Photo: Cross-country skier in Val-David, by Math Sparks
It’s time to hit the trail!
Should you need skis (or other outdoor equipment), rentals can be found at Roc & Ride. Head north, following the groomed trail for an hour or two. Pause for a break, and when you’re ready, head back the way you came.
Photo: Sleigh at La Ferme Duquette, by Math-Sparks
Know your trail
Completed in 1909, the P’tit Train du Nord, for which this Trail section was named, played a key part in the economic development of the Laurentian region. The popularity of the rail line reached a peak between 1920 and 1940, largely because fun-seekers from Montréal began heading to the Laurentians to enjoy nature and skiing — which was the “in” sport of the moment. The P’tit Train du Nord made its final journey in late 1981, after which the route fell into disrepair. The old rail line was transformed into a leisure trail and opened in 1996.
Sleigh bells ring — are you listening?
If you’re looking for a relaxed afternoon activity, you can indulge your yesteryear winter fantasies with a brisk sleigh ride along a route that passes through mixed forests of maple, birch and fir. La Ferme Duquette offers sleighing adventures that last about an hour.
Get to the “art” of it
Located in the centre of the magnificent village of Val-David, the Maison du village houses the Centre d’exposition de Val-David. This exhibition centre hosts numerous temporary exhibitions oriented towards the visual arts: painting, sculpture, photography, engravings, craft work and more.
Indulge your epicurean side
For a taste of France, La Table des Gourmets makes for a sophisticated dining experience. Visitors can pair a three-course meal with a selection of fine wines — some of them locally produced. The owners are engaging, and the setting is intimate. Gluten-free options are available.