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Children fishing in winter.

Les auberges de la forêt is the name we've given to these country inns that leave their lights on every evening in the middle of the forest to welcome snowmobile travelers. Without Quebec's outfitters, winter adventurers would never be able to venture into the infinity of our territory.

How pleasant and soothing it is to see that light at the end of the trail, after hours in the woods and hundreds of kilometers traveled. In places where, were it not for the outfitters, you wouldn't find a living soul, the warmest of welcomes and the comfort of a roaring fire await you. Whether in the most prestigious establishments or in rustic, picturesque facilities, everything here takes place in simplicity and camaraderie. A happy complicity is shared by all winter lovers. Those who live right in the middle of the snowy solitude, nature-loving hosts who live self-sufficiently. Or more sophisticated hoteliers who promise an elevated experience. Then there are the winter travelers for whom the snow never lasts long enough.

Quebec's outfitters have even more to offer, as they also welcome tourists and vacationers who come to enjoy winter with one of the many activities on offer: cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, ice fishing, skating, guided initiation and snowmobile rental or an outing with a trapper. Winter outfitting is definitely for those who love snow or want to learn how to love it.

By Yves Ouellet, author and journalist. Text published in the Guide de la pourvoirie 2022

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