Skate through this enchanted forest in Quebec all winter

Dec 9 2020, 9:35 pm

There’s no better way to stick it to winter and show off your Canadian pride like skating. And even though this winter is going to be different due to the ongoing pandemic, this enchanting forest in Quebec is still going to be open for people who need a skate.

Domaine Enchanteur, in the Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel district — a two-hour drive from the island of Montreal — offers guests 15 km of beautifully maintained ice that winds its way through the pine forest’s wintery landscape.

According to the website, the ‘Domaine de la forêt perdue’ is “well protected from the winter cold” and provides guests with an interconnected maze of paths and routes to skate along while taking in spectacular sights of northern Quebec’s snowy countryside.

Though the opening date for the 2020-2021 season hasn’t be finalized, Domaine Enchanteur says their teams have “worked extremely hard” over the past few weeks to ensure guests a safe time while complying with the government’s guidelines.

Online reservations will be required to use the skateway, and the use of the shelters will be strictly for tying skates and using the restrooms. No social activities will be permitted indoors, and skaters are asked to wear a facemask indoors and on the trail.


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“Our goal is really to allow everyone to get some well-deserved fresh air, have fun, and enjoy the enchanting setting of the forest in complete safety and in compliance with government measures,” says the site’s French press release. “We will be able to accommodate fewer people than usual, so we favour online reservations to guarantee your access and allow us to count visitors to the site,” explains the Domaine Enchanteur owner, Madeleine Courchesne.

Plus, the magical route makes for some pretty epic photo opportunities.


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Access to the site costs $20 for kids and $22 for adults. The skateway is traditionally open until mid-March. We’ll certainly keep you in the loop as to when the 17-kilometre enchanted path opens to the public.

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