January 12 to 18: 3 snowshoe trails to discover
Snowshoeing season in the Outaouais region is well underway. Which trails have you tried? Probably the best-known ones! This week, to help you broaden your horizons and explore more of our beautiful region in winter, we’re suggesting three snowshoe trails you may not have heard about.
La Coulée sugar shack
In the Outaouais region, sugar shacks aren’t open only in the spring. At the La Coulée sugar shack in Déléage, in the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau, you can snowshoe all winter. As a family, explore 10 km of marked and groomed trails in the middle of one of the largest white-tailed deer reserves in Quebec. When it’s time for a break, warm up in the main building (where you can also rent snowshoes).
Dumoine Valley Guides
Located on the island of Rapides-des-Joachims in Pontiac County, Dumoine Valley Guides is a great destination for a day trip or overnight stay in the Outaouais region. The lodge offers several outdoor activities, including 18 km of marked snowshoe trails (free access) for novice and intermediate snowshoers. After a day on the trails, you can stay overnight in a cosy on-site cottage.
Iroquois National Trail
The 9.2‑km‑long Iroquois National Trail, located in Duhamel in the Petite-Nation La Lièvre, is rich with the history of the lumber industry. As you walk along the bank of Iroquois Creek, a former transport route for logs, you’ll come to a small waterfall, then a large 30‑metre cascade. Cross the little wooden bridges and continue along the trail to Lac de la Ferme (Farm Lake.) Parking and trail access are free, and you can rent snowshoes at the Carrefour duhamellois on Principale Street.
For more ideas and suggestions for things to do in the Outaouais region, visit www.outaouaistourism.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube under the hashtag #outaouaisfun!
PHOTO: Steve Deschênes, SEPAQ