Snowshoeing: The splendors of winter at your fingertips

Snowshoeing is without a doubt the winter activity that has gained the most popularity in recent years. It is by far the most accessible winter sport there is.

Here you are, comfortably installed in your splendid log cabin, admiring the Laurentian winter landscape. You have a burning urge to explore the surrounding territory. How about going outside to play? Especially since we have put snowshoes at your disposal.

Walking with snowshoes couldn’t be simpler…just put one foot in front of the other and get in motion!

Although snowshoeing is not considered a sport that requires great technique, there are still some basic rules to follow.

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If you’re walking on flat ground, you can amble as you normally would in boots, but with your feet a bit further apart to avoid trampling your snowshoes.

A rise is on the horizon? If you are lucky enough to be treading on soft, powdery snow, kicking the snow forward will sink in and create a “step” that will aid in upward propulsion. On the other hand, if you are facing an icy climb that seems slippery, then you have to rely on crampons. Where are these studs? Your snowshoes have sharp fangs under the toes and serrated points under the heels; they are used to “bite” the snow on steep and icy climbs. Nothing helps and you can’t climb? Then try to climb using the side climbing technique by pushing the snow with the side of the snowshoe, this will create a plateau that will facilitate your ascent. If you have sticks, your climbs will be greatly facilitated. Your descents too. Remember to place your poles in front of you so that they support you, then remember to pitch your heel first while keeping your weight back.

You are now ready to explore new territories! You will find that the offer is generous.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of places where you can enjoy the joys of winter by strolling along the trails located near the chalet where you have set up your base camp. But before you leave, why not plan your return? Après-ski has existed since the dawn of time. Here we have created the “after-rackets”. After a few hours on the snowy trails, nothing compares to recovery than a stay in your sauna and a dip in your hot tub. For the more lazy, sip a cup of steaming hot chocolate by the fireplace, how about it?

Enjoy the relaxing hot tub at our upscale chalet: La Nyctale

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Beattie Lake Nature Park (Gore)

A wonderful playground that extends over more than 300 hectares.

Trails

8.4 km

Level of difficulty

Intermediate

Price

$11.50

The little extra

Full moon evenings

(December 7; January 6, February 5; March 7, April 6)

Green Domain Park (Mirabel)

Forest park located in an urban environment whose vocation is the practice of the outdoors and respect for the environment. The activities offered at the park are aimed at families, students and businesses.

Trails

5.7 km

Level of difficulty

from easy to very difficult

Price

$17

The little extra

LUMINO evenings

(every Saturday from January 29 to February 26)

Rivière-du-Nord Regional Park (Saint-Jérôme)

An oasis of greenery (or whiteness) a stone’s throw from the Laurentian highway (15).

Trails

21 km

Level of difficulty

from easy to difficult

Price

$11.50

The little extra

More than a hundred species of birds have been listed in the Parc régional de la Rivière-du-Nord. Bring your binoculars!

Doncaster River Park (Saint-Adèle)

A haven of peace for snowshoeing along the tumultuous River Doncaster.

Trails

9.7 km

Level of difficulty

easy and intermediate

Price

$7

The little extra

Heated shelters to take a break.

Parc du Mont Loup-Garou (Saint-Adèle)

An outdoor paradise of 788 acres, the equivalent of no less than 595 football fields!

Trails

13 km

Level of difficulty

easy and intermediate

Price

voluntary contribution

The little extra

Contribute to the park’s mission by proudly wearing one of their cute tuques sold on the online store.

Val-David-Val-Morin Regional Park (Val-David)

The ideal playground for a contemplative hike or a sports getaway.

Trails

30 km

Level of difficulty

from easy to difficult

Price

$11

The little extra

Depending on weather conditions, walking with crampons is sometimes allowed on snowshoe trails.

Gai-Luron cross-country ski center (Saint-Jérôme)

A safe and landscaped environment that offers a variety of elevations.

Trails

19 km

Level of difficulty

intermediate

Price

$14 (weekend)

The little extra

Viewpoints and refuges.

Cross-country ski center La Randonnée (Brownsburg-Chatham)

Free cross-country skiing and snowshoeing is a rare commodity. Thank you to the municipal council of the Town of Brownsburg-Chatham.

Trails

13 km of snowshoe trails alongside cross-country ski trails.

Level of difficulty

easy and difficult

Price

free

The little extra

We repeat, it's free!

Morin-Heights Outdoor Network (Morin-Heights)

You are here in the national capital of cross-country skiing, but snowshoeing is not neglected!

Trails

23 km

Level of difficulty

easy, intermediate and difficult

Price

$10

The little extra

Once on site, you will have access to a multitude of interconnected trails. Hours of fun and discovery.

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