Now that the semester is finally nearing its end, and snow is just around the corner, it's time to escape all the stress of the city and get some much needed down time. Maybe do a little shredding on the slopes, unwind in a hot tub, catch up with some friends. A few days to reconnect with nature is always good for the soul and we've found 5 sweet cottages that are ideal for a your next relaxing getaway close to Montreal
Located at the foot of the Mont Grand-Fonds ski resort in the Charlevoix area, the Totem Chalet features all-wood everything for that classic log cabin feel. Enjoy great mountain and forest views, cook up a storm in the gourmet kitchen, and chillax in the hot tub. With 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, the Totem Chalet comfortably sleeps 7, and with daily cleaning included, all you have to worry about is hitting the slopes at a decent hour.
Chalet River Lodge puts you minutes away from the Mont Tremlant resort while still giving you plenty of privacy. While the nearby hotel offers you access to its indoor and outdoor swimming pool, gym, and lounge, the chalet itself offers loads of great amenities. Play pool or foosball, have a soak in the outdoor hot tub, take advantage of the in-house movie theater with 12-foot screen, or take it easy by the 4-sided glass fireplace. The bathrooms feature jetted showers, heated floors, and even includes an infinity-edge bath tub.
Lake Fiddler Resort in the St-Sauveur/Morin-Heights offers multiple sweet chalets to get away from the city including the gorgeous Moose Trail Chalet. Spread over two floors, the main area is fully-equipped and spacious with a stocked kitchen, dining room and living room with stone fireplace. The cathedral-size windows offer spectacular views of nature and the lake and the mezzanine includes a pool table. Other amenities include a comfy den area with entertainment center and foosball table, and Moose Trail also features a private Scandinavian sauna and hot tub
Centrally located in the village of Petite-Rivière-St-François, Chalet Charlevoix is 5,000 sq. ft. and features multiple patios with a covered hot tub, perfect after a long day of skiing at Le Massif nearby. If shredding isn't really your thing, why not rent some snowmobiles for the day and explore the area, or kick back by one of two inviting fireplaces, play some pool, and unwind in the sauna.
Located off a quiet residential road in Baie-St-Paul and secluded behind large trees, this two floor chalet features rustic wood beams and wood finish, with plenty of space for you and your friends. Enjoy the stunning views from the second floor living room, cook up a storm in the fully-equipped kitchen and BBQ, or curl up by the fireplace. There's also a nice big outdoor Jacuzzi to enjoy in total privacy.
Club Med, the world-famous resort and experiences company, is opening its first-ever Canadian location in Quebec's Charlevoix region. Officials attended a launch event on Monday.
After the inauguration of the new ski resort, Premier François Legault, of course, took to Instagram to boast about how proud he is about it.
"Club Med will be a new luxury showcase for Quebec," the premier wrote. "It will be an important economic engine for the region that will generate spin-offs and lucrative jobs for the entire tourism industry in Charlevoix."
Club Med Charlevoix defines itself as "a waterfront mountain experience to discover Quebec’s natural wonders during all seasons." The resort, officially opening on December 3, is already taking reservations.
Perched in the mountains overlooking the St. Lawrence River, the resort has three restaurants, two chic bars and 302 rooms.
In addition to skiing and snowboarding, Club Med will offer snowshoeing, skating, hiking and even circus classes. Guests can book a spot at the resort's ski and snowboard school to improve their slope skills.
There will also be a 23-metre heated pool — described as "the biggest pool at a Club Med mountain resort" — with a view of the river.
Guests can book individual dates or choose from a variety of resort packages.
Club Med Charlevoix was made possible thanks to a $120-million dollar investment, according to Legault. The Quebec government footed $28.3 million of that investment. The federal government also pitched in a cool $9.9 million.
"Quebec is beautiful, it's huge, and we are welcoming!" the premier concluded.
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Cold winters in Montreal are inevitable but dry winter skin is not. By changing your skincare regimen and using the right products, you can keep your skin looking soft and smooth all season long.
Shoppers Drug Mart is full of effective and inexpensive products that can keep your skin hydrated and moisturized to the max. There are over 400 beauty brands to choose from to help you build a routine that suits your specific needs. From Cerave to La Roche Posay, Olay, Bioderma, Versed, and so many more!
