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10 Really Cool Places to Go Snowshoeing or Cross-Country Skiing
We’ve just received a generous amount of snow, the temperature is good, the sun is out… Let’s go! We’re off on the trails!
By Carolyne Parent
Les Cèdres, in Granby
Practising your favourite glide sports is a pure joy at Les Cèdres. About 24 km of trails will take you through three golf course sectors with abounding trees and glistening lakes on your route. Two “bonuses”: You can rent equipment on the site, and, in the chalet, you’ll enjoy a comforting bowl of soup while you cozy up by fire.
Four easy trails, in all 20 kilometres are waiting for you in this environment which stands out from others with its amazing fauna. In fact, the animals here seem to really appreciate the different forest and shoreline habitats. So, with a little luck, you could play a game of hide & seek with the park’s white-tailed deer!
With its open trails crossing pasture lands and others following streams, ponds and cliffs, this mountain centre offers you a distance covering 14 kilometres of snow trails. To each their own terrain type and difficulty level; here you’ll find outings that can last from 30 minutes to two hours. Psst! On your way, slow down when you arrive in Sutton! Under a blanket of white, the village looks like it belongs in a snow globe and is truly worth your while.
Ten trails for all levels covering 50 kilometres: You’ll be able to challenge yourself plenty, or at least warm up your calves! Also, don’t miss their Cho-flambeaux evenings: a beginner level trail will be illuminated with torchlight for this magical outing ending with a chocolate treat!
Simply follow the Coldbrook path (www.ville.lac-brome.qc.ca); It links the heart of Knowlton to Lake Brome by way of Tresle Cove, where you’ll find a truly magnificent landscape. Also, a rare treat, you can bring your dog! Six kilometres in all of pure joy for you and your companion! Don’t forget to bring a thermos of hot cocoa for the picture break!
This other family outing proposition covers a super-easy 2,4 km route. Children will love crossing the bridge over the dam and head up to the cross on top of Valcourt mountain and then return to the starting point by way of the Saumon River. While you’re here, take a moment to remember Joseph-Armand Bombardier, the inventor of the snowmobile, who made Kingsbury his inspirational haven!
(A $6 daily permit is required)
An easy trail, this 6.4 km route (out and back), that you find by way of the Chapman trail, is a must for the entire family. Set along a stream for most of the route, it is also one of the most charming paths in the area. The goal will be to reach a cave, but don’t stop here! go just a little further to admire the panorama from atop a cliff!
(A $6 daily permit is required)
Did you know this? In the heart of the city, Mont-Bellevue Park has about thirty kilometres of trails! A must for all those who come here is the cross that overlooks Sherbrooke and the surrounding area. A “bonus” with this destination: The variety of cafés, restaurants and microbreweries nearby!
Your oldest is somewhat of an athlete? The youngest is just starting out? Head to Mont Ham, where everyone finds a trail to suit them. True amateurs can also participate in the evening outings, usually with crampons because the Intrépide trail is quite steep! Under the moonlight (and your headlamp in place), the snow and frost-covered landscape becomes surreal!
Careful! You’ll be awestruck by the trails of Mount Gosford! We guarantee it! Why? Because the exceptional amount of snow you’ll find on the southernmost summit of Quebec, transforms the conifers you’ll find there, into very photogenic “ghosts!” Good to know: The forty or so mountain trails are mainly designed for intermediate and expert snowshoe outings.