Nature Park ‘Bois de l’Île Bizard’, île Bizard, Ste-Geneviève, Montreal, Quebec

The Nature Park ‘Bois de l’Ile Bizard’ includes sugar maple trees, cedar groves and marshes. It has a magnificent view of the Lake of Two Mountains. This is a place where you can go walking and cycling but also in winter you can practice cross-country skiing (20km) or go snowshoeing (10km). There are several paths in this large star-shaped park; it even has a bridge that crosses the great swamp. You can see some animals like ducks, beavers, turtles, birds. In spring and fall, it’s a good place to watch migrating geese and other birds in the lake. In summer you can also enjoy swimming, canoeing, fishing or having a picnic (barbecue allowed).

Tips

If you want to walk around with your pet, in this park it’s possible.
In winter you have a snowshoe and ski rental on site.
The park is open all year long.

Festival des Neiges of Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Festival des Neiges of  Montreal is an annual event that takes place every year on several weekends at Parc Jean Drapeau. There are a lot of winter activities and what’s even better is that most of them are completely free, except the glass slides and the dog sled tours.. There are zip lines, skating, glass sculting, shows, music; among others. There is also a special section for younger children. This year the event will take place from January 19th to February 10th.

Tips

The best way to arrive is by metro and go down in Jean-Drapeau Station.

For paid activities, you can buy a pass which will give you unlimited access for the duration of the festival. Children under 2 years do not pay and there is the possibility of buying a family package a little cheaper for 4 people.

Open Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Dogs on a leash are allowed.

Mont-Sainte-Anne, St-Féréole-des-Neiges, Beaupré, Quebec, Canada

Mont-Sainte-Anne is a ski resort in the town of Beaupré in the borough of St-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Quebec, Canada, located about 40 km (25 mi) northeast of Quebec City. The mountain is part of the Laurentian mountain chain. The mountain has a summit elevation of 800 m (2,625 ft) above sea level and a vertical drop of 625 m (2,051 ft).

Tips

Alpine ski

The montain hosted several World Cups and notably known for the high quality expert slope, Mont-Sainte-Anne offers to all categories of skiers and snowboarders, a variety of tracks suitable for them. Three sides of the mountain has 69 tracks covering an area of 182 hectares and a length of 69 km, with a vertical drop of 625 meters and 10 lifts. In the evening, 19 tracks greet fans with the highest vertical lightened slope in Canada. The top of the station receives an average of 400 inches of snow per year.

Cross-country ski

The cross-country ski center Mont-Sainte-Anne has 200 km of trails for classic and 191 km for skating. It is located 7 km east of the Alpine ski resort and includes a track that connects the foot of the mountain to the bottom of the ski center itself.

Mountain biking

Mont-Sainte-Anne offers mountain bikers a network of high-caliber trails, one of the largest in eastern Canada.

Walking hiking

The resort also has 42 miles of hiking trails.

Free flight

For free flight enthusiasts, seven takeoffs are available according to flight conditions, and three officials and four emergency landings. A vocational school is open all year. There is a specially equipped training hill and several trails for practice on the ground. An open mechanical reassembled 11 months per year allows to fly several times a day. A path leads to the summit when gondolas are closed.

Other activities

Winter : Snowshoeing, dogsledding, paragliding, sleigh rides, ice skating, snowmobiling (nearby), spa.

Summer: Campground, paragliding, hiking, golf, mountain biking.