Snowshoeing is growing in leaps and bounds. Resorts, parks and ski hills are buiding designated trails and hiking trails are more and more being repurposed in the winter for the webbed foot set. Of course it's often repeated that "if you can walk, you can snow shoe" and while this is true this is only the sports initial allure. The ability to expore where skiers can't, to pack into a cabin through waist high drifts and snow laden boughs is a wonderful experience.

North of Montreal, Mont Tremblant Resort offers tours for first timers or adventurers who want something a little different. Mont Tremblant Park as well as it's sister in the southern Laurentains, Oka, have designated self guiding trails which take you along half frozen streams to ice covered lakes or wind swept beaches. South of the city you'll find our favourite snowshoe destination at Mont Megantic Provincial Park. Designated trails allow you to access the parks hut system and make a weekend of it.

 
 

Coaticook Gorge - The park has cross country skiing, snowshoeing as well as lift served tubing area for the kids - big and small. Getting to the park: From Montreal take Highway 10 (the Eastern Townships Autoroute) to exit 121, follow the 55 south to exit 21 where you'll pick up the 141 heading east. When you reach Coaticook watch for the signs for the park. Coaticook, Eastern Townships, Quebec

Ile de Boucherville - In the winter time part of the summer trail system is open to cross country skiers and snowshoers. Take note, the ski trails are not groomed, so you may have to break trail yourself. The park also has 5km of trails available for winter hikers. Snow shoes can be rented at the park. If you're driving from Montreal take the 40 (or Sherbrooke) east to the 25 then head south to the tunnel. When you see daylight again take the very first exit, which will bring you into the park, Monteregie (Montreal), Quebec

Mont Megantic - Although a bit of a drive, the park has perhaps the best snowshoeing in the surrounding regions of Montreal, particularly if you are an intermediate or expert in the sport. There are several designate trails and you can even climb to the top of one of the parks significant peaks (you better be in shape for this). The scenery is spectacular with the the trees usually heavily laden by the areas phenomenal snow fall. Heated prospectors tens which allow you to warm up along the way are found along certain sections of the trail. Most of the park huts can be reached on snowshoes and if you reserve, your group can book one for an overnight stay, but book early they are popular with the skiers as well. From Montreal take highway 10 (the eastern townships autoroute) passed Sherbrooke where it turns into the 112. Just before East Angus turn onto the 253 going south. Follow the 253 until you reach the junction of the 212 and head east. Stay on the 212 to Notre Dame des Bois then follow the signs to the the park.Out-There's feature article - Hut-to-Hut at Mont Megantic Eastern Townships, Quebec

Mont Orford Park - This is a park that has just about everything in the winter, cross country skiing, winter hiking, snowboarding (with a 2000ft vertical) and snowshoeing. There are a number of trails for snowshoers with the real challenge in the form of the Mont Chauve trail, which takes you to the summit and back, a distance of 16km. From Montreal take highway 10 (the Eastern Townships Autoroute) to exit 118 (Magog-Orford) follow the 141 north into the park. Magog, Eastern Townships, Quebec

Mont-Tremblant Cross-Country Center - The Domaine St-Bernard is well known for its cross country skiing now has facilities for snowshoeing. Located between the resort at Tremblant, Grey Rocks and St. Jovite it makes for an ideal days outing for families and enthusiasts visiting the area. Mont Tremblant, Laurentians, Quebec

Mont Tremblant Park - Both the Lac Munro and the Pembina sectors have designated snowshoe trails. Taking advantage of the extensive hiking network, the parks snow shoe trails will take you into small lakes or up onto some of the parks spectacular look outs. Rentals are available. Diable Sector (Lac Monroe) - From Montreal take highway 15 to the 117 to St Faustin, then follow the signs north into the park. From Mont Tremblant resort take highway around the mountain to the south side bypassing the split to ski hill. At the T intersection take a right and follow the signs a short distance into the park. Pembina (St. Donat) - From Montreal take the 15 or 13 north to the 640 east. Take highway 125 to the northeast towards St Donat then follow route 3 into the park. Laurentians, Quebec

Mont Temblant Resort - In addition to almost every other conceivable outdoor activity, the resort has a trail system with guided outings. Consult with the activities centre for descriptions of the tours. From Montreal - Take Autoroute 15 which turns into the 117 just passed Sainte-Agathe. Along the 117 watch for the signs for the resort at Saint-Jovite. Follow the signs (327) to the resort.

Oka Park - The park is a favourite cross country ski destination for outdoor enthusiasts in Montreal and the lower laurentians. There are now three easy snow shoeing trails which will take you through the parks beautiful oak forests. The park is 55 km northwest of Montreal. Take highway 13 or 15 (the Laurentian Autoroute) north to the 640. Then head west towards St Eustache. The 640 takes you right into the park.

Voyageur Provincial Park - The park is open to snowshoers and cross country skiers in the winter. The cross country ski trails are groomed but their is no dedicated snowshoe trails so you have to make your own. The park is located about 1 hour from Montreal on the road to Ottawa. From the Metropolitan in Montreal follow the 40 west. In Vaudreuil-Dorion take the split to Ottawa. Once you enter Ontario you take the first exit (exit no. 5) then head east towards the Ottawa River. Chute a Blondeau, Ontario

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Dog Sledding

Aventures Mont Tremblant - Dog Sledding tours of several hours to several days. Reservations are required. La Conception, Laurentians, Quebec

Base de Plein Air Cockanagog - Dog Sledding and Skijoring. Reservations are required. Ferme Neuve, Laurentians, Quebec

Casaventures - Dog Sledding, Tours and Instruction. Reservations are required. Vals des Lacs, Laurentians, Quebec

Adrenaline School of Adventure - Dog Sledding tours a few hours or a few days. Group packages are available. Magog, Eastern Townships, Quebec

 

 
 

 

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Tubing

Fete des Neiges - During the event only, Parc Jean Drapeau, Montreal

Mont Saint Sauveur - Laurentians
Mont Avila - Laurentians
Centre Sport Tornade - Mont St Hilaire, (450) 446-9977, Monteregie
Haute Bois Normand - Eastman, (866) 297-2659, Eastern Townships
Parc du la Gorge de Coaticook - Coaticook, Eastern Townships

 

 

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