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10 ways to make the most of winter in Trois-Rivières

November 28th, 2017 | by Virginie Lessard

Who says winter is for hibernation? Not us! So get out the toques and mitts, pull on your long johns, and come discover the many winter activities that Trois-Rivières offers!  


KiNipi spa & bains nordiques

 
Surrender to the pleasures of the Nordic baths at KiNipi spa. Start by unwinding in a heated whirlpool, then head to our sauna or hammam to turn up the heat before enjoying a thoroughly refreshing dip in our ice cold baths! You’ll feel completely revitalized, every muscle in your body relaxed. Complement your thermal experience with a therapeutic or beauty session and a delicious snack at our KiNipi à la bouche restaurant. It’s the very definition of pampering!
 
8210, boulevard des Forges, Place Ki-8-Eb
819 693-9999 or 1 888 954-6474
 
Les Nuits Polaires
 

Les Nuits Polaires are returning to Trois-Rivières! You’re invited to come take part in a series of free outdoor concerts in the heart of downtown on three consecutive Saturday nights. The music, fun and dancing is sure to warm you up. This year’s 12th edition will go out with a bang, as fireworks are on tap for March 3 just before the evening’s musical performances begin. Les Nuits is the hottest ticket of the cold season in Trois-Rivières, so be sure to wear your best suit—snowsuit, that is!
 
February 17, 24 and March 3, 2018
819-378-2009
 
Ice climbing
 

Maïkan Aventure offers one of the most impressive ice formations in Quebec, but don’t be intimidated! Come attack this monster with expert guidance and support from certified guides. There’s simply no better way to learn the basics of ice climbing. You up for it?
 
Maïkan Aventure
2206, boulevard des Chenaux
819 694-7010 or 1 877 694-7010  

Igloo night
 

Have you always wondered what it’s like to sleep in an igloo? Here’s your chance to find out! Igloo night is a favourite feature at Maïkan Aventure, just five minutes from downtown Trois-Rivières. Challenge your friends! Inside the igloo, the temperature hovers between -5 °C and -3 °C, but with the warm clothing, sleeping mat and bag, pillow, and extra-comfy blanket you bring along, you’ll spend a cozy night protected from the elements. It’s a one-of-a-kind outing for families, friends or even a larger group! 
 
Maïkan Aventure
2206, boulevard des Chenaux
819 694-7010 or 1 877 694-7010   
 
Skating rinks, ice trails and tubing slides
 
Get those skates sharpened, because there’s more than one ice rink in Trois-Rivières! In just about every neighbourhood, you’ll find outdoor rinks perfect for shinny hockey and leisure skating. There are also ice rings and paths. Best of all, this winter fun comes free of charge!
 
Parc Champlain rink
 
 

Once again this winter, starting in January, Parc Champlain will be transformed into a giant skating rink. Located in the heart of downtown, the park provides you with a heated cabin to put on your skates and warm up whenever you like. The rink is supervised during operating hours, and it’s also a great way to spend your lunch break. Sound tempting? 

From January 20th to March 4th, 2018
Open Monday to Thursday from noon to 2 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
819 378-4070 
 
Ice trails and tubing slides at Parc de l’île Saint-Quentin
 
 

There’s something new this year at Parc de l’île Saint-Quentin: a refrigerated tubing slide, a first in Canada! The outdoor feature will delight young and old alike, with four tubing slides on two tiers, one 35 feet high and the other 24 feet high. Also on offer are a 2-kilometre ice trail with a view of the river as well as a skating rink, snowshoe trail, fatbike trail and ice ring complete with bonfire, all to help visitors make the most of winter. 

Psst! Parc de l’île Saint-Quentin also offers skate rentals and sharpening, and there are sleds available to pull the kids on or help them keep their balance. Clearly, this is the ideal venue for the entire family!

Parc de l'île Saint-Quentin
819 373-8151  
 
Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing 
 

If you prefer cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, Trois-Rivières offers a vast choice of beautiful trails. Consult the City of Trois-Rivières website for information on their locations and condition before heading out.
 
Énergie CMB trails 

Whether you’re a cross-country ski veteran or novice, the Énergie CMB site has just the trail for you. Your entrance fee gives you access to a host of marked trails ranging from 1 to 7 kilometres. Thinking of trying out cross-country skiing for the first time? Nothing could be easier! Simply rent your equipment at the Maïkan rental centre and take a lesson or two with Mauriski, both on site. Énergie CMB also offers adapted trails for snowshoers. It has all the ingredients to ensure you have a fun and invigorating winter’s day out!
 
Snowmobile excursions
 

Whether you’re heading out on your snowmobile for a few hours or a few days, Québec Authentique trails await you. A total of 4,800 kilometres of trails criss-cross the Lanaudière and Mauricie regions, enabling you to explore some of the province’s most breathtaking landscapes and views. So climb aboard your machine and set out on an adventure across these vast tracts of land interspersed with mixed-wood forests, mountains and frozen lakes!
 
Paraskiing and kitesurfing 
 

Paraskiing and kitesurfing draw more and more fans every year. A huge kite powered by the wind propels you forward. On your feet are your choice of either skis or snowboard. If you have a need for speed, this is the sport for you! But you’ll also need ideal conditions: good weather with just enough wind. For enthusiasts, Trois-Rivières offers two sites tailor-made for this exhilarating pastime. Eager to learn more? Ask about personalized lessons at the Wax Kitesurf shop and school! 
 
Boutique-École Wax Kitesurf
819 693-5196
 
Club Multivoile 4 saisons
819-377-5454 
 
Samedis aux flambeaux
  

The popular tradition of Samedis aux flambeaux (torch-lit Saturdays) continues at Parc de l’île Saint-Quentin. Skaters are invited to take in the beauty of the surroundings by night, their ice trail illuminated by more than 60 torches. The ambiance is further enhanced with music until 9 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing break near the bonfire in the centre of the ice ring. Whether for date night or an evening out with family or friends, treat yourself to a Saturday evening at Parc de l'île Saint-Quentin!

January 6 to March 3, 2018 from 5 pm to 9 pm
Parc de l'île Saint-Quentin
819 373-8151  
 
Local carnivals
 

Many Trois-Rivières neighbourhoods hold winter carnivals designed just for families. Activities are free, so venture out into your community and have some fun! 
 
This year embrace winter! Dress warmly and head outside to play!

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