On the Rivière du Loup, or Wolf River, Le Baluchon delivers 89 rooms in a blend of inns and chalets on 1,000 acres that includes about 25 miles of cross-nation ski and snowshoe trails, a tubing run and an ice rink with supplied tools for broomball — a hockey-like activity played with brooms and without the need of skates. The sledders headed straight for the Nordic spa to steep in a series of hydrotherapy pools indoors and out.
Later that night, a full moon lit the riverside path to the inn’s restaurant — acclaimed for its menu making use of regional components in dishes like walleye with Quebec seaweed butter — and of waterfalls stilled by ice.
Agritourism on ice
One particular winter season, when Jean-Pierre Binette and Madeleine Courchesne, beekeepers in rural Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, about an hour north of Trois-Rivières, had 3 children less than the age of 9, they flooded a modest area of woods on their home. Excited by the frozen forest playground, their children invited their pals, who invited their mates. In 1997, the seasonal diversion turned a secondary business enterprise as Le Domaine de la Forêt Perdue, or the Shed Forest, opened to the general public, maintaining a sort of agritourism alive in wintertime (in summer, they offer you a higher-ropes course).
“We had been the to start with skating route in Quebec and now we are schooling people who are opening trails all around the province,” Thérèse Deslauriers, the handling director of the Forêt Perdue, reported, as she worked the rustic entry property that doubles as a retail shop for honey solutions.
Outside, outside of the skate rental tent, 15 kilometers — extra than nine miles — of iceways wove as a result of pine and hardwood forests dotted with farm pens occupied by goats, sheep, ducks, deer and much more unique animals, which include an ostrich. Future to the alpaca enclosure, a repurposed mobile phone booth dispensed handfuls of animal feed for a Canadian quarter.