There are definitely two ways to face winter in Quebec: endure it and stay indoors as often as possible, or attack it and enjoy all the winter activities we're lucky enough to enjoy in the province. Those who choose the second option have the chance to discover many wonderful things to do: magnificent hikes, perfect night slides, and even sublime winter festivals. In addition to these great choices, there's also our new find that will make you want to throw on your best coat and hit the road: a colourful skating trail near Montreal that winds through the woods.

Although the North Shore already offers beautiful musical skating rinks like the ones at the Laval Nature Centre and the Centropolis, perhaps nothing is as alluring as an illuminated forest skating path less than an hour from the metropolis.

The trail is in Mirabel, at the Bois de Belle-Rivière regional educational park.

Although the icy trail is open during the day, what catches our attention is definitely their concept of illuminated evenings in the woods, which take place on Fridays and Saturdays from 5:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

For the occasion, the skating rink is lit up with multicoloured lights for a memorable experience.

Since this is an icy nature trail and not a refrigerated circular skating rink, you must ensure that weather conditions are conducive to your visit before you head out.

For example, the path cannot be used during a snow or ice storm, or when the temperature is too high.

Consult the park's official website or Facebook page before travelling to avoid disappointment.

The cost of access to the rink is $7 for adults and $3 for children aged 6 to 16. However, Mirabel residents can benefit from free access if they have proof of residence.

It is important to note that you must bring your own equipment since there is no skate rental or sharpening service on-site.

Regional educational park Bois de Belle-Rivière

Cost: The rate is $7 for adults who are not residents of the City of Mirabel and $3 for children between the ages of 6 and 16. Free for Mirabel residents.

When: Illuminated skating evenings are Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., weather permitting.

Address: 9009 Arthur Sauvé, Mirabel, QC

Why you should go: For a unique nature experience without being too far from the metropolis.

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This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.


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