Updated on Jan 10, 2023

Winter Outings in the Townships for Free (or Almost!)

Are you looking for a maximum of fun at a minimum cost? Here are some suggestions that will give your wallet a nice break!

Free Activities

Get moving for free in our national parks

There's nothing better than taking advantage of the Quebec government's new initiative to be physically active, without spending! Two days a week between December 28, 2022 and March 14, 2023, access to Québec's national parks will be free. With four national parks, our region is a great playground to stretch or try new winter sports! For full details and to view the free days calendar, click here.

Access to the cross-country ski trails in Mont-Mégantic and Mont-Orford national parks, as well as to the dedicated fatbike trails in Mont-Orford, will remain subject to a fee. Don't forget to purchase your ticket before every visit.

Sherbrooke’s Interactive Mural Circuit

Thanks to the Muralis application, the city’s murals come to life. Discover eighteen frescoes and learn more about the history and culture of Sherbrooke thanks to the animated, interactive capsules. A great activity for bringing together outdoor fun and culture!

© Daphné Caron

Go for a Walk in the City or in the Forest

Winter walks have found many adepts in the Townships and several trails and pathways are accessible for free, whether it’s an urban walk or hiking in a forest setting. Choose your camp … or not!

Fly on the Ice

For enjoying some quality time with your family or your better half as you take in some fresh air, there’s nothing better than ice skating. Whether it’s the 2.5 km ice ice path by Lake Memphremagog, the Domaine Howard pond in Sherbrooke, or the illuminated paths of Parc Daniel-Johnson in Granby, you’ll have a great time without spending a dime!

Outings for $25 or Less

Tube Sliding… Hurray!

Parc national de la Yamaska

Sliding, at full speed, down a snow-covered slope on an inner tube or a luge? Yes indeed! In fact, at the Parc national de la Yamaska, they are offering you three sliding corridors. You must bring your own luge.

Cost: The activity is free but you must pay a park entrance fee of $9.25 per adult. Access is free for 17-year-olds and younger.

Parc du Mont-Bellevue

Are you passing through the Sherbrooke area? Head to Mont-Bellevue Park and have fun in an intermediate slide! Your entrance ticket will give you access to the slides and a lift for a period of 2 hours. The youngest members of the family still have energy to spend? Opt for some downhill skiing or snowboarding descents in the ten slopes of this small mountain.

Cost: Depending on the age of the participants, you will have to pay between $ 6 and $ 10S. The activity is free for children aged 4 and 5.

Check out all the other venues that offer tube sliding in the region.

© Les Vraies Richesses

A Sweet Outing in Sherbrooke

If you have a sweet tooth, these two places are a must for you: the pastry shop Ça beigne and the bakery Les Vraies Richesses. The first address will offer you a variety of artisanal doughnuts, each just as delicious as the other; The second stop will have you discover a panoply of delicious treats such as their breads, muffins, macaroon, chocolate eclairs, cakes… A true delight! You can order online.

© Vie de plein air

Try a Snow Scooter

How does it work? Well, it works the same way as a regular scooter but, instead of wheels, you’ll be pushing ahead on two big skis over the snow. You can rent this fun contraption at Vie de Plein Air, in Magog, and ride along the trail set by Lake Memphremagog. If the conditions are right, you can even glide directly on the lake.

Cost: Rentals are $13.05 per hour

A Fatbike on Mont Bellevue

Mont Bellevue offers a network of trails covering 9 kilometres accessible to fatbikes. Are you a beginner? Try the trail that will take you around the mountain. You’re an expert? Head down the Kamikaze and the Épingle (the hairpin), two trails marked as difficult.

Cost: Bike rentals are $25 for 1 hour (available at the ski station). Trail access is free.

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