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).

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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.

Carnival of Guadeloupe, West Indies

One of the most important festivals in the West Indies is the carnival of Guadeloupe which takes place for about two weeks and can go up to 4 weeks; but the most important days go from Fat Sunday to the day after Fat Tuesday, or Ash Wednesday. With European origins, this festival has taken place more and more in the West Indian culture and has settled. During this period, there are several events that take place like singing and dancing competitions, costume parades and of course the election of the queen. The most important events take place in Basse-Terre where the public accompanies the musicians, dancers and participants costumed through the streets of the city with the rhythm of the drums. The iconic Carnival character, King Vaval (abreviation of Carnival in Creole), is cremated on Ash Wednesday, ending the festivity and the crowd dresses in black and white for the occasion.

Tips

If you visit Basse-Terre during a ship stop before the carnival, you can usually see some participants who practice for carnival parade during the day in the city center (especially on weekends). This is a good opportunity to know a little about this festivity.

Two or three weeks before the big festivity, you can also attend group parades on Sunday from 17:00.