- Boardwalk trails in Quebec are in abundance, and it seems so few people take advantage of them.
- This is why MTL Blog made a list of some of the most ideal places to walk along a boardwalk, to share our favourite spots with our readers!
- Read below to find out where you can go on some of the nicest winter walks in our Belle Province below!
The true beauty of getting to experience the four seasons in our country is that we get to reexperience the same spots in different ways throughout the year. A perfect example of this is taking a walk on a boardwalk trail - especially in Quebec.
During the summer, boardwalks are filled with people walking along and moving in and out of the water beside them. During the spring, a boardwalk stroll usually involves getting to see many flowers blooming around us. In autumn, any walk we take along a boardwalk leaves us surrounded by fall foliage. And once winter hits, boardwalks make for a perfect walk through a snowy forest or next to a body of water that's probably turned into ice.
With this in mind, MTL Blog created a list of the ideal places to go for a romantic boardwalk adventure in Quebec during the winter.
It can be difficult to do more than just chill in your warm apartment when Quebec's cold climate is in full effect, but these places give the perfect reason to get up and go on a little road trip. One, to regain the connection to nature that you begin to lack during the winter months, and two, for exercise made fun thanks to the beautiful places you'll find yourself in.
Tadoussac is a municipality in the Côte-Nord of Quebec that has a population of only 800 people. So, as you can imagine, it's quite a calm place. Known for being one of the best spots in the province to whale watch, it also has some incredible hikes to try.
It may take six hours to get there but the drive has some of the most beautiful sights you can imagine, so you won't even notice the time pass by.
The path guides you right to the tip of where the Saguenay River meets the St. Lawrence River. So, if you're looking for an authentic Quebec experience, Islet Point in Tadoussac is your place.
Although its name says otherwise, the Pink Lake in Gatineau Park has some of the most beautiful turquoise coloured water you will have ever laid your eyes on. The lake is meromictic, meaning the top and the bottom part of the water never mix.
If you follow the pink lake trail, which is made by a wooden boardwalk that circles the lake itself, you'll be able to witness the beauty of this unique water yourself.
Gatineau Park is only ten minutes from Ottawa's downtown core, which means you can also visit Canada's capital while you may your way to Pink Lake. And the free parking basically leaves you with no choice but to take a quick road trip over to do some exploring!
Île Saint-Bernard is a little haven not far out from the city that very few know about. This means it's the perfect place to go if you're trying to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Its boardwalk allows you to walk right next to the water, which in the winter becomes ice that is typically thick enough to walk on.
Not to mention, there's tons of wildlife as roaming around here! People are always posting pictures with different bird species while here, so make sure you bring some seeds so you can get your own pictures.
This linear park lasts a total distance of 32 km, so you won’t be able to say there wasn’t anything thing to do. There are restaurants and places to sleep in close proximity, so you can turn your hiking adventure into a full weekend excursion!
While here, you do way more than just hike through the snow. You can also skate, snowshoe, cross-country ski, and slide down various mountains. Whatever you do here, you need to make sure you take a stroll over the boardwalk - it makes you feel like you're floating over the water.
And, one of the best parts, is that dogs are welcome! So, you’re sure to see some cute pups wearing their winter boots along the way.
This "promenade" was built in 2003 and has since been drawing people in from all over the province to come to take a walk along it.
The boardwalk sits right between the sea and the city and is over 4 km long - so you'll be getting a real workout if you walk all the way up and down it.
The drive to Rimouski takes about five hours from Montreal, and you get to pass Quebec City along the way! So, this road trip could be a two in one for you. And no need to worry if you don't drive because there are both trains and buses that go from Montreal to Rimouski.
Designed to be used by locals, tourists, and passengers, the Grand Quay of the Port of Montreal is one of the best spots to take a romantic winter walk with anyone whose company you enjoy.
During the summer, the quay becomes a spot for vendors to set up their tents and different events to take place. But during the winter months, it becomes a sirene spot to get away from the city and go on a snow-filled stroll.
From the quay, you also get a perfect view of Montreal and have the chance to see ships go by. So, it's safe to say that you won't run out of things to look at.
Îles de Boucherville is only a few kilometres from Montreal, making it an easy spot to hop in your car and make your way to. During the winter, many people will snowshoe or cross-country ski while here, which is a great idea if you're looking to get an extra workout in!
The best part of Îles de Boucherville has to be the boardwalk-type bridge that guides you through it. This wooden bridge is what romantic movie scenes are made of. While getting to explore one of Quebec's national parks, you'll get to come across this picturesque spot that you see in the photo above, where you can see snowy trees galore from.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.
Happy boardwalk trail exploring!