- 5 days mixed activities/sightseeing
- No previous experience necessary
- Reasonable fitness required
Flight inclusive price from the UK includes return flights from Heathrow to Montreal (non-stop) with Air Canada, airport transfers (for UK group flights only)
4 nights in chalets at Lac Simon
2 nights standard hotel in downtown Montreal
1 night comfortable hotel in downtown Ottawa
All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
Guided cross-country skiing
Free use of snowshoes and cross-country skis at the chalets in Lac Simon
Visit to Le Viceroy Auberge and Spa
Ice skating on the Rideau Canal (weather dependent)
Visit and lunch at a traditional Sugar Shack
Tour leader throughout
Equipment hire and activities at the Montreal Winter Festival
Dogsledding (CAD200 per person)
Snowmobiling (price dependent on group)
Lac Simon Chalets
We stay in simple wooden chalets, dotted in the peaceful area of Lac Simon, a true Canadian wilderness location. Accommodating 5/6 people per chalet, rooms are organised on a single sex basis with shared bathrooms.
All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners included.
This trip is graded level 3, moderate (see our website for further information on our grades), but as all activities are optional, it is easy to opt out of activities and make this trip easier.
All active winter holidays involve some element of risk; from something as normal as slipping on icy pavements, to the possibility of injuries sustained as a result of the activities themselves. While we do all we can to minimize any dangers, participants must be prepared to accept some risk as part of the holiday. Please see activity details below and 'risk of injury' note in the back of the brochure.
Cross-country skiing In the first few hours of a beginner's cross-country skiing course your instructor will choose the trails and terrain carefully, and will avoid steep slopes, however, even on the flat you should expect to fall over. Unlike downhill skiing, where falls can happen at speed, most cross-country falls happen at slow speeds or from an almost static position, and cause no injury. Although it is very rare, some falls do lead to injury, in the worst cases this may include broken bones. Overall cross-country skiing is a safe sport to take part in, when properly instructed.
Low level snowshoeing We have chosen to categorize this holiday as 'Low Level Snowshoeing', which is described as snowshoeing over flat or undulating terrain, where avalanche risk is non-existent and there are no big-drops and very steep terrain is rare. There is minimal risk of injury from falls on icy terrain.
Dogsledding While speeds rarely exceed 20 km per hour, injuries can occur if a sled tips over or leaves the trail. Participants should be prepared for this risk
Snowmobiling On flat or rolling terrain snowmobile accidents are rare, and our guides will follow prepared and signed trails for most of the time. As snowmobiles can reach high speeds, drivers must be responsible for safe driving, and must follow the instructions given by the guide to avoid injury and snowmobile damage.
Note on Snowmobile Damage. You will be liable to pay for any damage to snowmobiles up to the excess on the insurance policy, which is currently approx CA$2000 per machine. Your tour leader will ask you to provide a credit card as means of a deposit. This means, that in the unlikely event that you damage a snowmobile in a major way, you will only be charged up to the excess and not the full cost of repair. Snowmobiles are easy to drive safely and damage is very rare if the drivers are alert and considerate. All drivers must be over 17 and have a valid (car) driving licence.
Normal group size and age
Normally 6 to 12, plus local leader. Minimum age 16.
The vast majority of Exodus adventures are adult group holidays. Groups are always small in size. We strongly believe that this adherence to small groups means a better experience for all; more time with your guide, less waiting around and a reduced impact on the communities and environments visited.
Each group is generally made up of like-minded travellers - with singles, couples and friends all joining in together. All these trips are suitable for single travellers, but if you prefer to travel with clients booking individually, please see our Solo Departures page.
In order to provide a more accurate grading system, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or split grade, for example Leisurely/Moderate. Occasionally, there are optional activities available en route, in this case the optional grade is indicated in brackets, for example Grade Challenging (climb Tough+). Clearly, conditions may differ from region-to-region or month-to-month and as such the information given on these pages is designed to act as a guide only. In all cases you should refer to the respective holiday's Trip Notes for further details.
Cross-country skiing: will involve intensive instruction, and our groups are carefully graded to ensure participants have similar levels of experience.
Cross-country ski grades: 1 Beginners | 2 Intermediates (suitable for confident beginners) | 2+ Intermediates (not suitable for beginners) | 3 Advanced | 4 Strenuous | and for Cross-country Skating levels: 1 Beginners | 2 Intermediates - For full explanations of Cross-Country Grading and Levels please see below or check here to view the full Winter Grades page.
Winter Activities: It's about seeking out alternative ways to have fun in unspoilt locations, you won't find standard skiing or snowboarding breaks here.
Mixed Activities: Activities may range from the ordinary (for example walking, cycling or whitewater rafting) to the damn right extraordinary (including caving, camel riding or canyoning).
Wilderness: Visit the deserts, jungles, plateaux, tundra and mountains of all seven continents, including Antarctica.