Get off the beaten path
For real snow enthusiasts or less experienced outdoor enthusiasts looking for new winter experiences, here's your chance to discover the fascinating secrets of the majestic Chic-Chocs mountains!
An outing in caribou country
Parc national de la Gaspésie applies a policy of proactive territorial management in order to respect the measures to protect the mountain caribou established by the Québec government. Thus, access to certain sectors may be restricted during winter.
Instructions to be followed
It is recommended to follow these few guidelines to avoid, as much as possible, interfering with caribou activities.
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.
You can practice this activity in many off-trail zones, 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.
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.
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.
Discover also the off-trail zone in the Mont-Ernest-Laforce sector.
Cross-country skiing and backcountry skiing
Parc national de la Gaspésie also offers 3 trails of groomed cross-country ski trails. The Mont-Albert sector receives over 3 m of snow annually. It is well-distributed between mid-December and mid-March, making for excellent snow conditions all winter long.
Backcountry skiing enthusiasts will also find something to suit them, thanks to a range of short hikes and long hikes with overnight stays in huts.
The ultimate snowy experience
The Mountain School offers the very best tools to answer the call of the snow-covered peaks! On site, you’ll find information to plan your day, while being able to exchange tips with other skiers in a spirit of sharing and discovery. Guided activities are also offered to help you explore the snow-covered trails:
Don't have any equipment? No problem, you can rent everything here: high-road skis, snowshoes, backcountry skis, cross-country skis, avalanche safety kits, and more.
Be among the first to hit the trails! A wide range of accommodation options – from comfortable cabins to rooms in a luxurious 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.
Gîte du Mont-Albert
This magnificent 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.
For a memorable stay at the mountain, take advantage of one of our packages offered to visitors.
Located in the heart of Parc national de la Gaspésie, eighteen cabins with traditional charm surround Gîte du Mont-Albert. They are built on one or two floors and include a fireplace or a wood stove. These cabins can accommodate from 4 to 8 people.
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.
These accessible and affordable 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.
In winter 2022-2023, you must reserve your equipment at less 24 hours before your activity.
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 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 an introduction to mountain safety. The experienced guide provided by our partner, Ski Chic-Chocs, will accompany you all day long to ensure a safe and memorable outing. Details
Guide services for private groups – Alpine touring skiing
Our partner Ski Chic-Chocs also offers private guide services so you can enjoy a personalized experience adapted to all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Find out more
Understand the mountain
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
Safety in mountain in avalanche terrain
UQAR mountain studies station
The Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) mountain studies 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.