The Bois-de-Belle-Rivière, a jewel of the Lower Laurentians

Le Bois-de-Belle-Rivière, a jewel in the Lower Laurentians

UPGRADE DAY

Mirabel is not a destination you spontaneously think of for getting some fresh air in winter. However, at the Bois de Belle-Rivière Regional Park, there is everything you need to have a good time, from walking to skating, not to mention the sliding slopes.  

The variety of activities is amazing. Things are moving everywhere, which creates a great atmosphere.

On the trails

The main trail is cleared of snow all winter long for walking.

Rather wide, the main trail, a 6 km loop, is plowed all winter long and is therefore accessible to walkers, even with a stroller. The route passes through the Forest Garden and the Ornamental Garden as well as the Sucrerie d'antan, a former sugar shack. 

Several walkers come with their dog. The route can be reduced with a loop of 2 or 4 km. To find your way around easily, download an Ondago map to your phone before departure. 

The multi-sport trail, intended for cross-country skiing and fat-tire biking (VPS), literally circles the park, with a 7 km loop. Tiny trails like La Prucheraie (1 km) are open for snowshoeing, their length well suited to those with children. 

Slide and skate

The 2.5 km long skating trail.

When the conditions are good, there is a lot of action on the slide. In fact, there are two slopes with a height of 20 meters. Tubes are provided. The ascent is done on foot. 

A 2.5 km long skating trail is laid out in the forest. Some nights it is lit. The ice conditions can change at the slightest thaw, it is better to check on the website before departure.

Disc golf

A disc golf course with 18 baskets is open. It's the same principle as a golf course, but instead of balls, they are discs (available on site) and instead of holes, they are baskets. We move on snowshoes from one basket to another. It's rather unusual.  

BELLE-RIVIÈRE BOIS REGIONAL PARK 

  • < strong>Main trail (walking): 6 km
  • Dogs: allowed on leash
  • < strong>Multisports trail (cross-country skiing and VPS): 7 km
  • Skating trail in the forest: 2.5 km< /li>
  • Access fee: $8 per adult, $3 per person aged 6 to 16, $2 per dog
  • VPS rental: $18 per adult for one hour, $10 per child
  • Snow Festival: January 28 and 29
  • boisdebelleriviere.com 

OTHER OUTING IDEAS 

The skating trail in Magog

On the outskirts of Lake Memphremagog, skate on an icy trail of nearly 3 km. Illuminated in the evening. Heated shelters at each end. Free. Check the ice conditions before departure.

1 800 267-2744
ville.magog.qc.ca

L'Estriade cleared of snow

For a second winter, the L'Estriade bike path is cleared of snow. From Granby to Waterloo, the 21 km route is accessible to walkers and fat-tire bike enthusiasts.

granbyregion.com

< strong>Alain Demers is the author of the book Rediscovering Quebec: 101 destinations, published by Éditions du Journal.