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.

Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas

Great Stirrup Cay is a 250-acre private island in the Bahamas that belongs to the Norwegian Cruise Line cruises and is completely reserved for their passengers who will join the shore on a small boat. You can disembark at the time of the day suitable for you and return to the ship whenever you want, the boat service is constant. The island has beautiful white sand beaches with an infrastructure dedicated to cruise passengers who make a stopover in this little paradise. You have plenty of sunbeds distributed everywhere so no need to worry about finding one and if you prefer, there is a paying section where you can rent a kind of tent with 2 sunbeds to protect you a little from the sun and to have more privacy. You will find some restaurants (with hot or cold dishes) and bars; tacos, burgers, pizza, fresh fruit and more. Several activities are as possible as excursions. There are kiosks that sell crafts and souvenirs and prices are in US dollars. Another section with a lagoon will be inaugurated very soon. You will have the opportunity to rent a villa or studio for the day.

Tips

Bring your beach towel, sunscreen, sunglasses and your boat access card even a little money if you want to buy souvenirs.

Regarding the drink package, you keep your package on land valid in all bars.

If possible, book your excursions before boarding to make sure you have your place.

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.