Nothing can be more satisfying than communing with nature. Add to such a stress-free experience is the adventure of hiking, biking or even skiing. Canada, especially the French-Canadian regions, will certainly have something in store for adventure-seekers and nature trippers alike. Quebec would be the first choice of many especially if they’re planning to experience a little bit of France as well, given that the province has a strong affinity with the French cultures plus being one of the largest regions in North America to have French as their main language. From Quebec, let’s go deeper to its hidden gem, the Anticosti Island, and within such untouched wildlife lies a trail that offers a multi-faceted experience, The Tomifobia Nature Trail.
Quebec is certainly an ideal destination especially if you’re just starting out in nature excursions. The francophonie region is actually an ideal location for many types of trips, from wildlife adventures, to tech-themed tours even. The predominantly French-speaking province is in fact home to a wide array of sports—from extreme mountain skiing to similarly adrenaline-pumping yet more steady strategy game, poker. One grandiose event involving the online gaming trend is the upcoming Partypoker.fr WPT Canadian Spring Championship which will be held in Montreal. The WPT has been so successful that its branching out to different countries to conduct competitions have not only been accepted, but embraced globally.
Since the card game was said to have originated from France in the guise of archaic game poque, it was easy for the European country to accept the world of online poker. With French culture innately imbedded in the Quebec populace, it wasn’t a challenge to have the new face of poker become a trending social leisure in this region as well. In fact, for those travel enthusiasts who are also poker aficionados, Partypoker gives opportunities to their member gamers to be part of the competitions via their site’s qualifier rounds.
Now in the same way as poker tour competitions in the heart of Montreal could satisfy adrenaline-junkies, the equal feeling of thrill could be felt in the wilderness of Quebec. The French region is home to a unique raw island, the Anticosti Island. In its vicinity is a fascinating yet challenging stretch of nature, The Tomifobia Nature Trail. According to a review in TripAdvisor.com, “The Tomifobia Nature Trail or Sentier Nature Tomifobia is a 19-kilometer path built on a railroad bed that connects Ayer’s Cliff, Quebec to Stanstead and Beebe, Quebec.”
The trail boasts of hard-packed and loose pea gravel paths fit for off-road biking and hiking. “You go by swamps, fields, and forests and are in almost constant contact with the Tomifobia River, although there is no easy access to the water. There is no danger of being stranded because it is well used, and everyone speaks English or French,” a Tripadvisor reviewer adds. In winter months, the geography changes to fit cross-country skiing enthusiasts.
For adventure-seekers, the trail serves as an easy vacation. For novices this can be a good venue to expose yourself. If you’re not into nature, Quebec is a large province that can meet anyone’s interest ranging from French to English. Just be patient in searching for an adventure that’s right for you.