OUR BASE, in QUEBEC, is outside Girardville, in a French speaking region,north of “Lac Saint Jean”, with one part that is wider than the channel between Calais (France) and Dover (England). Our base is on an 80 hectare site (approx 200 acres) and is at the gateway to the boreal forest, where the paved road ends! It is our starting point for our activities, that take us further north in to the wilderness.
FACILITIES AT OUR BASE
A RECEPTION BUILDING (where all the equipment is housed).
TWO CHALETS nestled in the forest, with 6 private bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in each.
A SAUNA and an AREA TO RELAX and look at documentary films on wildlife and the culture of Quebec.
A RECONSTRUCTED AMERICAN INDIAN CAMP situated on the bank of a river, on a site previously used by the Innu (Montagnais) American Indians.
A PARK FOR WOLVES, created to demystify and raise awareness of the wolf, an animal that fascinates us. It is the largest centre for the observation and the understanding of this animal in Quebec. It consists of large enclosures where you can observe arctic and gray wolves, and go into a building with materials and films about them.
HIKING TRAILS (10 km/6 miles) that connect different parts of the base, including the enclosures for the wolves. In several thematic loops, these trails allow you to discover the different eco systems comprising the boreal forest. Away from the base, in the forest, there is a log cabin (Trappers' Camp) near a lake, that provides a welcome shelter.
EXPEDITIONS IN THE FOREST
Some expeditions include spending some nights in the forest, away from the bustle of modern life.
The activities are offered on routes in the wilderness north of our base. In the area where we go, we do not encounter other organized groups. As we only have small groups, our family team is able to share with you an unforgettable experience, in a friendly atmosphere, with routes chosen according to the participants’ profiles. The very small number of participants allows everyone to be in harmony with nature, and to experience the “living room of their dreams”. With us, each expedition, and each person is different and unique.
SECURITY. We have satellite phones
PASSIONATE BILINGUAL professional guide(s), with an excellent knowledge of wildlife, able to offer you an experience close to nature. Members of our professional team have extensive experience, a profound knowledge of the terrain, where we operate, and the qualifications needed to supervise the activities proposed. They have the knowledge and tools necessary for your safety: CPR, first aid in remote areas, wilderness survival, telephone, map, compass and GPS. Also, the company is part of Quebec Ecotourism and meets all of the current standards of quality and safety regulations.
MEMBERS OF OUR PASSIONATE BILINGUAL TEAM will share their extensive knowledge of the North: life and survival in the wilderness, discovery and observation of wildlife tracks, the sky with aurora borealis, the culture of early inhabitants.
WE FOCUS on the discovery of the boreal forest with its lakes and rivers, its flora (spruce, birch, fir, pine trees) and fauna (beaver, moose, wolf ). If we are lucky we will see some of these
MEALS: Traditional Quebec cuisine results in gastronomic and dietetic meals, using local produce, that are prepared at the base. Whether they are cooked in the forest over a fire, or eaten in the evening at the base, home cooked meals based on Quebec’s specialties and local produce are all good times to share.
PREQUISITE: It is not necessary to have prior experience, or to be very fit, to participate in one of our holidays. All that you need is a love of the outdoors.
HOW TO ARRIVE AT OUR BASE
Except for the SHORT BREAK PACKAGES, we meet you in Quebec City, and bring you back in a Minivan. At the end of your holiday we take you back to Quebec City.
In the packages, where we meet you in Quebec City, if you come to our base, instead of being brought from, and taken back to Quebec City, you pay a reduced price, as shown on the screen for each of these packages.