WHEN I was heading to Quebec to explore the winter wilderness, I had no idea what I was in for. I’m an active mountain biker and runner who loves getting outside and seeing the mountains, so I was excited for the opportunity, even as my tiny prop plane from Quebec to the Bagotville Airport bounced around through a burst of winter weather. What I didn’t expect was that Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean would totally make me fall in love with winter adventure — something I just don’t get back home.
211 kilometers north of Quebec in the rolling hills and wooded mountain speckled region of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean is a criss-cross of rivers and lakes with hundred-year-old mining cities and villages running along the edges that during the cold winter months prove to be an epic winter wonderland. With 38,112 square miles of diverse outdoor terrain, the negative temps weed out the uncommitted and leave wide open, less crowded extreme opportunities for those who want the best of what cold weather has to offer. From dog sledding to fat-biking, Saguenay is a hub of winter adventure and left me itching to try more experiences in its immense landscapes.
[Note: Kita was a guest of Tourism Quebec.]