Winter, you either love it or hate it. From freezing rain, blowing snow, below zero temperatures, and seemingly endless mornings spent shoveling, living under a white blanket for half of the year is the reality here in Quebec. While we may be slowly gearing towards the end and the hope of spring being just around the corner, I wanted to end the season off by sharing with you, some of my favorite hiking spots in the Eastern Townships. Luckily for us , the winter season is one of the best times to get out and explore the many hiking trails this province has to offer. Though it may be harder on your legs to trudge through the snow and ice, there are also many advantages to winter hikes, like less crowds, less sweat, less bugs, and more stunning winter wonderland views. So bundle up, slap your crampons on, and get out to discover the frozen lakes hidden among white mountains and the snow caked pine tree trails that are waiting to be explored.
Also known as the ‘witch city’, Salem is notorious for being one of the most haunted cities in the United States. Found along the coast of Massachusetts, Salem has long been associated with it’s dark past involving the witch trials, which might just be the reason why this city is so full of paranormal activity. Having started as a peaceful little town, Salem quickly became infamous in 1692 when the witch hysteria swept through the city. Over 200 people were accused of participating in witchcraft and 20 innocent people were executed, including the first ‘witch’ Bridget Bishop as well as the only male victim known as Giles Corey. With a past as dark and macabre as Salem’s, it comes as no surprise that the city is filled with hot spots for paranormal activity and ghostly encounters, waiting to be explored.
From the majestic mountains and turquoise lakes in Alberta and the sailboats and lighthouses in the Maritimes to the vast, open landscapes in the Northwest Territories and everything else in between, Canada is a diverse country, to say the least. Founded in 1867, the country is made up of ten provinces as well as three territories, each with their own unique landscapes, traditions, and aspects. Canada first became recognized as a country on the 1st of July over 200 years ago and ever since then, this day has been known as Canada Day, a national day created to celebrate the birth of our amazing country. While there are many beautiful and interesting places to visit in Canada, there are also some downright strange and unique places waiting to be explored. In commemoration of the upcoming holiday, I’ve put together this list of places found throughout Canada that are worth putting on your bucket list, not because of their stunning views or abundance of activities, but because of how outrageous and hilarious the town names are. From being named after a dangerous and cancerous chemical to sharing their name with a popular hamburger condiment, these are the Canadian cities and towns with the strangest names in the country.
Tucked away into a little corner of the Eastern Townships, is the Verger Champetre. Owned and operated by married couple Thèrese and Mario, the site consists of over 200 acres of farmland as well as multiple different orchards and gardens for visitors to explore. It is also one of the only places in Quebec that offers visitors the chance to walk with either a miniature horse or an alpaca along an interpretive trail. Along with that experience, there is an abundance of different activities to partake in and things to see, making the Verger Champetre the perfect nature lovers’ paradise.
Imagine working on something special for over a month and half along with 50 other people, building in some of the coldest temperatures with some of the coldest materials possible, only to tear it all down 3 months later. All of your hard work and long hours put into this project, gone in a matter of minutes. This is the reality of the workers assigned to build Quebec’s famous ice hotel each year.
Quebec, Canada, the land of maple syrup, poutine, and a whole lot of snow. Not only is Quebec the home of all of these wonderful things, it’s also my home. I’ve lived here my entire life and never really thought much about this province until I started getting into travel. For the longest time, I’ve always thought that to travel meant to leave your province or your country to explore different parts of the world. While this is true and something that I want to do, I’ve also realized that where I live is actually quite beautiful and diverse and a place that has much more things to see and places to explore than I ever imagined. While we’re already three weeks into the new year, I decided to throw together a list of places in Quebec that are worth putting on your bucket list as well as places that I’ve put high up on my list to visit.
Nestled in the Laurentian mountains and only an hour drive North of Montreal, lies Mont Tremblant. Tremblant is a much loved destination among tourists coming to Quebec and is a great place to visit for both skiers as well as nature lovers and hikers, with both the Mont Tremblant ski resort and the Mont Tremblant National Park, being in the top places to go when visiting the town. One of the most iconic things about Mont Tremblant though isn’t the great ski trails or the abundance of hiking trails, it’s the pedestrian village found at the base of the towering Tremblant mountain. This village, with it’s brightly colored rooftops that can be seen from miles away, is only accessible to pedestrians and though it was built around the ski resort, it is the perfect place to visit no matter the season. The pedestrian village is also the ideal place to stay for first time visitors to Mont Tremblant as the village has everything you may need from hotels and restaurants to adorable little shops and a plethora of activities to partake in. So for a weekend away in one of the cutest places in Quebec, here are some of the best things to do and place to see in Mont Tremblant.