Pedalos, kayaks, canoes and paddleboards are available for use, the water is shallow for young swimmers, and there is a platform in the middle of the lake for more adventurous swimming. Guests may hike around Lac Labbé, or take a longer hike to Lac Neuf at the back of the property. It is even possible to practice your golf swing on the large grass area if that is your thing – don’t forget to bring your clubs! A chapel is available for quiet meditation, and a recreation room is available for floor hockey or ping pong. During winter months, skating, snowshoeing and tobogganing are possible or you can curl up with a good book by the fire. Wildlife is also abundant, a family of otters can sometimes be seen on the swimming platform, deer, rabbit, and grouse are regularly spotted, as well as moose, fox, beaver and wild turkey’s which are less commonly seen.
Domaine Lac Labbé is an ideal setting to experience a natural setting with all the comforts of home. The variety of potential activities should meet the needs of the entire family. We look forward to your visit and will do our best to give you a great experience!
(These listings are not exhaustive but hopefully provide an idea of possible local activities)
Chute de la Marmite – (15 min drive) - spend an afternoon exploring this provincial park created around a waterfall/rapids cut through granite rock. Unsupervised swimming is possible downstream of the rapids. The remnants of an early hydro-electric generation installation can still be seen near the riverbank.
Granite Mining Display – (8 min drive or bike ride) – housed in the old fire tower across from the City Hall, this display en francais only gives a picture of the early settlers (circa 1900) and the methods used for extracting granite which was exported internationally. There are some old machines, photos, and samples of different granites and finishes.
Bois Rond Casse Croute – (10 min drive or bike ride) – local poutine stop and in my opinion one of the best. If you are not familiar with this Quebecois staple, then you must experience this local gathering place.
Hotel Chez Zachary – (9 min drive or bike ride) – local pub with standard menu is opening for the summer of 2016 with new management.
Biking Trail – old railroads have been transformed into a network of groomed biking trails extending to Quebec City, featuring rest stations and safety patrols along the way. These trails are easily accessed starting by bicycle from Lac Labbé.
Alexis du Portneuf – (30 min drive) – cheese factory in St Raymond offers a wide range of locally made cheese as well as other offerings. It is possible to have a baguette & cheese lunch. During the summer months, they also offer the best ice cream in the region.
Vallée Bras du Nord – (40 min drive) – extensive trail system for both hiking and internationally known for mountain biking competition. Entry fee is charged to maintain facility.
Greater Quebec Region
Old Quebec City – (75 min drive) – a great day trip!! Explore the 400 year old streets complete with cafés, museums, street performers, restaurants, etc. You can also visit the old fortifications – one of the last walled cities remaining in the world!