Snowshoeing, spelunking and ziplining at Arbraska Laflèche
How would you like to explore a cave and go ziplining and snowshoeing, all in half a day? Not far from Gatineau, Arbraska Laflèche offers this combination at a promotional rate. Whether you are with your family, on your own or with your partner, if you love the outdoors, you’ll love the Snowman Adventure experience.
Exploring a cave: 20,000 years of history to discover
Caves are rare features in Canada, which has fewer than 30, only a handful of them in Quebec. Very few are accessible; the Laflèche Cave, the largest visited cave on the Canadian Shield, is one of them. Discovered in 1878 by a trapper, this natural curiosity is worth the detour, whatever the season. In winter, you can admire impressive ice stalagmites and stalactites as well as hundreds of bats: 300 to 400 of them hibernate on the cave ceiling! It’s relatively warm up there, which is nice when the outside temperature drops to -20 degrees.
My partner and I visited this majestic cave on a beautiful icy day. It’s in this same cave that a speleologist known as Cave Man digs holes by hand in hopes of discovering new chambers. In ten years, he has dug longitudinal holes almost ten metres deep … with never a hint of a discovery. It takes a lot of patience, and you can’t be afraid of the dark. As he occasionally spends the night in the cave, he must be used to total darkness. We experienced that total darkness by turning off our headlamps: quite impressive!
We exited the cave through another opening. In summer there are several more passages, but they’re cl
In summer, dozens of zip lines criss-cross the air; in winter, there’s a single descent, 470 feet (145 metres) long. I’m not the bravest person in the world, but if the dozen little kids ahead of me can do it, so can I.
Armed with my gear and all my courage, I launch myself off the platform. What a feeling to be suspended in the air! The adrenaline rush gives me the energy to put on my snowshoes.
Nature rally on snowshoes
After all that excitement, we tackle the 10 km of trails through the forest. Tramping along on the snowshoes provided for the excursion, we concentrate on solving the clues of the treasure hunt. The playful and intellectual part of the day!
After these three and a half hours of exertion, our reward is a hot chocolate by a crackling fire. This half day of outdoor activities in the Outaouais is sure to appeal to the whole family!
Average duration of the activity: 3 hours
There are 4 daily departures for the Snowman Adventure: in English at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and in French at 10 a.m. and 12 noon.
Depending on demand, an extra departure may be added on weekends.
The sanitary precautions are duly respected. Face coverings are mandatory in the cave and when in proximity to other adventurers.
255, Route Principale , Val-des-Monts
Until March 28, 2021. Reservations required.
$49 for adults (age 14+) and $38 for children (age 5–13).
Minimum age for the Snowman Adventure is 5 years. For kids who meet the age requirement, everything depends on the little adventurers’ boldness, endurance and energy levels. You can also do each of the activities separately.
After such an active half-day, what could be nicer than relaxing with a home spa treatment?