January 19 to 25: Family visits to a winter wonderland of wildlife
It may be chilly, but out in the woods of the Outaouais region, the wild animals are active all winter long. Here are three suggestions for memorable family outings to observe the local fauna in their natural habitat.
Parc Oméga and its many hiking trails
Parc Oméga invites you to get up close to the animals with three winter outdoor activities you’re sure to love. Explore the First Nations Trail, where you can learn about the ten First Nations of Quebec and feed the deer along the way; hike to the elevated lookout and observe wolves and bears in their natural environment; and go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing through the woods among the white-tailed deer.
Les Diableries du chevreuil in Duhamel
On January 24 and 25, the municipality of Duhamel invites you to its annual winter celebration, Les Diableries du chevreuil (which translates as “deer mischief”!). There’s fun for the whole family, including a snowshoe expedition among the deer followed by a storytelling session around the bonfire. You’ll be especially popular with the deer if you remember to bring along some carrots or apples for them to munch on!
At the Contacts Nature interpretation centre and sanctuary for orphaned wildlife, you can meet the centre’s furred and feathered residents and fill up on fresh air along the cross-country ski and snowshoe trails. Take a trailside break in the teepee or the quinzee (snow shelter)!