While it’s easy for all of us to just want to hibernate in our beds and watch Netflix until the end of winter, a little fresh air always feels good. And this Quebec hike with its sublime landscape is an ideal place to explore during the cold season.
Located in Saint-Fulgence in the Saguenay — Lac-Saint-Jean region, Parc national des Monts-Valin feels like it’s in a snow globe once it’s filled with fluffy white snowflakes all over the place. .
The national park’s winter schedule begins December 10. Whenever you decide to venture there, you can go to the Discovery and Visitors Center as early as 8 a.m. to decide which trails you want to take.
If you prefer cross-country skiing to hiking, there are five trails you can try, varying in level from easy to difficult.
For those who love the view, there is a heated hut located on a hill 6 kilometers from the center where you can rest and enjoy the magical panoramic view.
With 77 kilometers of marked trails available to anyone who wants to go on a snowshoe adventure, this place might just convince you to love winter. And here’s a tip: The most beautiful lookouts and lookouts are on the Pic-de-la-Tête-de-Chien, Pic-de-la-Hutte and Mirador trails.
And for those who are not too fond of winter training, you will want to discover the Ghost Express, a tracked shuttle that will take you to the Valley of the Ghosts straight out of a Christmas movie.
Anyone who reaches the top of this 984-meter mountain will be able to admire a magical snow-covered landscape with breathtaking views.
It might be a five hour drive from Montreal, but it’s definitely worth the trip.
Monts Valin National Park
Cost: $ 9
When: December 10, 2021 to March 28, 2022, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: 360, rang St. Louis, Saint-Fulgence, QC
Before you go, check out our responsible travel guide to be informed, be safe, be smart and most of all, be respectful during your trip.
In Quebec, a vaccination passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.