All pepped-up to #LoveWinter

Hmmm... not too bad! :-)

Hmmm… not too bad! :-)

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the winter season. I love the scenery when its snows and when the lakes, rivers and ponds freeze up. I’m not a fan of the cold. I’ve certainly been pretty chirpy about the mild winter we’ve been having so far in Holland. The fuchsias in my garden are still flowering! I’m not kidding! So, I guess it’s a bit of a surprise, and something that’s way out of my comfort zone, that I signed up for a trip to wintry Quebéc, Canada. I just checked the weather there and though it’s not as cold as it was a week earlier, I’m bringing every warm piece of clothing I can find! Down jacket [check], gloves [check], mittens [check], thermals [check], scarves [check], beanie [check], sweaters [check], woolly socks [check] and waterproof ski pants [check]. Hmmm, did I miss anything?

What I’ll be doing in Quebéc

I’ll be travelling with four other bloggers (including a videographer). We’ll arrive in Montréal and proceed to the ski resort of Mont Tremblant for three days of fun in the snow, then spend another three days in one of my favourite cities in the world: Montréal! Woohoo!

The lovely ski village of Tremblant (image courtesy of Stephane Duquesne).

The lovely ski village of Tremblant (image courtesy of Stephane Duquesne).

Nope, that won't be me up there! :-) (image courtesy of Stephane Duquesne)

Nope, that won’t be me up there! :-) (image courtesy of Stephane Duquesne)

Despite my love/hate relationship with winter, I’m really looking forward to this trip because there will be a number of ‘firsts’ for me. The most important ‘first’ is that I’ll learn how to snowboard! I’ll have three days to perfect my balance on the board and go several meters without falling over – as you can see, I’m not being too ambitious! Haha! Aside from learning how to snowboard in Tremblant, we’ll also get to experience the aprés-ski fun, enjoy its fabulous cuisine, indulge ourselves at the Scandinave Spa and go on a snowshoeing tour.

The fun continues in Montréal, where we will go ice-fishing (another ‘first’ for me), build snowmen (there’s a contest! Ha!) in the Mont-Royal Park and hit the Igloo Fest!

I’ll be accompanied by my friends, Melvin from Traveldudes, Caspar (our video producer) from Story Travelers, Becki from Backpacker Becki and Nienke from The Travel Tester.

We’ll be updating our social media channels with lots of photos and short videos (undoubtedly featuring many hilarious moments) so please follow us via the hashtag #LOVEWINTER on Twitter, Instagram and facebook.

AND… wish me luck! :-)

Note: this #LoveWinter blogger trip is a collaboration between iambassador, Quebec Tourism, Tourism Montreal and the Canadian Tourism Commission. As always, all views expressed above are mine, and mine only.

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6 Responses to “All pepped-up to #LoveWinter”

  1. Keith Jenkins 12/02/2014 8:01 pm
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    Hi Sofie,
    Hope you got to follow our trip. We had an amazing time in Tremblant and Montreal. Absolutely LOVED it! :-)

  2. Keith Jenkins 12/02/2014 7:59 pm
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    Thanks for your comment Rod. No immediate plans to visit Montana but you never know! :-)

  3. Rod Austin 10/02/2014 7:04 am
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    Like you, I have a love-hate relationship with winter. But having no winter means no winter sports, which I look forward to all the time. I hear Montreal’s beautiful. But any chance that you’ll be visiting Montana, too?

  4. Sofie 03/02/2014 12:10 am
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    Good luck!
    I’m planning a trip to Québec myself so looking forward to reading about your adventures.

  5. Ian 01/02/2014 10:04 am
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    Enjoy Mont Tremblant, it’s a fun resort town! One of my old mates skiied their every winter, as he was a native Montrealer … they know how to party there!

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