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Pourvoirie du Lac Blanc is an outfitter in Quebec’s Maurice region that offers a variety of accommodation options along with meals and all sorts of guided activities – whether it be in winter or summer.
If you love winter then this vast Mauricie region in Quebec is definitely the place to visit. The region is one of rolling hills and pristine forest, dotted with lakes in spectacular Canadian Shield country.
Much of the landscape is accessible from this lodge along with a selection of other resorts that are scattered across the area. They all offer an array of winter activities that make the season fun. None of them are more than a two to 2.5 hour drive from either Montreal or Quebec City. Shawinigan is the nearest city of note.
Read about our stay and what we did at the nearby Sacacomie Hotel.
Our stay at Pourvoirie du Lac Blanc
Our group enjoyed a stay at Pourvoirie du Lac Blanc in a cute little cottage overlooking Lac Blanc (White Lake) for a night.
When we first arrived at the resort around lunch time, it felt like we’d arrived at a snowmobiler’s convention. That shouldn’t of come as a surprise as there are roughly 3,500 kilometres of trails in the Mauricie region alone. They are marked like highways. And the restaurant at Pourvoirie du Lac Blanc was obviously a lunch time favourite.
Snowmobiling at Pourvoirie du Lac Blanc
We had the option to drive a snowmobile or be a passenger. I wimped out and decided I’d just go along for the ride.
The calibre of both the snowmobile and our gear blew me away, especially compared to what I experienced on three occasions in the previous winter. Here they give you helmets with full face visors so there’s no wind on the head stealing your body heat.
The rest of the gear is very warm but it’s the heated hand grips on the snowmobile itself that really make a difference. And the seat behind the driver is roomier than any others I’ve been on.
Ice-fishing (and drinking) is another popular activity
Ice fishing was another activity we tried. In Quebec I don’t think you can do the sport justice without a glass of Caribou in your hand.
It certainly helped me as I had a fish within minutes of lowering my hook and over about an hour I caught five speckled trout. Our charming guide, Stephane Telmosse says after he delivers a pan full of freshly fried trout “You see girls – I’m good on everything.”
A ride in a 1940’s Bombardier snow vehicle and a trapper cabin experience
Yet another activity we did was to take a ride into a cabin in the woods via an original 1940’s something Bombardier snow vehicle pictured below. Even the inside of the vehicle is beautiful with polished wood on the walls.
Our driver and guide, Pierre Thibeault, is a fascinating man who has spent much of his life in the far north. He is also a storyteller and cook extraordinaire with a zest for life. Over many hours we learned about the north, and in particular how you dress to survive.
Pierre also tells us about running the trapper’s cabin in the summer – and the thrill of sleeping in a teepee for people who have never spent any time in the woods.
We end the evening with a meal of stew and bannock inside the now cozy tent followed by a walk back to our cabin under star studded skies. Perfection.
More winter activities at Pourvoirie du Lac Blanc
There’s a lot more you can do at Pourvoirie du Lac Blanc if you have the time. Go skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or catch some air as you tube down one of the hills. I tried that and felt like I’d gone sailing.
The resort offers equipment rentals and guides for just about everything. If you need to warm up or you’ve had enough of the outdoors take advantage of the beautiful pool and hot tub at Pourvoirie du Lac Blanc.
And don’t worry if you don’t speak French or you speak it badly. People here are very friendly.
Where is Pourvoirie du Lac Blanc
The resort is less than an hour’s drive west of Shawinigan, Quebec. Take Highway 153 South, then Highway 350 west and Highway 349 north once you reach Saint-Alexis-des-Monts. Turn left (east) onto Chemin du Domaine Pellerin and follow it for six minutes to arrive at the resort by the lake.
Book a stay
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It’s easy to book a stay at Pourvoirie du Lac Blanc if you click here. I highly recommend the cottage as it feels very private.
To book the nearby Sacacomie Hotel click here. It’s got an amazing outdoor – hot tub set up in the winter!!
Further reading on Quebec in winter
- A Winter Visit to La Mauricie National Park
- An Easy Escape to Beautiful Baie St. Paul
- 5 Reasons to Visit Quebec City In Winter
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A big thank you to Mauricie Tourism for hosting my visit.