The lakefront hideaway of Chateau Beauvallon in Quebec, Canada is blessed with opportunities for outdoor adventures in every season. During warmer months guests enjoy activities including bicycling, water skiing, wind surfing and fly fishing, but the action truly gets going when the snow flies.
From the thrill of dog sled ride to the adrenaline rush of ice climbing, this winter wonderland located just 90 miles from Montreal is an affordable getaway – room rates start at around $105 per night – for those wanting to experience a variety of snow sports.
The hotel is situated in a gorgeous natural setting on a lakefront and offers excellent amenities. Each multi-room guest suite has rich wood paneling and a fireplace with granite hearth, comfy king-sized beds with Egyptian cotton linens, and the luxury of heated stone floors in the bath. Guest quarters are equipped with either full or efficiency kitchens, and have wireless internet access and high-definition televisions.
Chateau Beauvallon has a heated indoor pool and fitness center, an outdoor pool and whirlpool, a putting green and even in-room spa services for those with tired muscles who crave a therapeutic massage following a long day on the snow.
From December through April, guests can experience the thrill of dog sled team in the Laurentian wilderness. You can choose to ride as a passenger over the mountain trails, drive your own sled across a snow covered field or take a guided trip deep into the forest. Perhaps you’ll prefer to visit a real cowboy ranch and take a gallop through deep fresh powder. All levels of riders can enjoy winter horseback riding.
Nearby Tremblant ski resort offers 628 acres of skiable terrain: 94 runs with skiing and snowboarding on four faces. There are 17 runs for novices, 31 rated for intermediate skiers and boarders, and miles of expert terrain.
Families and nature lovers can take a guided snowshoe hike into the mountains, checking out deer and wildlife in their natural habitat. Those wanting a more strenuous challenge can opt for the hike across some of Tremblant’s highest peaks.
Maybe your thrill will come from Acrobranche, an aerial adventure on a zip line strung up to 75 feet above ground. The nighttime ride, complete with headlamps, is exhilarating.
Test your daring and skill climbing a frozen cliff face under the expert supervision of a qualified instructor. Before you head up, you’ll be instructed in ice-climbing basics and learn the techniques and safety protocols of belaying. No experience is necessary for this adventure that’s available until mid-April.
Milder but fun adventures include sleigh rides through the nearby forests and helicopter tours that are available all year. After a day of outdoor fun, unwind in the Scandinavian baths. Try the Finnish and Norwegian baths, the outdoor hot tubs, or Nordic and thermal waterfalls for a relaxing way to unwind.
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