Your next family getaway, just an hour from Montreal!

Published on December 20 2019 - Sponsored

Do you sometimes feel that your life is going 100 km/h and a little break from the daily hustle and bustle would do you a world of good? There’s nothing like getting away for a weekend to disconnect from your routine and stock up on memories! For your next family getaway, head for Montebello, that charming village an hour from Montreal, and the surrounding area.

Begin your stay at Kenauk Nature.

Get back to nature

Begin your stay at Kenauk Nature, where you’ll find the ideal combination of wilderness and comfort. On your first day, get everyone, adults and kids alike, outside to play! The resort offers several activities, including hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. If you want to get out of your comfort zone or try a new experience, you can go ice climbing, ice fishing or dog sledding!

Once the kids are all tuckered out from their active day, retire to the comfort of one of Kenauk Nature’s 5-star chalets overlooking a private lake. But before you turn in for the night, float your worries away in the new floating sauna!

Bonus: Your stay at Kenauk Nature includes access to the sports facilities at the Fairmont Le Château Montebello. Indoor swimming pool or curling, anyone?

 

Spend the day at Omega Park.

Admire nature like never before

After a restful night, drive to Parc Oméga to make the most of what this unique wildlife park has to offer.

Start your day with a snowshoe excursion along the First Nations Trail among the white-tailed deer. Don’t forget to bring along a bag of carrots!

Next stop, the Lumberjack Camp to warm up by the wood fire and enjoy a family picnic. If you haven’t brought a picnic, you can stock up at the snack bar at the park entrance. 😉

Once you’re rested and refuelled, kick off the afternoon with a horse-drawn sleigh ride, then hop into the comfort (and warmth) of your vehicle to drive the 15-km route through the park and observe several species of native Canadian wildlife in their natural habitat. Seeing these animals roaming free in the white snow, wearing their beautiful winter coats, will definitely be a high point for the whole family!

 

Try the wood-fired pizza at Bistro Montebello.

Time for family supper

After your day in the heart of nature, it’s time to find a table at one of the region’s restaurants!

Only five minutes from Parc Oméga is the Bistro Montebello, a local institution since 1994. This welcoming, casual restaurant offers a varied menu of pub-style cuisine made with local ingredients.

There’s no better spot to review the day’s activities than over a good meal. Insider tip: Be sure to try the wood-fired pizza. No wonder it’s been one of their most popular dishes for many years! 😉

 

Spend the night in an unconventional setting.

Spend a night among the wolves

After supper, go back to Parc Oméga to spend the night in an unconventional setting: the wolf cabin, the only accommodation of its kind in Quebec. Panoramic bay windows offer unrestricted views of the wolf pack and cubs. Get to know the pack from the comfort of your cozy contemporary room, and leave with precious memories of a night you’ll never forget. The kids are sure to talk about it for a loooooong time!

 

End your visit on a high note at the Parc des Montagnes Noires de Ripon.

The grand finale

Your night among the wolves is over, and you’d like to keep the fun going a little longer before you go back to reality? End your visit on a high note at the Parc des Montagnes Noires de Ripon.

Besides hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, you can go fatbiking, snow tube sliding or tobogganing. There’s also a geocaching route of 10 geocaches hidden throughout the park. Find them using your GPS device or smartphone!

Finish your expedition at the lookout at the summit of Mont Grand-Pic, 426 metres above sea level, to admire panoramic views of the Petite Nation region. Don’t forget your thermos of hot chocolate, and your camera to capture the moment!

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