These people like snow.
Winter is one long damn festival from snow sculpture contests to snowmobile racing to ice-skating festivals.
Everywhere and anywhere, somebody is celebrating the snow. In Québec City they even have a king for winter, Bonhomme Carnaval, who rules from an ice palace, can you believe. These folks have so much fun with snow, why not share it with them?
Le Saisonnier’s wood are perfect for X-country skiing


1. Kenogami

Your guide will welcome you upon your arrival at the Cépal Adventure Hotel & Resort.. You’ll be outfitted from head to toe for your adventure. Enjoy a typical Saguenay meal and spend a quiet evening around the fire. Cépal is set in an enchanting natural environment over-looking the Sand River and Lake Kenogami. The 67-room complex has several buildings surrounding a central lodge, which accommodates a modern and spacious dining hall and terraced bar. The residential wings are comfortable, set into the woods, & equipped with all the mod cons including private bathrooms, TV – the works. Cépal caters to the sports minded and outdoor inclined. Your adventure begins with breakfast, a video and an explanation of safety procedures. A hearty lunch and you’re off taking in the magnificent sights of of Saguenay/Lac Saint-Jean trails. You’ll be covering an average of 130Km each day and return in the evenings to Cépal for relaxing dinners.

PHOTO: Charles Myers The next few days you’ll be roaring through the trails along the Peribonka River, the Monts-Valin and the magnificent landscapes of Parc des Laurentides.

Your breakfasts and dinners are included and served at Cépal. Lunch stops at Peribonka River & the Parc des Laurentides are not included.

Departures: December 26 – March
Duration: 6 days/5 nights
Depart: Cépal Lodge
Skill Level: Beginner

2. Charlevoix Headland Trail

Claude Coté
A snowshoe adventure without parallel. The dramatic mountains and valleys that run along the North shore of the St. Lawrence estuary have been well documented by various artists throughout the ages. We’ll travel the natural trails along the Cap Maillard headland to Mont Liguori. You’ll start your journey with a communal dinner around our wood burning stove. We’ll cover about 10km a day, spending the nights in the warmth of our wood cabins, along the way.
Cabin to Cabin/Snowshoeing
Departures: End of Dec. through March
Duration: 5 days
Depart: Québec City
Skill Level: Beginner

3. Winter Multi Activity Dogsled, snowshoe, ski , snowmobile

This is the great Québecois winter adventure! Six huskies will carry you on the first leg of this diverse journey.
Next, you’ll be covering over 100 km via snowmobile along the banks of the magnificent St. Lawrence River and exploring the vast region of Charlevoix and its unique, ancient land formations. Then we’ll fit your snowshoes, just like the voyageurs of old for a visit to the Ste. Anne de Beaupre and Mont Ste. Anne ski resorts or you may choose to downhill ski. We’ll transport your luggage from site to site and supply the equipment, (except downhill skis @ $30.00 per day) the comfortable log cabins, the food, the expert guides and the fun. You enjoy!
CABIN TO CABIN/Dogsled, Snowshoe, Ski & Snowmobile!
Departures: End of Dec. through March
Duration: 8 days Depart: Montréal
Skill Level: Beginner


4. Duchesnay:
Quebec City and surrounding Countryside 89 Km2 resort and 42 Km of hiking trails

About 20 minutes west of Quebec City, the Duchesnay lodges and chalets stand apart from any other in Quebec. The former site and buildings of a forestry university Duchesnay has been transformed into a first class resort for nature lovers and vacationers.

Duchesnay offers 5 “pavilions” – large rustic log buildings with modern rooms and private bathrooms off a main “great room” complete with refrigerators, fireplace and cozy couches and chairs for resting, reading or just relaxing!

In addition there are also beautiful chalets, which house 4-10 people very comfortably, right on “Lac St. Joseph” …. Perfect for your family stay!

Of all the Q. A. packages this is the perfect place to stay to discover the greater Quebec City and country region. Activities offered on the property include: canoeing, kayaking, swimming in Lac “St Joseph”, badminton, volley ball, croquet, horseshoe, petanque, archery, playgrounds for the little kids and indoor playrooms with the works for rainy days. Bicycle on the beautiful grounds within the resort or on the paved trail that goes all the way into Quebec City, and 100 km beyond, the path runs right through the Duchesnay…an all day ride if you wish. Bikes, canoes, kayaks – you name it …we have it there for your pleasure. All this while dad back at the chalet cooking the burgers on the outside grill! A good restaurant is located on the property just in case!

From your chalet go and discover old Quebec City – the history, architecture, art galleries, great restaurants, pubs… and shopping! Visit the famous Plains of Abraham. Go canoe or raft the Jacques Cartier river. Visit the beautiful Chalevoix region. Go fishing in the wildlife reserve or drive around the countryside looking for your favorite old French Canadian style home …perhaps find some antiques to bring back!

Now take this same place and add snow to the picture… And you get the winter Duchesnay. As popular as summer our winter vacations include all the same lodging options described — only your activities will change: snowshoeing, cross country skiing (150 km of trails on our property and over 1000 in proximity) ice skate or play hockey on our skating rink, make forts in the snow, try dog sledding… You’ll never forget it! Rent a snowmobile for 1/2 day discovery ride. Picture your kids well dressed with hats, boots, mittens and snowsuits…. rosey cheeked and smiling…warm fires and good food…

10-12 people (5 bedrooms) $900.00* $1500.00*
8-10 people (4 bedrooms) $720.00* $1200.00*
6-8 people (3 bedrooms) $540.00* $900.00*
4-6 people (2 bedrooms) $360.00* $600.00*
Dog-sledding or snowmobile rental is “a la carte”.
Activity passes for equipment & guided activities
are $20 US per person per day (summer)
$25 US per person per day (winter).
*Prices are US per chalet & include taxes


EVER tried snowshoeing? If you take Alexander Henry’s advice, you’ll watch out for the “snowshoe evil”. Henry, a young fur trader from Montreal spending his first up country circa 1763, was afflicted with this strange disease, what we’d probably recognize today as tendonitis. Bit more serious back then, since Henry’s account the remedy was”… laying a piece of lighted touchwood on the (leg) and leaving it there till the flesh is burnt to the nerve.” Wisely our young hero declined this voyager remedy.