I don't know about you, but when I look around Quebec in the winter, it's hard to believe that in just six months' time it turns into summer. The province has some amazing ski spots, but what happens to those places during the hot months? Well, they turn into amazing Quebec hiking destinations.
That's what I love about getting to experience the four seasons. It's almost as if you've gone somewhere completely different, but you didn't even need to leave home.
It seems like one minute we're skating on the lake, the next minute we're swimming in it. Pretty cool if you ask me.
And it's a totally different culture, too. In the winter, all we can talk about is the Habs, and in the summer — well, we're still talking about the Habs...
When you think of Quebec in the winter, you probably think of ski hills. With some of the best slopes in the country, it's no surprise that we've become the poster child for winter fun.
But what happens to your favourite ski spots in the summer? Well, they become your new favourite hiking trail.
So, here's a list of our favourite ski hills to add to your summer hiking list.
Where: 4380, Chemin du Parc, Orford
With a range of trails and even more views, Mont Orford is the perfect spot for athletes, families or those just looking to getaway. And, yes — dogs can come along for the ride!
Parc National du Mont-Saint-Bruno
Where: 330, rang des 25 E., Saint-Bruno
Home to Mont Saint-Bruno, this park is great all year-round. From skiing in the winter to apple-picking in the fall and, of course, hiking in the summer, this is the park that keeps on giving.
Where:2000, blvd. du Beau Pré, Beaupré
Offering stunning views of Quebec City and the St. Lawrence River, Mont Sainte-Anne is a definite go-to this season. Visitors can buy daily or season passes and kids under 6 can enter for free.
Where: 40, Chemin du Mont Owls Head, Mansonville
The wisest of skiers come back to Owl's Head to enjoy the gorgeous hikes in the summer. Each path leads to the summit and gives hikers the chance to take in not only incredible nature but views of Lake Memphremagog and Vermont.
Le Massif de Charlevoix
Where: 185, chemin du Massif, Petite-Rivière-Saint-François
You can explore over 20 km of outdoor adventure at Le Massif. Located in the Laurentian Mountains at the northeast corner of the St. Lawrence River, every trail is one step closer to more and more to discover.
Where: 1000, chemin des Voyageurs, Mont-Tremblant
Arguably one of the most popular resorts in North America, Mont-Tremblant helps put our beautiful province on the map. Visitors can choose from trails ranging from 1 to 11 km to explore some of the highest peaks in the Laurentians.
Lace-up those hiking boots and get out there!
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