Groomed trail
Elevation Gain
1,909.00 ft (581.86 m)
11.30 mi (18.19 km)
Warming hut
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Forêt Montmorency in Quebec, Canada is a wildlife refuge with remote cross country ski and snowshoe trails. This trail network is located just a half hour north of Stoneham, Quebec and just under an hour north of Quebec City. The Montmorency Forest is owned by the University of Laval and, in addition to being an outdoor paradise, is a leading research facility for forestry and geography. Known for early snow (both natural and stored), extensive trail networks, excellent grooming, and ample wildlife sightings such as moose, this is one of the best cross country ski areas in the East.

The vast trail network circles Lac Piché by the starting lodge, while also branching deeply into the Quebec forest, with classic and skate tracks surrounded by tall evergreen trees. The initial 2-kilometer loop opens very early for Nordic skiing, as snow is stored under a layer of sawdust throughout the summer then used the following season. This area is also well known for natural snowfall and often receives 6 meters of snow in a winter season. The trails are very well marked, and maps can be obtained at the trail center.

Skiers can stay in the nearby towns of Stoneham or Quebec City, or find lodging at many other options even closer to the ski trails. Forêt Montmorency offers large chalets, cabins located on the ski trails, and housing in the main Pavilion building where meals are served and there are rooms for families or athletes to enjoy games such as pool or puzzles.

In addition to nordic skiing, visitors can enjoy snowshoeing and backcountry skiing on Quebec-made wooden skis with skins that can be rented at the center. There are designated trails for many different winter activities.

Overall this ski center is very inviting and appreciated by families and elite athletes alike wishing to ski on early-season snow. Once you visit you will want to return year after year, not only for the conditions and hospitality, but also for the mission of the center and University of Laval to promote recreation and sustainable forestry.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Not Required


Few crowds. Extensive trails. Excellent grooming.


Difficult to access.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Trailhead Elevation

2,185.00 ft (665.99 m)

Highest point

2,769.00 ft (843.99 m)


Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Potable water
Rental facilities
Big vistas
Near lake or river
Old-growth forest
Bird watching

Trail type


Typically multi-day


Snowmobiles allowed




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