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Winter family getaway at Mont-Saint-Mathieu: a hit!

Febuary 6, 2024

 Collaboration @AuQuéb (in french only)

Credit : Parc du Mont-Saint-Mathieu @Blais-Couillard-AuQuéb

We're always on the lookout for new outdoor destinations for the family, and recently discovered Parc du Mont-Saint-Mathieu, located in Saint-Mathieu-de-Rioux in the magnificent Bas-Saint-Laurent region... Our new favorite place!

Our #1 priority for a family trip is simplicity. Here, Parc du Mont-Saint-Mathieu stands out, offering a variety of activities, a restaurant and bar service, and ski-in ski-out accommodation...

All this, just a few hundred metres away. Once parked, it's all about enjoying the ride!

On your skis!

A perfect family destination for skiers and snowboarders, offering 29 trails including 12 slopes and a snowpark, free beginner area, certified ski school, rental center, and maintenance shop.

We loved the ski area! Dynamic, the slopes wind through the mountain and change rhythm throughout the descent. Lifts are fast, and the slope lengths are perfect for maintaining a good pace with the family.

The variety of trail levels is noteworthy: one in our group was a beginner and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, just like the more advanced skiers! There was definitely fun for everyone.

Credit : Parc du Mont-Saint-Mathieu @Blais-Couillard-AuQuéb

To your tubes!

Sliding on tubes makes happy kids! In fact, we have to admit that older children also enjoy this adrenalin rush. It's the perfect activity when little legs get too tired to ski, even if the day isn't over.

Two sliding lanes are located at the bottom of the mountain, accessible by the magic carpet lift on the school slope. Stretching 130 meters long, it's pure bliss!

Credit : Magic carpet at Parc du Mont-Saint-Mathieu @Blais-Couillard-AuQuéb

Get ready to snowshoe

Cardio enthusiasts can also satisfy their craving with 10 km of snowshoe trails starting from the mountain, in addition to the 3 km dedicated to alpine ascents (with skins).

Ask at reception to locate the entrance and set off to discover the backcountry.

Credit : CoolBox, Parc du Mont-Saint-Mathieu @Blais-Couillard-AuQuéb

The Coolbox at the foot of the slopes, it's cool!

Sleeping there feels like a privilege! Thanks to this relatively new concept of outdoor hospitality, guests have access to accommodation with a unique location. Stepping out of your unit, you literally step onto the slopes!

Convenient and comfortable, they have everything you need: bedding, refrigerator, microwave, stovetop, coffee maker, and dishes.

When we talk about simplicity, sleds are also available at the entrance of the Coolbox for luggage transport. And for those need electrically, two charging stations are available at all times - and for free - making life really easy... We love it!

Special mention for the main chalet and its services

Beyond the great comfort of our Coolbox, it's always great to get out and enjoy the on-site amenities. In fact, the chalet at Parc du Mont-Saint-Mathieu is magnificent (and rather recent: built in 2012!). 

For dining, there's a fantastic cafeteria offering a spacious glass-walled dining area with mountain views. The menu is varied and of excellent quality, featuring healthy meal options. Here, it's far from just typical fast food found at ski resorts!

As for the bar, the après-ski space has its own charm with an electric fireplace and a giant screen showing skiing and snowboarding movies on loop. Highly recommended!

Free childcare (yes, yes!)

For those traveling with young children, the Kwick Kwick daycare is an original and much-appreciated concept. It's a free daycare center reserved for minis aged between 18 months and 8 years, allowing parents to enjoy the mountain when the little ones have run out of energy.

Open from 10 am to 3:30 pm, advance registration for a maximum period of 2 hours is required for your child. Wow!

 

With that, we tip our hats to Parc du Mont-Saint-Mathieu for rolling out the red carpet for families, allowing us to experience beautiful moments in the great outdoors, all with utmost simplicity!

  Parc du Mont-Saint-Mathieu

121, chemin du Lac Sud, Saint-Mathieu-de-Rioux
418 738-2298 / www.MontStMathieu.com

 

Credit : Parc du Mont-Saint-Mathieu @Blais-Couillard-AuQuéb
Credit : Parc Mont-Saint-Mathieu @Blais-Couillard-AuQuéb
Credit : Parc Mont-Saint-Mathieu @Blais-Couillard-AuQuéb

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