In this enchanting environment where snow conditions are one of a kind, winter enthusiasts will have a blast! After enjoying a vast array of activities, you’ll head home with memories to cherish forever.
Against the backdrop of a winter wonderland, snowshoe buffs can enjoy 13 trails ranging in length from 1.7 to 18 km in the Mont-Albert sector of Parc national de la Gaspésie and on the grounds of Réserve faunique des Chic-Chocs.
Someting new: access to Mont Ernest-Laforce, a renowned location for moose watching that offered a 360-degree panoramic view.
Snowshoeing equipment rental offered at the Mountain School.
You can practice this activity in 7 skiing areas, featuring snow fields and glades. Here, there's no mechanized lifts! But your efforts will be rewarded with a powder quality out of the ordinary.
- Mur des patrouilleurs (Parc national de la Gaspésie, Mont-Albert sector)
- Grande-Cuve (Parc national de la Gaspésie, Mont-Albert sector)
- Champ de Mars (Réserve faunique des Chic-Chocs)
- Mont Hog's Back (Réserve faunique des Chic-Chocs)
- Mines Madeleine (Réserve faunique des Chic-Chocs – with a need to sleep in a shelter to access this sector)
- Mont Lyall
- Mont Vallières-de-Saint-Réal (Réserve faunique des Chic-Chocs – accessible from the Lac-Saint-Anne cabins)
Depending on your destination and your level of physical fitness, it takes, on average, a little less than an hour for each of these climbs. The difference in elevation varies between 100 and 350 m. Also, get more information about snow conditions and avalanche risks.
High-road skiing equipment rental offered at the Mountain School.
Cross-country skiing and backcountry skiing
Equipment rental offered at the Mountain School.
Be among the first to hit the trails! A wide range of accommodation options – from comfortable cabins to rooms in a four-star hotel, lodge, or inn, to an isolated hut in the forest – will enable you to sleep a few steps from the trails, providing easy access to the most beautiful peaks of the territory.
These cabins in Réserve faunique des Chic-Chocs are located by majestic Lac Sainte-Anne. What a terrific location! You can literally step out of your cabin on skis or snowshoes and climb Vallières-de-Saint-Réal!
The mountains surrounding the cabins offer a fairy-tale setting for snowshoeing-excursion and alpine-touring enthusiasts. You’ll simply drive a few minutes from the cabins, then set off to conquer Hog's Back and Lyall mountains as well as Champ-de-Mars.
Gîte du Mont-Albert
This magnificent 4-star hotel is renowned for hospitality, fine cuisine and a host of outdoor activities. It offers its guests all the comforts of home in the high-mountain ambience of this generous natural setting.
Eighteen cabins with traditional charm surround Gîte du Mont-Albert. These chalets can accommodate from 4 to 8 people.
These accessible and affordable communal accommodations are located near Mont-Albert. You’ll find eight beds, a table, chairs, and a wood stove. Please bring everything you need to prepare meals.
Our brand-new Mountain School offers the ideal tools when you’re irresistibly drawn to the peaks. It is a meeting place to meet, gather information, and exchange advice in a spirit of sharing and discovery. Professional guides bring skiers fond of powder snow to the very best areas, and snowshoers can explore less visited alpine environments. There’s something for everyone, and for all levels, made accessible via a wide range of activities and new equipment available for rent.
Information and reservation: 1-800-665-6527
Alpine touring set including:
10% discount on rentals for participants in the “Introduction to alpine touring skiing” activity. Limited quantity.
Backcountry skiing set including:
Cross-country skiing set including:
Avalanche safety set including:
Taxes not included.
Introduction to the Chic-Chocs during winter
Despite all evidence to the contrary, winter is hardly the time to hibernate. The park offers a wide range of activities and discoveries for you to enjoy. Want to take full advantage of every moment outdoors? Well, why not participate in this activity, during which an outdoor professional from our partner Ski Chic-Chocs will share his or her tips and advice? How to dress properly? What equipment to bring? How to get around safely in avalanche terrain? A wide range of practical information at your disposal! Details
Introduction to alpine touring skiing
Is this your first alpine touring skiing experience or your inaugural visit to the Chic-Chocs mountains? This introductory session will provide important information about the park’s mountainous terrain, as well as an introduction to mountain safety and to the conditions that will prevail during your stay. The experienced guide provided by our partner, Ski Chic-Chocs, will accompany you all day long to ensure a safe and memorable outing. Details
Discover the alpine environment of the Chic-Chocs on snowshoes. With a guide from our partner Ski Chic-Chocs, you’ll go to less visited areas featuring spectacular lookouts. Details
Guide services for private groups – Alpine touring skiing
Our partner Ski Chic-Chocs also offers private guide services for one to six people so you can enjoy a personalized experience adapted to all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Find out more
In partnership with Avalanche Québec, you will find at the Mountain School the daily bulletin of avalanche conditions and forecasts for the Chic-Chocs. Several good practices need to be learned and adopted to ensure safe sliding. Find out more
UQAR mountain and alpine research station
The Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) research station will develop knowledge concerning the impact of climate change on biodiversity, geomorphology, and mountain-related risks, as well as possible solutions to better preserve our environment. Particular attention will be paid to the Gaspésie caribou, an endangered species.
Skiing with caribou
Instructions to be followed
It is recommended to follow these few guidelines to avoid, as much as possible, interfering with caribou activities.