Whether you want to let loose on snow tubing slides or head out to skating rinks, ice fishing spots or even zoos to interact with fascinating animals, the magic of winter charms people of all ages. It's time to have fun as a family and introduce your little ones to the joys of the outdoors all the while creating lasting memories. And if you prefer to stay warm, try the amusement centres that offer a variety of games and activities or visit a museum that promises a thousand and one discoveries!

A unique experience in winter at Granby Zoo

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Visit the Granby Zoo in winter at a fraction of the summer price! Admire an all-white canvas, that contrasts with the thick fur the animals wear at this time of year. All along the outdoor trail, you’ll come across animals that love the cold weather such as Amur tigers, snow leopards, red pandas and Japanese macaques. The zoo also welcomes those who are sensitive to cold (both animals and humans!) to visit the indoor pavilions that promise special encounters with exotic fauna, such as hippos, lions and elephants. Play areas and the souvenir shop will also be open for you to enjoy on your day of discovery.

Discover a village on ice at Contact Nature

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Every winter, hundreds of fishing shacks set up shop on the Saguenay Fjord in La Baie, transforming the Baie des Ha! Ha! into ice villages: Anse-à-Benjamin and Grande-Baie. These ephemeral villages form one of the world’s largest ice-fishing sites. During this activity, you’ll learn about the different species of fish found in the fjord, the historical development of ice fishing on the fjord, the workings of an ice village and much more. You’ll also get to meet people who are passionate about ice fishing.

Embark on a space exploration mission at the Cosmodome

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The Cosmodome invites you to travel into space with interactive virtual missions, become a space exploration hero and take part in a mission to Mars – a great experience no matter your age. The Cosmodome also offers parent-child camps at certain times, namely over the holidays! Take part in training aboard the simulators and experience weightlessness, spatial disorientation and the sensation of walking on the Moon. You can even sleep inside modules similar to those on the Space Station!

What’s new this winter at Ski Saint-Bruno?

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A true winter paradise, Ski Saint-Bruno is the closest mountain to Montreal for downhill ski. The resort is not only the perfect place to learn how to ski — thanks to innovative services for the whole family — but also offers newcomers to Quebec an immersive experience to discover the joys of skiing. After hitting the slopes, you can meet up with your friends and family for après-ski at the new Hors-Piste resto-bar. And don’t forget that all winter long, the newly installed webcams will show snow conditions in real time!

Have some family fun and learn about health, food and science

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Put on your smocks and head to the lab! The fascinating world of science is at your fingertips, thanks to a variety of exhibits, themed activities and workshops at the Musée de la santé Armand-Frappier. Visit Food for throught! to learn more about food and how it is connected to our well-being. Then take part in a game on sustainable diets, where the goal is to test solutions that would allow all human beings to have access to enough nutritious food while respecting the limits of natural resources. An exhibition that invites you to fill up on knowledge and that will inspire you to try new recipes!

Visit the region with the whole family!

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Find inspiration for your stay in the Centre-du-Québec region thanks to suggestions for cultural, gourmet and sporting getaways. Extend your stay in this beautiful region with cozy accommodations to rest and relax. Enjoy a fine meal in one of the region’s stunning gourmet establishments, and add a breath of fresh air to your day in one of the regional parks, or visit a stunning tourist attraction. This winter, it’s happening in Centre-du-Québec! Check out the excursions section of the Tourisme Centre-du-Québec website for ideas on activities to suit your trip!

A perfect winter family fun day

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The Parc nature Les Forestiers-de-Saint-Lazare is the perfect place to recharge your family’s batteries with a healthy dose of nature this winter. A host of outdoor activities await you, including a large illuminated skating ring, numerous cross-country ski and snowshoe trails in the heart of the forest, tubing, and much more! Don’t have your own gear? No worries, as equipment rentals are available on site. Get out and play, and bring on some winter fun!

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