campfire with a cup of hot cocoa or coffee for everyone!

Dates: From February 28 to March 8, 2020
Reservations required
Lodging: A rustic camp or a Nature Chalet at the national park.

Torchlight Evening Cross-country Skiing or Snowshoeing

With cross-country skis or snowshoes, participate in a fun torchlight ballad in the magnificent decor of the Baie-des-Sables tourist station in Mégantic. Strong legs are required because the tour lasts three hours! Psst… Plus, the station is located inside the International Dark-Sky Reserve.

Dates: January 17 and February 8, 2020
Schedule: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Lodging: Chalets or rooms are available at Station touristique Baie-des-Sables.

©Parc national de la Yamaska

A Fatbike Evening Outing at Parc national de la Yamaska

Ready for a fatbike outing (VPS) in the dark ? Come and discover the 30 km trail network at Parc national de la Yamaska. The activity is mainly aimed at beginners and is reserved for ages 10 and over. Equipment rental will be available for the evening.

Dates: February 29, and March 14, 2020
Schedule: Starting at 6:00 p.m.
Lodging: Chalets and rustic camps at the national park or Granby's Hotels.

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