Sépaq is ready for winter!

QUÉBEC CITY, Dec. 14, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Sépaq establishments have switched to winter mode and are ready to welcome cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, winter hiking, and fatbike enthusiasts. The snowfall of the last few days has lit up the snow condition dashboard, on which we're seeing conditions favourable to winter activities.

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing
It's a go! Camp Mercier is already open and the national parks will open their ski and snowshoe trails on December 17. These seven Sépaq cross-country skiing centres were very popular last winter thanks to the great Family Experience, which aims to make Sépaq establishments more welcoming for families, in particular because they're free of charge for children, with equipment rental included in the mix.

In light of this first season, Sépaq noted the interest of families in cross-country skiing and snowshoeing and has added more offerings in that regard. For example, Mont-Mégantic, Mont-Orford, Mont-Saint-Bruno, Mont-Tremblant, and Oka national parks, as well as Camp Mercier in Réserve faunique des Laurentides, and Station touristique Duchesnay are now equipped to offer more boots, skis, poles, snowshoes, baby carriers, sleds, and other such gear.

Parents are invited to look out for the family seal which will indicate the ski and snowshoe trails best suited for our young clientele. Sépaq trails also offer many challenges for more athletic snowshoers. Camp Mercier has even set aside a 1,000 m peak especially for them!  Mont-Mégantic, Monts-Valin, and Jacques-Cartier national parks are among their favourite destinations.

Fatbikes are becoming increasingly popular. This winter they will be offered for rent at Jacques-Cartier, Îles-de-Boucherville, Oka, and Mont-Saint-Bruno national parks. This type of bike is well-adapted to the winter and generates enormous interest among teenagers and young adults alike.

When the season begins obviously depends on the snow. Conditions at the various establishments offering winter activities can be checked at sepaq.com and anyone interested can sign up to receive the snow conditions of their favourite destinations or download an app for their smartphone to have conditions at their fingertips at any time. Details at sepaq.com.

The Aquarium during winter
Aquarium du Québec doesn't need snow to offer a memorable experience! But seeing polar bears, walruses, seals, and arctic foxes in such a playful mood when snow falls certainly creates a cheerful and festive mood. And what more can we say about Festi Lumière, this outdoor circuit where everything is illuminated and sparkling and which never fails to amaze the kids? Every evening from December 26 to January 8, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday evenings from January 13 to February 25 at the same times.


Suggestions for evening activities






Parc national du Mont-Mégantic

Torch-lit snowshoeing

Saturdays, from January 21 to April 1 and March 1, 2, and 3

From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


 free of charge for children

Parc national des Grands-Jardins

Torch-lit snowshoeing

December 30, February 4 and 18, and March 4, 11 and 18, 2017

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


free of charge for children

Parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville

Experience the park in evening (torch-lit outing)

January 21 and 28
February 11 and 25
March 4

From 4 p.m.

to 8:30 p.m.


free of charge for children

Parc national  d'Oka

Les Nocturnes (friendly cross-country skiing competitions) topped off with a cheese fondue dinner

January 11 and 25 and February 22

Departure for adults at 6 p.m.

Departure for children at 6:45 p.m.



Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier

Tire-toi une bûche: Pull up a log

Snowshoeing followed by storytelling and beer and sausage tasting

Every Saturday from January 7 to March 11

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Adults only


Complete details at sepaq.com


SOURCE Société des établissements de plein air du Québec

For further information: Lucie Boulianne, Communications Officer, Sépaq, 418-686-4875, boulianne.lucie@sepaq.com


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