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Winter in Quebec’s Stunning Parc national d’Aiguebelle: A Photo Essay

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Walking in a winter wonderland: Join me on an adventurous overnight snowshoe trip into Quebec’s Parc national d’Aiguebelle.

In This Quebec Photo Essay You Will Discover:

  • Snowbound Wonders in Abitibi-Temiscamingue
  • The Vastness of Parc national d’Aiguebelle
  • Cozy Cabins in the Wilderness
  • And More!

I love Quebec in wintertime. And so do Quebeckers—they do the season right. Blessed with vast expanses of wilderness, thick dumps of the white-stuff and locals with the wherewithal to take it on with joie de vivre, La Belle Province is the place to go for cold-weather fun.

On my third trip to Quebec, I spent five days exploring the Abitibi-Temiscamingue (western) region. Sparsely populated, extremely Francophone and very welcoming, it is an outdoors-lovers delight. The highlight was an overnight trek into Parc national d’Aiguebelle. I teamed up with an adventurers trio of locals (shout out to France, Mario and Diane!) to tromp to a remote cabin, dine on fondue, then spend the next day on an epic, 13-km ‘shoe through canyons and forests and atop frozen lakes. I loved every minute—even the final sweaty push to the parking lot where we were too tired for smalltalk and just stomped forward in unison like people possessed. (Or at least I did.)

I’m working on an article for the Winter 2016 issue of explore magazine. But that’s a while to wait—and I want to share now. So, I’ve posted a selection of photos from my two days in the park. I’ve purposely left off captions—scroll down and simply let your mind wander through the snowy environs of Aiguebelle.

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About the author: David Webb is a Vancouver, BC-based travel writer, photographer and magazine editor.

1 comment… add one
  • Oleksandra Budna Nov 9, 2017

    Hi,
    The pictures look gorgeous. We are considering going to Parc national d’Aiguebelle for New Year’s. I have a couple of questions. Do you remember which cabin you stayed at and how many people can it accommodate? How were the driving conditions? We are coming all the way from Toronto so I am a bit concerned about getting stuck on snowy roads. Thank you.

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