The Centre Castor, located on the Valcartier military base, is open to the public and welcomes you to one of the most beautiful sites in the Québec City area for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fatbiking, or backcountry skiing.

Cross-country skiing

You’ll find excellent quality trails with circuits that will satisfy both beginners and experts. A total of 95 km of wide trails are designed for both skate skiing and classic skiing. State of the art machinery provides the highest quality groomed surface. In addition, the halfway shelter will allow you to pause in nature.

Cross-country ski rental (classic and skate) available on site.
The equipment is continuously renewed and very well maintained.
A waxing room can accommodate several skiers at the same time.

Backcountry skiing

Mont Brillant offers attractive backcountry skiing and a splendid view of the surrounding mountains. Skiing there requires no approach—the 260 metres of ascent divided by level start immediately. The slopes are beginner-intermediate level.

This activity is offered in association with the Fédération québécoise de la montagne et de l’escalade (FQME). Skiers must be a member of the FQME to join the fun. There are annual and daily memberships!


Discover the specifically designed trails for fatbiking, all within a 20km network. A wide variety of trails are available to you, suitable for a family activity of for a more challenging experience.Alos, enjoy a ride through the new Fatduro trails, for a unique winter cycling experience in Quebec.

Do you need equipment? More than 25 bikes are available for rental to visitors, every morning from 9am.

Opening hours are also extending. Until 9pm on Wednesdays and until 7pm on Fridays, you now have the opportunity to experience an evening of fatbiking. 

Snowshoeing and tobogganing

Other activities are also offered such as snowshoeing and tobogganing.


To enhance your experience, book your stay in the on-site yurts. An immersive experience in nature with all the comforts!


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