Snowy expanses as far as the eye can see, forming a magical landscape – a winter setting that fits the Laurentians like a glove! When its mountains, lakes, rivers, and forests are covered in pure white, the region shows another side of its personality. The bracing air, the blazing sun, and the ephemeral beauty of snowflakes swirling in the wind turn it into a veritable winter wonderland. Athletes and recreationists can play outside to their hearts’ content. There’s also ample opportunity for quiet reflection. Whether the goal is to have fun and play in the heart of nature or simply enjoy a moment of calm, the Laurentians have something to enchant visitors of every type.
Immerse Yourself in Nature
Play your favourite winter sports while taking in the region’s superb panoramic views! Savour a day out in nature at the Gai-Luron Cross-Country Skiing Centre in Saint-Jérôme, where you can explore a host of winding ski trails that immerse you in the heart of a lush forest. With its wide variety of distances and gradients, this stunning wilderness area is perfect for sport and recreation buffs of every level. Explore the myriad flora and fauna of Sainte-Adèle’s Parc de la Rivière Doncaster during a pleasant snowshoe hike in the heart of nature. Pause on your way to admire the beautiful Doncaster River waterfalls, a true jewel waiting to be discovered. Or take a 2- to 3-hour D-Tour fatbike trek to explore the Mont-Tremblant region under its beautiful white blanket. Go along at your own pace and level while marveling at the wealth of unique landscapes, including a dense pine forest and Rivière du Diable. Last but not least, Parc Éco Laurentides in Mont-Blanc offers easy access to a vast natural area full of picturesque forests, lakes, and mountains to discover, all within easy reach. Lose yourself in the Laurentian forest’s immense beauty while traversing kilometres of cross-country ski or snowshoe trails. Experience the region’s rich natural landscapes up close this winter!
Time to Hit the Ice
Don’t forget to strap on your skates and enjoy the winter scenery while staying active with your family! Come to Mirabel’s Parc Régional Éducatif Bois de Belle-Rivière and be swept away by a magical setting with 2.5 km of skate trails that wind through an enchanting maple forest. Check the park programming to see when trails are lighted up during the season! To the north in Saint-Sauveur, John H. Molson Park has a host of sports facilities for young and old alike. Hit the ice on nearly 2 km of forest trails, challenge your buddies or family members to some friendly pick-up on the big rink, or help your kids hone their skills on the small rink. Come to Sainte-Adèle and try the two rinks at Claude-Henri-Grignon Park, one for hockey and one for free skating – the perfect way to make the most of the outdoors. For a fun, festive atmosphere, come out to Tremblant Resort’s Saint-Bernard Chapel. Skate on the illuminated outdoor rink, try the two ice slides, and check out the amazing ice sculptures – some great reasons to play outside!
Just Like a Postcard
Laurentian winter landscapes are pretty as a postcard! Come see the region’s most beautiful winter landscapes while wearing your cross-country skis, on the P’tit Train du Nord. On the way from Saint-Jérôme to Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, why not stop at Espresso Sports equipment rental in Sainte-Adèle? After that, you might want to ski from Mont-Tremblant to the Lac Mercier train station. The 5% gradient is perfect for a beginner doing distance training, or for anyone looking to get back in shape. Admire the diversity of the region’s landscapes along rivers, beside lakes, or across snowy wooded areas. The best views aren’t just for the intrepid: take to the trails of Parc National du Mont-Tremblantand snowshoe to its spectacular peaks. Last but not least, on cross-country skis, on snowshoes, or in your warmest winter boots, soak up the natural wonder and tranquility of Mont-Tremblant’s Domaine Saint-Bernard, home to wild pine forests and birds of all kinds. Be sure to bring your camera!
Family Fun in the Great Outdoors
Bring your family to a snowy wonderland and burn off energy while taking in our stunning and diverse landscapes. Spend a day in Mirabel’s Parc du Domaine Vert and enjoy a host of winter activities in the heart of the forest. Put on warm clothes and come tobogganing, skate on a 1 km ice loop, or go fatbiking through a winter fairyland of snow-dusted trees. Equipment can be rented right on site. Saint-Jérôme’s Parc Régional de la Rivière-du-Nord is also a true paradise for lovers of the outdoors, with an added bonus: The natural beauty of Wilson Falls, waiting to be discovered. Whether on snowshoes, on foot, or on cross-country skis, come soak up dazzling scenery in the heart of an immense forest. Treat yourself to a peaceful moment in nature at Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts Campground and Outdoor Centre, where you can explore 30 km of beautiful snowshoe trails. Bring the whole family and try a variety of trails geared to users of every skill level, tucked away in the most enchanting surroundings. Lastly, Plein Air Aventure La Minerve has a multitude of snowshoe and cross-country ski trails that twist and wind around beautiful lakes. Along the way, stop at one of our rest areas to soak up the scenery and enjoy the tranquility of nature – some wonderful ways to create lasting family memories!
Put on Your Hiking Boots and Get Out in the Fresh Air
No snowshoes? No worries! Plan an outing to Oka National Park to enjoy some 10 kilometres of marked winter hiking trails, including one that runs along Lac des Deux Montagnes. The Calvaire d’Oka trails also let you admire this stunning natural setting from a whole new angle. Put on your boots and head to Mont-Blanc, where Sentier des cimes Laurentides is sure to impress with its massive 40-metre structure that promises a breathtaking view of the Laurentian landscape. Then stop at Chez Émile Restaurant for some fresh local cuisine! Or venture further south to Saint-Joseph-du-Lac, where Cidrerie Lacroix has winter walking trails through its orchard so you can enjoy the fresh air in beautiful country surroundings. Even your canine companion is welcome! Last but not least, Centre de plein air Mont-Laurier has Nordic walking trails to help you stay fit this winter amidst snowy forests and the enveloping scent of evergreen. Even without equipment, we can all experience the joys of winter!
Enjoy the Scenery from a Dogsled
Take a dogsled ride through the region’s most enchanting winter landscapes. Whether you book with Ski Doux in Saint-Hippolyte, Laurel Aventure Nature in Wentworth-Nord, the Tremblant Activity Centre, Alaskan Aventure in Arundel, or the Kanatha-Aki Nature Activity Centre in Val-des-Lacs, you’ll be warmly greeted by people who have a true passion for what they do and want to share their love of animals with you. Whether novice or expert, you can choose from a host of excursions and packages that have everything to ensure your experience is authentic, unforgettable, and true to your needs. Then you can come explore our lakes, mountains, and forests, take in the spectacular scenery, and enjoy the tranquility of nature.
Time to Rest and Reflect
After a day in the great outdoors skiing, snowshoeing, or fat-biking, come unwind in one of our Laurentian spas. It’s also a chance to enjoy the region’s gorgeous snowy scenery during a relaxing thermal experience. Traversed by Rivière à Simon, Strøm Nordic Spa Saint-Sauveur honours a Scandinavian tradition that is already well established in the Laurentians. Surrounded by mature trees, the spa offers an immersive relaxing experience in harmony with nature. Ofuro Zen Station in Morin-Heights invites you to soak up the Eastern ambiance in an incomparable relaxing environment, whether under winter sun or snow. You’re sure to be charmed by the enchanting winter landscape. Last but not least, Scandinave Spa Mont-Tremblant invites you to immerse yourself in a relaxing experience with a spa circuit in the midst of nature, one that promotes calm and well-being and urges clients to disconnect from their digital devices. Breathe in, breathe out, and contemplate the snowy landscape. For more suggestions for your next spa outing, visit our website.
For all tourism-related questions: [email protected] or call: 450 224-7007 | 1 800 561-6673.