Out Here | WinterWild Road Trip | Adventure Travel Canada in Winter

WinterWild - Adventure Canada

Overview

Enjoy yourself on a wild Canadian adventure winter trip. Discover Ontario & Quebec while they are blanketed by snow and ice. We will explore Northern Ontario / Algonquin Park, Ottawa, Quebec City, Montreal and Cote Nord for some great winter sports and exploration.

There are  activity options from skiing/boarding, snowmobiling, dogsledding, snow shoeing, tobogganing, saunas and tubs, skate trails, hockey and lots more.

 

Did we mention there is a huge 7.4KM toboggan course downMont Liguori with tight turns and epic views. Well now you know!

You'll get to visit the memorable ice hotel and a few other nifty spots.

We plan our winter trips around unique and fun winter festivals. They include IglooFest (the coldest outdoor music festival) and the Winter Carnival in Quebec City.

Take off on this 11 night, 12 day adventure for:

Trip Pass: $1225 + HST CAD
Accommodations: $470 + HST CAD
Local Fees: $20 + HST CAD
Total Price including all taxes and fees is: $1938 CAD

HST is our sales tax (13%). It is similar to VATs. CAD is the Canadian currency.

Locations

Note: The order of Ottawa, Le Massif, Quebec City and Montreal varies by trip to optimize for the overall experience.

Toronto (Start/Departure)

North Ontario / Algonquin Park

Ottawa

Le Massif / Charlevoix

Quebec City

Montreal

Toronto (End)

SUIT UP - SNOWY DEPARTURES

All the trips will blow your snow-pants off - but there are a few notable optional things about each of our departures. 

Trip #1: January 14th (Tue) to January 25th (Sat)

  • 2 potential nights at IglooFest

  • NHL game in Ottawa

Trip #2: January 30th (Thurs) to February 10th (Mon)

  • 1 potential night at IglooFest

  • Winterlude opening day/evening

  • NHL game in Montreal

We meet in Toronto and venture north to the scenic and rugged Algonquin Park and Arrowhead park. It’s filled with maple hills, rocky ridges, and thousands of lakes - that just might be blanketed in snow and frozen over. We will stop for lunch along the drive and a few nifty spots. There will be options to go skating at a skate trail, snowshoeing / hiking, tubing down a ski hill or x-country skiing..  Winter outdoor campfires are fantastic and your driver-guide will help set one up with you, perhaps with a taste of maple whiskey to keep you warm.

  • Skate trails

  • Snow tubing

  • Snowshoeing

  • X-country skiing

  • Evening bonfires and star gazing

  • Some general reconnecting with nature

Sleep: Rustic lodge or Chalet in northern Ontario near Algonquin park.

Algonquin Park / North Ontario (2 nights)

We'll get the opportunity to explore Ottawa, the capital, where friendly Gatineau, Quebec, is just a short jaunt across the bridge. You'll have the opportunity to explore the city from parliament to some of Canada's best museums.  And if the weather is right, ice skate along the largest outdoor rink, 7.8 KM long . - the Rideau Canal.  There is plenty to keep you busy. If the trip overlaps Winterlude (mid Feb) you can experience local festivities, performance artists.

  • Visit Parliament Hill, and an array of world-renowned museums

  • Skate along the largest ice rink in the world - the Rideau Canal

  • Relax in the Nordik Spa's saunas and hot tubs for a wintery afternoon

Sleep: HI Jail Hostel or Ottawa Backpackers Inn

Ottawa, Ontario (2 nights)

Next up, a winter adventure wonderland along the mighty St Lawrence River (or "Fleuve" in french). With the highest vertical drop east of the rockies, reasonable lift pass fees, and the feeling that you will ski/board right into the massive river, Le Massif is one of our favourite spots.

 

You can also get up to an epic 7.5KM sledding run down Mont Liguori with tight turns and epic views. Aren't into skiing, or just a beginner, don't worry you can go on easier trails, simply explore the winter wonderland by foot or hang out in quaint Baie-Saint-Paul.

  • Skiing / Snowboarding down Le Massif the highest vertical drop east of the rockies

  • Nordic Spa

  • Sledding down Mont Liguori, a 7.5KM track

  • Dogsledding

  • Snowshoeing

  • Cross country skiing

Sleep: Auberge des Balcons or Chalet Rental

Le Massif / Charlevoix (3 nights)

Next stop Quebec City, where you can explore the narrow, cobbled streets of the old fortified city. Check out the Citadel, the Plains of Abraham and many more historical sites, or enjoy our stops to the majestic Montmorency Falls, Canyon Sainte-Anne. For eats, you'll discover amazing poutine alongside other Quebec specialities (lumberjack brunch anyone!), The evening boîte de chansons for some local live music are a must do. During the mid-feb trip we will be there during winter carnival and you can enjoy the festivities and ice sculptures. 

  • Explore the beautiful fortified city of Quebec

  • Rock climb up close to the massive Canyon Sainte-Anne Waterfalls - yes in wintertime!

  • Visit Montmorency Falls

  • Eat a generous portion of poutine and be entertained at a boîte de chanson

  • Relax in the Nordik Spa's saunas and hot tubs for a wintery afternoon

Sleep: Auberge International Quebec City (HI)

Quebec City, Quebec (2 nights)

Festivals, nightlife, karaoke Bars, montreal smoked meat & bagels and lots more.  This place is just awesome. Check out Rue St Denis (The Latin Quarter and Village), Basque in Old Montreal, visit the Basilique Notre Dame. Enjoy all that the city has to offer, but in its own distinct Quebecois way. You’ll get by with English in most spots, but trying knowing a few french phrases is appreciated. If the trip overlaps igloofest (end of jan to early feb) you can enjoy the coldest music festival in the world in the beautiful old port of Montreal. 

  • Explore the many unique neighbourhoods from Old Montreal, Saint Laurent and beyond

  • Grab a classic bite - from a Montreal bagel to a smoked meat sandwhich

  • Hike up Mount Royal for a snow covered view of the entire city

  • Visit La Fontaine Park and the Biosphere

Sleep: HI Montreal or SameSun Montreal

Montreal, Quebec (2 nights)

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