Your Québec AdventureWeek begins with your arrival in Montréal.
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Get ready for your adventure as you head out to the unique Lanaudière region to connect with nature and have a taste of what the forest has to offer. Meander on snowy paths, engage your senses and enjoy the magic of outdoor cooking and sampling delicious meals inspired by and sourced from your surroundings.
From there you will make your way to Auberge Lac-à-l’Eau-Claire, in Saint-Alexis-des-Mont, where you can enjoy lunch and a typical winter activity, trout fishing on ice! Once caught, the guide will cook your fish directly on site for you to taste.
Then, it’s direction Sacacomie Hotel. Nestled in the heart of the forest and overlooking the majestic Lac Sacacomie, the hotel's imposing white pine log structure perfectly combines comfort and rustic charm.
You will finish your day with a carefully selected 4 course dinner showcasing Québec’s local flavours.
Living in a place where winter rules the seasons, you learn to savour everything it has to offer and you acquire a special knack for sharing the magic! You could say Québec invented winter – or at least reinvented it as a sparkling, snow-draped stage for locals and visitors alike to get their game on.
All day long, in small groups, you will be invited to try out different winter activities. From snowmobiling to dog sledding, there are a lot of good memories to be made!
After a day of activities, make sure to relax in the nordik GEOS SPA Sacacomie. And enjoy a 4 course dinner at the Sacacomie dining room.
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After you travel from Saint-Alexis-des-Monts to the heart of Québec City you will enjoy lunch in Old Québec. After a typical Québec lunch experience you may choose between the following 2 activities:
-A 2-hour guided walking tour of the city, followed by a discovery of the Winter Carnival sites and activities. The largest and oldest winter carnival in the world, the Quebec Winter Carnival is a must-see event that attracts thousands of visitors each year.
-Québec Ice Canoeing. Ice canoe is an experience you can only live in Quebec. No other region in the world offers a river this large and this dynamic in the winter, with giant slabs of ice waltzing on the surface of the majestic St. Lawrence with its currents.
As night falls, you will make your way to Wendake to experience First Nations' myths and
Live a magical experience in the heart of the Ekionkiestha' longhouse, gathered around a fire with an Aboriginal storyteller.
Enjoy a traditional dinner inspired by the First Nations in Wendake.
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Spend the morning at Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, host to one of the most beautiful glacial valleys in Québec, the spectacular Vallée de la Jacques-Cartier. The Jacques Cartier River, calm in some places and turbulent in others, has sliced a 550-metre-deep channel into the plateau. A coniferous forest dominates the high plateaus, and deciduous trees people the deep valleys. Here, nature is both inspiring and serene.
In the afternoon, travel to the enchanting Village Vacances Valcartier and discover the very special Hôtel de Glace, a stunning yet ephemeral work of art and architecture entirely built of snow and ice. Every winter, this unique hotel is completely redesigned and rebuilt, offering an unforgettable experience in the only hotel of its kind in North America.
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It’s now time to jump back on the bus, to head to the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region! Once you have arrived, experience the plenitude of Mont-Édouard. After your lunch on the site, you will have two choices of activities.
Introduction to backcountry skiing: A guide will acquaint you to alpine touring equipment, climbing techniques and glades skiing while discovering the Mont-Édouard off-piste sector. This activity is perfect for people with intermediate level of skiing or snowboarding.
Cross-country skiing: A network of four trails with a total length of 10 km awaits you. You will have the chance to enjoy the enchanting scenery and tranquility of the Mont-Édouard forest.
End the day in La Baie with dinner at Auberge des 21 with a view on the ice fishing village on the fjord.
Overnight at Imago Village.
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Explore the unique and magical Vallée des Fantômes. After a 45-minute Snowcat ride aboard the Fantôme-Express along the picturesque and panoramic Bras-des-Canots Road, you will be dropped at the foot of Vallée des Fantômes. You will already have noticed a radical change in the environment and snow cover, and this is just the beginning!
After putting on your skis or snowshoes, you will head out on a moderate-level 3-km trail with a vertical drop of 320 m, which leads to the summit of Pic Dubuc, the highest point in the area at 984 m. From there, the Monts-Valin massif stretches out as far as the eye can see to the north, the Piedmont Hills and the Saguenay Lowlands to the south, and the fjord and the town of Saguenay in the background. A breathtaking panorama!
After the day, a unique thermal experience will help you to relax. Their outdoor facilities are located along a natural river and included four hot pools, a natural cold pool with a waterfall, and steam room, a yurt with fireplace, various indoor and outdoor rest areas.
For dinner, enjoy a meal in the bistro yurt at the Bar-Bistro of Imago Village.
You are invited to participate in a marketplace at La Pulperie de Chicoutimi, which is so much more than a museum! This interactive and cultural tourism center is located in an exceptional historical site in the heart of the city of, within the old mill of la Compagnie de pulpe de Chicoutimi.
This is where AdventureWeek's marketplace will happen. You will meet sellers from different regions of Québec who will be there to present the best attractions of their respective regions.
After marketplace we will travel to Le Montagnais where we will check in for our final night, and celebrate the week.
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You will be transported to the Bagotville Airport and make your way home!