As the whole world watches the 2014 FIFA World Cup unfold, you may be wondering, how do these athletes become the stars they are? Practice!
As I skim through the headlines I see people fed up with winter. Most are just sick of all this cold and snow. However, the people that enjoy winter activities love this. But who has time to learn how to ski or snowboard? And tobogganing can get so boring after a while. Well the people in Quebec City have a real treat just 20 minutes north of the old city, Valcartier Vacation Village, known as North America’s largest winter playground. Since opening in 1963 with only a couple slides, Valcartier has now become a popular place to visit for summer and winter. The park is open to all ages and the best part is that you don’t need to be an expert in winter athletics. The basics of riding these slides are:
- Put on your winter gear
- Jump in a tube
- Launch off the peak of a slope
Best of all, there is a conveyer belt of handles that you grab to bring you back up the slope. No more running up the hill with a heavy toboggan.
Most of the slides are for all ages and located in the Avalanche and Central section with seven to nine slides to choose from in each area. However, for the adrenaline junkie there are slopes where you can reach up to 80 kilometers an hour and catch the beautiful view of the Jacques-Cartier River and Valley.These slopes are named after famous mountain ranges and peaks, such as “Himalaya” and “Everest.” At 33.5 meters high, Everest stands as one of their tallest slides and listed under their extreme category. Almost all the slides allow group sliding where you are able to link your tube with your friends.
It's no secret that one of Canada’s greatest pastimes is hockey. A step above that is playing outdoor hockey during the rigorous winter season. Go one step further and you have the NHL Winter Classic, an annual outdoor hockey game that takes place at a different North American sports’ stadium each year on New Year’s Day.
This year’s edition featured the Detroit Red Wings hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium, home of the University of Michigan Wolverines Football Team. Being a big hockey fan I made the cross-Southern Ontario drive along the 401 through Windsor and into Detroit for the festivities, and they did not disappoint.
Our new e-Brochure is out now, packed with information about our exciting tours and destinations for 2014. From playing Basse-Ville B-I-N-G-O (our version of a scavenger hunt) in Quebec City to training on the pitch with FC Barcelona or Paris Saint Germain, this year is shaping up to be full of fun, fresh experiences.