Traditionally, snow shoes were used extensively across this region by trappers and hunters, and for general travel in soft, deep snow. Today, many residents still use snowshoes or “rackets” for these same purposes. However, more and more, it is becoming a recreational sport and a great form of exercise for those wanting to enjoy the crisp outdoors.
While visiting the Lower North Shore, you may want to hike the area using snowshoes, which are sold in many local stores. Keep in mind that winter temperatures can be harsh – so better bundle up on a cold day. Otherwise, spring months offer quite warm temperatures and perhaps even a tan as the sun reflects off the snow. Exploring the great outdoors by snowshoe is part of our culture, part of our winter, and part of our fun!
Cross-country skiing is also a great way to take in the scenery of the Coast. For the most part, you can ski anywhere there is snow – which makes for an extensive ski zone! There are also several trails along the Coast that you can follow.
Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails, Tête-à-la-Baleine
A 15 kilometre (9 mile) trail offers a view and experience of the open spaces and boreal forest. The second trail extends for 6 kilometres (4 miles) around the scenic hills of the community. Both trails are loops that start and finish in the village of Tête-à-la-Baleine.