Tucked among the Laurentian mountains deep in the Lanaudière region's village of Saint-Donat is a forest skating path that takes visitors on a short journey through a winter wonderland.

The 1.3-kilometre path through the Parc des Pionniers even lights up at night, according to the regional tourism website.

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Visitors will also find an outdoor fireplace and picnic tables, which Tourisme Lanaudière says have been set up to facilitate social distancing.

But the best part: the site is free to visit.

However, equipment rentals are not available for the 2020-2021 season.

There are other activities for skating skeptics in the Parc des Pionniers, too. 

The municipal tourism site indicates there are five cross-country ski trails plus a 3.3-kilometre trail for snow-shoeing.

For all activities, the park has published public health guidelines online

As of the time of writing, non-essential travel between regions is not recommended, according to the government.

Forest Skating Trail

Price: Free 

Address: 17, chemin Hector-Bilodeau, Saint-Donat, QC

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