5 reasons to sleep in a shelter at the Air-Eau-Bois outdoor centre
Ready-to-camp accommodation, which has been gaining popularity in Quebec over the last five years, strikes a happy balance between traditional tent camping and cottaging. For your next vacation, try a ready-to-camp stay at the Base de plein air Air-Eau-Bois outdoor centre in the Outaouais: you’ll enjoy a relaxing getaway with family or friends, disconnected from technology but not from comfort.
#1 : Last one in is a rotten egg!
Water access is a big draw at this Outaouais campground. The opportunity to swim in the clear water of Poisson Blanc Lake and practise water sports sets it apart from most ready-to-camp sites in Quebec. And why not try camping on an island after sleeping in a shelter?
My favourite thing: The private beach currently being developed. The shelters are built on high ground overlooking the lake, and below the shelters is the secluded beach where you can enjoy a private swim.
#2 : Lots of fun activities!
The 165-acre property is ideal for leisurely hikes that go on for hours. The adventure trail was the highlight of our stay: the whole family really enjoyed this path through the forest! The children felt like real explorers, running around in complete freedom. Hunting frogs in the stream kept the inquisitive ones (read: kids and dad) busy for hours.
You can also practise water sports such as canoeing and kayaking (included in the shelter fee), and athletic types can play soccer and volleyball.
My favourite thing: The mica mine in the heart of the forest. The ground is covered with shards of mica, giving you the impression of walking on a constellation of stars …
#3 : Camping + comfort and convenience
Ready-to-camp is ideal for families who want to go camping without having to purchase their own gear. In these four-season shelters, firewood, a propane barbecue, water and a wood stove are provided. Makes for a much lighter backpack!
As well, the showers and dry toilets are conveniently close by.
My favourite thing: The comfort of the shelters. The mattresses are comfortable, you can spend time on the equipped outdoor terrace without being eaten by mosquitoes, and the chairs around the fire invite you to kick back and relax.
#4 : To each their own!
There are several options available by reservation. If we’d been staying more than one night, we certainly would have taken advantage of the cafeteria meal service—maybe not for breakfast, but definitely for supper! We could also have tried archery, rock climbing and zip lining.
My favourite thing: The turnkey service that offers families a convenient, stress-free way to enjoy an outdoor experience.
#5 : Zen-like fulfilment
On the weekend, people showed up to rent boats and go island camping, but we were the only ones in the main campground. It’s a peaceful, quiet spot—except during summer camp season. If you want your kids to make new friends, reserve in July or August!
My favourite thing: The feeling of being alone in the world, perched on our clifftop with a stunning view of Poisson Blanc Lake.
Plan your stay in a shelter at the Base de plein air Air-Eau-Bois
Base de plein air Air-Eau-Bois, Denholm, Outaouais
All year round
Various family rates and packages are offered to escape the daily grind and reconnect with nature. Some packages are available only for regular camping.