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.