Winter’s not for those with the shivers!

Our winter sports challenges

Real outdoor sports lovers, or those who claim to be, are certainly not afraid of the cold and snow! Certain Sépaq destinations offer these true winter buffs great challenges to test their abilities and provide them with that shot of adrenaline they’re always looking for.

Here are some suggestions for winter activities that will take you beyond your limits, while enjoying the best of winter. You never know what you’ll discover!

Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier
Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier Steve Deschênes | © Sépaq

Fatbiking for miles

Mountain bikers no longer have to wait anxiously for the snow to melt before enjoying their favourite sport. Thanks to the renowned fatbike, they can put pedal to metal during the cold season! At some of our winter destinations, you can work up a sweat on a number of trails along snowy surfaces while experiencing the same sensations you get from mountain biking in the summer.

Skiing off the beaten track

Thrills galore await you here! Offering two off-track wooded areas stretching 150 hectares, Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier is sure to satisfy even the most intrepid skier. The scenario seems perfect: mature birch forest, wilderness, and a steady downward slope. In short, guaranteed moments of pure happiness for fans of alpine trekking, telemark skiing, and snowboarding, who love powder snow more than anything else in the world. 

Reach the highest peaks on a hike

This is where truly fearless winter hikers show their stuff. Because to conquer the highest peaks on foot or on snowshoes is to be a privileged spectator at a show that few visitors can boast of having seen. Get ready for awesome all-white landscapes that will take your breath away. Once the climb is complete, the satisfaction is all the greater, crowned with this impression of being at the top of the world. Difficult-level trails are found at a number of our winter destinations, most notably at Gaspésie, Bic, Jacques-Cartier, Monts-Valin, Mont-Mégantic, Grands-Jardins, and Mont-Tremblant national parks, where a real challenge awaits those who care to dare.

Parc national d'Oka
Parc national d'Oka Mathieu Dupuis | © Sépaq
Parc national des Grands-Jardins
Parc national des Grands-Jardins Steve Deschênes | © Sépaq
Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay
Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay Marc Loiselle | © Sépaq
Auberge de montagne des Chic-Chocs
Auberge de montagne des Chic-Chocs Mathieu Dupuis | © Sépaq

A safe escape from civilization

Whether snowshoeing or backcountry skiing, a long trek is the winter adventure par excellence for veteran outdoor enthusiasts. Exploring the backcountry means venturing where humans rarely tread. It also means moving across wild territories, devoid of infrastructure and amenities. Head for any one of Aiguebelle, Fjord-du-Saguenay, Gaspésie, Jacques-Cartier, Mont-Tremblant, or Monts-Valin national parks and organize a two-to-five-day expedition of this kind. Your skills and physical capacity to go it alone will be put to the test, and showing the utmost respect for the natural environment will be the order of the day.

Putting your legs to the test by Hok skiing

Here’s another experience for outdoor sports lovers looking for powder snow! Why not try off-track Hok skiing, the perfect combination of snowshoeing and skiing? Significantly shorter and wider than their cross-country cousin, Hok skis include built-in climbing skins for optimum movement in the thick snow cover of the forest while ensuring that you descend the slopes at limited speed. Very easy to handle, Hok skiing is perfect for the uninitiated, though you still have to know the basics of downhill skiing to make the most of your experience. You can enjoy this exciting sport at Monts-Valin and Gaspésie national parks, as well as at Station Duchesnay and Auberge de montagne des Chic-Chocs. 

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