The great thing about shopping there is that you can use your PC Optimum™ card to score tons of points that you can put towards your next purchase. You can redeem $10 for every 10,000 points you earn.
Let's say your biggest skincare concern is redness caused by rosacea or eczema. At Shoppers Drug Mart, you can find gentle, non-irritating products that won't break the bank, like this UriageRoséliane Anti-redness Cream for $28.
If you're still suffering from acne through the winter, the Cocokind Turmeric Tonic Spot Treatment for $14.99 is a good product to have in your beauty cabinet. It's a leave-on spot treatment that can help zap zits overnight.
Besides drinking water and investing in a humidifier (which you can also find at Shoppers Drug Mart), there are other ways to keep your skin hydrated and protected against the cold.
If you notice your skin's complexion is dull and lacking radiance, you can apply a few drops of Indeed Laboratories Vitamin C Brightening Drops after cleansing and before moisturizing. It costs $19.99 and you can earn 285 PC Optimum™ points with your order.
You can also try one of the newer brands at Shoppers Drug Mart called Florence Mills. The Mind Glowing Peel Off Mask for $29 will help you reset your skin after a long week, leaving you with a radiant complexion.
Some of us tend to get dry, flaky skin around our eyelids and under-eye area which is never cute. But there are a few effective ways of treating the condition after a quick trip to the drugstore.
You can buy a velvety rich cream like the Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream for $23.99. This one's loaded with smoothing algae extract, firming peptides and ethically-sourced mica so the sensitive skin around your eyes stays hydrated and younger-looking at the same time. We love a multi-tasker!
The CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser With Hyaluronic Acid is a massive fan-favourite and it's only $17.99. It's a non-foaming lotion that gently removes dirt and oil while keeping your skin super hydrated, especially during cold weather season.
With the holidays around the corner, everyone is super slammed with work and family and there's little time left for personal shopping. The Shoppers Drug Mart website makes it quick and easy to shop for products by concern, so you get what you need faster. Whether it's fine lines, redness, dark circles or dryness, you can filter through different concerns to find the product that's right for you.
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Women will lead five of Quebec's eight largest cities following the 2021 municipal elections.
The biggest headline of the night may have been Valérie Plante's triumph over old foe Denis Coderre in Montreal, but across the province, the faces of municipal politics have become more gender-balanced.
According to the latest counts and projections, France Bélisle (Gatineau), Catherine Fournier (Longueuil), Évelyne Beaudin (Sherbrooke) and Julie Dufour (Saguenay) are all also on their way to their respective (and figurative) city hall corner offices.
In Quebec City, it seemed for a while like Marie-Josée Savard would join them. Multiple outlets had even called the election for her until the vote count for her opponent surged into the evening. Bruno Marchand ultimately claimed victory.
Mayor Plante commented on the historic nature of her second mandate in her victory speech Sunday night.
"Four years ago, Montrealers elected the first woman mayor in the history of the City of Montreal," she said.
"Tonight, they told us again, 'yes, this mayor, we're going to continue to work with her, we trust her!'"
This year, for the first time, Montrealers will have two women leading the city, as Projet Montréal's Dominique Ollivier is set to take over as president of the Executive Committee.
The government is in the process of filling a Service Canada job bank and it's advertising salaries of between $61,152 and $65,887.
On an online recruitment page, the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) office says it needs to fill 45 benefits officer and program officer positions in Quebec and encourages qualified individuals to apply.
The only education requirement is a high school diploma.
While benefits officers review and process employment insurance applications, the government describes a wide range of duties for program officers, including coordination with local stakeholders regarding services from the ESDC.
Service Canada says it has EI processing centres and "program branches" in Montreal, Laval, Boucherville, Drummondville, Thetford Mines, Shawinigan, Quebec City and Saguenay, but that it may assign alternative workplaces to applicants who don't live in these areas.
In addition to a high school diploma, Service Canada is looking for applicants who have experience totalling six months "in delivering services or programs to the general public" or "interpreting and applying legislation or policies."
The language requirement is either French-only or French and English, depending on the position, according to the recruitment page.
Complete details about the positions available and the application process are online.