More Great Tips for a Big Winter Cleanse in Mauricie
La Mauricie National Park is an excellent destination to discover the great outdoors of Authentic Quebec and play outside, even in winter, on a protected territory of 536 km². Reinvented by snow, this forested landscape dotted with about 150 lakes becomes the favorite playground of winter hikers, who explore over 54 km of marked trails on snowshoes, as well as cross-country skiing enthusiasts, on a network totaling 80 km. The Rivière-à-la-Pêche service lodge is the starting point for both networks. It is also the perfect base camp to warm up and rent snowshoes and hiking equipment. What’s more, La Mauricie National Park offers a way to prolong the experience with its accommodations, including thirteen ready-to-camp oTENTik tents, not to mention, for the more adventurous, winter camping sites to pitch a tent right on the snow.
The Maison Cadorette, located near the Mauricie National Park and Shawinigan, is an ideal base for any winter outing in Mauricie. The inn’s five rooms are very charming! Each room is carefully decorated and allows you to live an experience linked to the history that shaped the village of Saint-Jean-des-Piles.
The Pourvoirie du Lac Blanc Outfitter also offers winter enthusiasts a front-row seat to the snow-covered nature of Authentic Quebec, right in the heart of the Mauricie region, near Saint-Alexis-des-Monts. A resort that is both family-friendly, eco-responsible and full of energy, the Pourvoirie du Lac Blanc Outfitter stands out for its exceptional range of outdoor activities. Snowmobile or dog sled rides, helicopter overflights, clay pigeon shooting, snowshoe hikes with a trapper, ice fishing with catch tasting, forest survival expeditions and workshops… there’s no room for boredom. For accommodations, guests will love the rustic charm of the restaurant, not to mention the house specialties where local trout naturally takes center stage, but also the very Québécois warmth of the accommodations, whether you stay in one of the spacious chalets on the estate or in a room at the main inn. Guaranteed pleasure and authenticity!
The Auberge du Lac-à-l’Eau-Claire seems to have found the perfect balance between the call of nature and the comfort of a cocoon. In the beautifully rolling forested landscape that surrounds Lac à l’Eau Claire, winter comes with gentle adventures, such as ice fishing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on 7 km of trails, or ice skating. You can also pick up speed on a snowmobile, from an initiation to a multi-day raid, on a dog sled ride, or even go tubing to break the silence of the snowy forest with big bursts of laughter. Still, you’ll have to manage to leave their cozy accommodation, be it a 4 or 5-bedroom chalet, a fully equipped condo, a room at the inn or in one of the two estate pavilions, if it’s not the restaurant or the health club, with its large swimming pool, that are holding you back.
Le Presbytère Microbrewery is one of those places where you can savor Authentic Quebec and the creativity of its artisans. The old presbytery of Saint-Stanislas-de-Champlain not only houses a craft brewery producing 14 excellent beers but also the kitchens of Chef Isabelle Dupuis, who works with local and forest products. Feast your taste buds in a most convivial atmosphere!