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Introduce your family to cross-country skiing

Members of the upcoming generation are guests of honour at Sépaq’s seven cross-country skiing centres. In addition to being admitted free of charge to national parks, youngsters 17 and under have free access to our cross-country ski trails when accompanied by an adult. They can even borrow equipment without paying a cent!

Here are some destinations where you can introduce your children to this winter sport.

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Parc national d’Oka

During the winter, cross-country skiing is the king of all activities at the park! Your family can explore some of our more accessible trails and discover all the pleasures of the sport. In addition, a cross-country skiing school offers courses for children 4 to 13 years of age and there’s even a shop on site.

Parc national du Mont-Orford

A must for winter sports enthusiasts! Cross-country skiing lovers can follow family trails 1, 2, 3, and 4 while discovering the beauty and tranquility of the territory. Have a look around! This national park is endowed with a great wealth of fauna. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to meet certain animal residents.

Parc national du Mont-Orford
Parc national du Mont-Orford Brook & Peony | © Sépaq
Station touristique Duchesnay
Station touristique Duchesnay Steve Deschênes | © Sépaq


This renowned cross-country skiing centre will delight new skiers in the Québec City region. You and your family will have no trouble exploring trail number 1 where you’ll discover all the beauty of this territory located a mere30 minutes from Québec City, between forest and lake. A cross-country skiing school also offers courses for children four years of age and over.

Parc national du Mont-Saint-Bruno

Another great destination to try this sliding sport for the youngest! With your little skiers, you can take family-friendly trail 8There is even a cross-country skiing school where children four years of age and over can take a course.

New! In collaboration with the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie and La Petite Expé, the park is offering the brand-new "Sur la piste des Cubes énergie" trail circuit, a fun and free formula to familiarize youngsters with cross-country skiing in an enjoyable and relaxed context. It includes a learning area to introduce them to the equipment and to sliding. Once they feel confident, a 600-metre loop is at their disposal: a no-pressure way for them to get acquainted with the pleasures of track-set trails.

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