Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Vacation Boot Camp,
Cross-Country Skiing In Québec

Call to action: The Laurentian Mountains of Québec, a land of towering pine trees and abundant snowfall, are an ideal destination for a heart-strengthening, calorie-killing cross-country skiing expedition. In winter, a 25-mile section of the Parc Linéaire le P'tit Train du Nord, a railroad bed converted into a long squiggle of parkland, is groomed for classic and skate skiing. The trail is punctuated by bistros and lodgings, but after a day or two on the P'tit Train, pop the skis in the car and treat yourself to a suite with a wood-burning fireplace at Mont Tremblant's Hotel Quintessence (it's about 20 minutes by car from the trailhead in St. Jérôme).

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