Due north, a two-hour drive from Montreal finds you at Val Saint-Côme. Its 35 runs cater to all levels, with a ski and snowboard school for anklebiters and adults alike, as well as the Freestyle Excellence Centre for those interested in prepping to test their mettle in the two parks. A little less vertical, cross-country skiing trails provide a serene vantage point to quietly (until your quads scream in defiance) appreciate the rugged character of the Laurentian area. A number of off-site accommodations will spark the adventurous spirit—a yurt with a gas fireplace? When in New France.
For summer visitors, the area surrounding Val Saint-Côme is wrought with adventure. Water, a few snacks and two feet (or wheels) can take you to the heart of La Belle Province. A day, or several, spent in the wilderness will reveal the features between the peaks of the Precambrian rock that decided the lay of the land along this portion of the Canadian Shield 3 billion years ago. Spelunking isn’t out of the question. Saint-Côme and the neighbouring elevations also host mountain biking trails worthy of being dubbed stepping stones to preparing for exploration of the Rocky Mountain variety.