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Mont Porphyre, Murdochville. Photo : Éric Marchand

Top 5 Activities in Gaspésie for winter enthusiasts

For winter enthusiasts who love a challenge, Gaspésie is the ideal playground to fully enjoy this winter! Top 5 thrilling must–try activities.

Wilderness skiing
Gaspésie is THE destination for wilderness skiing in Eastern North America. Recognized for its huge amount of powder snow, Gaspésie also offers vertical drops up to 550 m and slopes of up to 45 degrees. Be tempted by the corridors of virgin snow! With more than 10 ski areas, the experiences offered are varied. They range from mountain climbing trips with seal skins and winter camping to those combining guided excursions with comfortable accommodation in a 4-star hostel. More details in our articles on off-piste skiing independently or with lift.

Photo : Steve Deschênes

Cross-country skiing or snowshoe excursion with a stay in a shelter
If you want to outdo yourself and enjoy a few kilometers cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, know that in Gaspésie it is possible to leave for a trip of one night or more in a shelter. With a backpack, go on an adventure and access a shelter for the night, in the heart of the forest. Tranquility and immaculate snow guaranteed! This experience is offered by the Parc national de la Gaspésie.

Photo : SÉPAQ

An inn at the top of the mountains
Need a change of scenery? The Auberge de montagne des Chic-Chocs offers you a getaway for a few days! Located at the top of the mountains in the Réserve faunique des Chic-Chocs, this 4‑star inn offers you all the comfort you wished for, not to mention its famous gastronomy. With an exclusive territory of 60 km2 and experienced guides, you will be able to fully enjoy the Gaspesian winter.

Dog sled excursions with or without accommodation
Discover the Matapédia Valley by dog sled with Maxime Fournier, guide de plein air. Ride 100 km of trails specially designed for this activity! Different packages are offered, ranging from initiation with an hour of sleigh up to three days with accommodation in a camp, with or without meals. For its part, Aventure Pattes Blanches offers a half-day package. It includes a visit to the kennel, a brief driving training, participation in the team, and then an hour or so dog sledding on a beautiful 11 km trail overlooking the sea and passing at the foot of the windmills.

Photo : Mathieu Dupuis

Ice climbing
When conditions permit, high-level climbers can enjoy the ice climbing walls of the parc national de la Gaspésie. Spectacular and perilous, they require an access permit. To access these ice climbing walls, it is mandatory to hold an access permit and comply with certain conditions. The Camp de base Coin-du-Banc will be open this winter and will offer various outdoor and adventure packages with guides. On the program: ice climbing, but also fatbike, skiing and snowshoeing to discover Percé and the surrounding area. Added to this is a singular accommodation offer and a regional cuisine in a unique atmosphere of yesteryear. Finally, Gaspésie offers two ice climbing walls for experienced climbers only: La Gueule de requin at Mont-Saint-Pierre and Les Cavaliers du vent at L’Anse-Pleureuse. These two sites are developed by the local climbing club Les Grimpeurs de l’Est. Details on their Facebook Page.

Winter enthusiasts, it’s up to you to enjoy it fully. Start planning for your trip to Gaspésie at tourisme-gaspesie.com. #gaspesiehiver

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