Backcountry skiing discovery

Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier – Québec

Guided excursion to discover nordic backcountry ski touring

Find the origin of the ski


3 hours


$59 +tx




10am to 3pm
(with snack and lunch break)

adult : $59 +tx
young (14-17 years old) : $39 +tx

ratio : 1 guide for 8 participants

December 15th to March 31th

Explore the winter trails of Jacques-Cartier National Park on a backcountry ski for a memorable experience in this wilderness! With easy-to-follow techniques and ski gear provided.

Nordic backcountry skiing is a type of skiing invented by northerners, and allows people to move easily in the snowy areas.

Backcountry skis are a cross between those used for cross-country and downhill skiing. They have a width between 60 and 110mm, an anti-rollback with scales, and are provided with edges. In addition, for climbs, you can add a climbing skin, and there’s also the telemark binding which detaches from the ski, but stays attached to the boot.

This guided tour will help you discover this activity and become familiar with the material, before you discover the Jacques-Cartier National Park. You will firstly follow a ski trail to understand the art of travel, before making your own mark in the undergrowth, leading to a shelter for the dinner break. Then the trek will continue into a slightly more technical area with ascents and descents.

How the day went
  • transportation included from downtown Quebec City. We pick you up at your hotel (to choose at the time of booking)
  • presentation of the equipment at the main building
  • training by the guide and first test of your skis
  • skiing in trail and off-piste with alternating climbs and descents
  • age : 14 years old and up
  • professional local guide
  • equipment : backcountry ski, ski boots, climbing skins, ski poles
  • hot chocolat
  • park fees
  • lunch (option to choose at the time of booking)
  • transportation round trip from Quebec City

Not Included

  • clothing for an outdoor activity
  • gaiters, toque and mittens
  • dinner + snack + water
  • spare clothes

How to get there

Enjoy our bus and free transportation from your Quebec City hotel. To be chosen at the time of booking.

You can also go to the park with your car. The Jacques-Cartier National Park is located in the tourist region of Quebec City. It is accessed by road 175, via exit 182, Chemin du Parc-National. The park is 30 minutes from Quebec City.

To get from Quebec City, take Route 73 North (follow signs for Saguenay) which will become Route 175 North. The entrance to the Vallée sector is located at exit 182, Chemin du Parc-National. From downtown Quebec City to the entrance to the Valley area, it takes 40 km. Add 10 km to the main building.


We think there is no bad weather in winter. The activity always takes place. In situations where the temperature is extreme (-35 C⁰) or the amount of snow is not adequate, the activity will be transferred. The final decision to cancel in case of bad weather is the responsibility of the guide or the administration of Quatre Natures.

Booking Policy

Upon reservation, a non-refundable deposit of 30% of the total amount of the invoice will be required. You must make this deposit by credit card (VISA, MasterCard or American Express). If you cancel your reservation, we will only keep the non-refundable deposit.

Any changes must be made by phone or e-mail and subject to availability. You can cancel or change your reservation up to 48 hours before the start of the activity. If you cancel your reservation more than 48 hours in advance, we will only keep the non-refundable deposit. If a cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the start of the activity, an amount equivalent to the total value of the activity will be debited. Possibility of transferring the amount for another activity in the calendar year.

* the announced duration of the activity is approximate and depends on the weather and the group

Nos partenaires

Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier
light snow
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wind: 1m/s S
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light snow
humidity: 86%
wind: 2m/s SSW
H -1 • L -1


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