4 unusual activities to try this winter

Published on February 16 2018

Because winter is made for fun, and because here in the Outaouais we really know how to have a good time, here are five unusual activities to try this winter in the Outaouais.

1. Drive a Land Rover

Up for a little adventure? For an unforgettable ride, visit the Land Rover Experience Driving School (the only one in Canada) at the Fairmont Le Château Montebello. At the wheel of a Land Rover, explore 65,000 acres of unspoiled nature in the Kenauk Nature private reserve next to the hotel, and test your off-road driving skills on climbs, descents, rocks, snow and mud!

Bianca tried it and heartily recommends it!

Where

Fairmont Le Château Montebello

When

7 days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost

From $250

2. Hok ski in the heart of nature

If you enjoy snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, you’ll love Hok skiing (also called skishoeing), which combines the best of both. This hybrid sport is a great way to explore the winter landscape, because you can venture off trail as well as slide down hills.

Try it out at the Air-Eau-Bois outdoor sports base, where you can rent Hok skis and even go on a guided ski tour.

Where

Air-Eau-Bois outdoor sports base

When

All winter

Cost

Half day: Adult $21 | Child $14 | Family $50

3. Skate through the forest

Lace up your skates and discover a winter wonderland in the heart of the forest. Glide along the 3‑km ice trail at Skating Through the Forest “In the Heart of Lac-des-Loups,” located just 45 minutes from Gatineau. Rated one of Canada’s top 5 skating spots by Explore Canada, it’s a destination the whole family will enjoy!

Where

9 Montée Beausoleil, Lac-des-Loups

When

All winter (weather permitting), Sunday–Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost

Adult $13 | Age 6–17 $9 | Age 5 and under free | Family $38

Good to know

Check the ice conditions on their website before you go.

4. Visit the largest natural underground cave in the Canadian Shield

This winter, visit Arbraska Laflèche and discover the ice stalactites and stalagmites in the largest visited underground cave in the Canadian Shield. Explore its narrow passageways and its 13,000-year-old geological formations, and meet the tenants: little brown bats that hibernate in groups, hanging from the ceiling. For a really intense experience, you can camp overnight in this amazing space. An unforgettable activity!

Where

Parc Arbraska Laflèche

When

January through March

Cost

From $22 per person; family rate available

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