Kenauk Nature: 5 must-try winter activites

Published on January 15 2021 - Sponsored

This winter, escape from the city for a stay at one of the largest private nature reserves in North America! As a couple or as a family, spend time at Kenauk Nature in the Outaouais for some great times outdoors and by the fire. 

Recharge your batteries thanks to the resorts five-star service, immaculate property and luxury chalets. All this, halfway between Montréal and Gatineau. Plan to stay at least two nights to unwind completely, and consider extending your stay for a few days to take full advantage of the available activities. Here are five must-try activities at Kenauk this winter!

We encourage you to consult and follow your local COVID-19 safety regulations and check with attractions before visiting.

1. Snowshoeing

If theres one activity that will warm you up, its snowshoeing! Snowshoes were formerly made of wood and sinew, but the modern versions are ultra-light, making getting around in the snow much easier and more enjoyable. Accessible to everyone, including children, this sport is ideal for getting out into nature. 

Explore the trails at your own pace. Century-old forest, lakes, beaver dams, observation towers and breathtaking lookouts: you wont regret going on this adventure! Youll likely encounter a few wild animals along the way, and dont forget to pause occasionally to listen to the birds singing. 

The Kenauk trail network is perfect for family hiking and seasoned sports enthusiasts alike. Equipment for adults or children can be rented on site. 

2. Cross-country skiing

Traverse the scenic landscapes of the immense reserve on cross-country skis! Ideal for families, cross-country skiing is one of the most accessible winter sports. The trails are laid out for classic skiing, but include a section for skate skiing on the beginner circuit. The proposed routes vary in length from 2 to 18kilometres and offer several levels of difficulty. Sure to delight skiers of all abilities! 

Did you know that the Canadian Ski Marathon, the longest and oldest cross-country ski event in North America, is held on the trails of the Kenauk Reserve? This makes Kenauk an ideal place to train or to stay during the event. 

3. Ice fishing

Winter fishing is an authentic Canadian experience! In the heart of the mountains, on the territorys countless frozen lakes, you can catch your own rainbow and speckled trout. Recognized as one of Quebecs most popular fishing spots, Kenauk offers an exceptional experience every time. A balanced supply of fish is ensured by qualified biologists. Whether youre a novice angler or an old hand, ice fishing is a unique adventure to enjoy with your family in a beautiful setting. 

4. Dogsledding

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind adventure with a wonderful pack of sled dogs! Glide through the pristine white landscape Nordic-style, as the coureurs des bois used to do. Accompanied by your enthusiastic guide, travel over snowy hills and along forest trails on a sled pulled by a team of Alaskan Husky dogs. Known for their endurance, strength and speed, the dogs are treated with the greatest care and their welfare is paramount. 

From a short trip to a multi-day excursion, theres a package to suit you. An original and traditional way to experience winter in Quebecs Laurentian forest! 

5. Clay shooting

Have you every tried clay shooting? Discover this family activity at Kenauk! Over a course that takes about two hours, you’ll simulate bird and small game hunting. Test your accuracy and concentration at nine stations with varying difficulty levels. Packages include expert guide services and all equipment (rifle, ammunition, vest, and eye and ear protection). For the ultimate experience, combine clay shooting, rifle shooting and axe throwing! 

The joys of winter in supreme comfort

The 65,000-acre Kenauk reserve invites you to experience winter at its best. The 22 luxury chalets and the yurt offer an intimate and private environment. Each one is located on the shore of a lake or river, and will delight you with its view of nature. Please note that for your safety, the chalets are completely disinfected between bookings; indoor areas are sprayed with the appropriate products, and the kitchen is cleaned using a vacuum/pressure system, so that you can put your mind at ease when you take possession of your chalet. 


Good food being an integral part of a successful vacation, the restaurant Beau Mont  Signé Toqué offers you a menu exclusive to Kenauk. Renowned chef NormandLaprise and his team carefully prepare your four- or five-course meals and your selection of privately imported wines. Your order is delivered directly to your chalet and will be placed in the fridge before you arrive, for a hassle-free stay. 

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