Winter on Lake Temiskaming is fun-filled and breathtakingly beautiful. There are so many outdoor winter activities to experience in the region that you’ll wish you lived here! Activities include ice fishing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, downhill skiing, tub sliding, sleigh rides, carnivals, curling, hockey, skating and, of course, relaxing in our numerous inns & resorts. Here, you’ll find activities for the kids, for the family, for a group of friends, or for yourself: we definitely have what you’re looking for.
Usually, we get our first snowfall in early November, but our winters really begin in early December. Every year, the Village Noël Temiskaming kicks off our winter with the unique atmosphere of an authentic New France Christmas Village. The Village emulates the famous Belgian Christmas markets, and is clearly a must if you’re looking for special Christmas gifts for your loved ones.
In December, when Lake Temiskaming freezes, hundreds of fishing huts appear on the lake. They look like miniature villages on the ice. The largest groupings are around Sutton Bay and across from the New Liskeard and Haileybury marinas. Sutton Bay Park offers ice-fishing packages, which allow you to rent fish huts with all amenities, including firewood and pre-drilled holes.
On Lake Nipissing and Lake Temagami, many ice-fishing operators rent fish huts and provide complete packages to tourists. There are also major fishing tournaments. In Kirkland Lake, the $50,000 Alamos Gold fish derby has become a major event of the winter carnival. The fish festival in Angliers, on the Quebec side, started in 1969 and now attracts over 3000 visitors annually. The event has become a must, as it is much more than just fishing. All of these options provide plenty of fun for the whole family!
The Lorrainville Winter Carnival has been running for 50 years now and has developed a number of interesting and innovative activities. Another winter carnival, which has been in existence for over 50 years, is the Carnaval des Compagnons in North Bay. This carnival is a great way to be exposed to the francophone culture and community.
La Bannik in Ville-Marie is open to the public for its renowned snow tubing. Kids will definitely adore this experience! If you’re looking for something a bit more extreme, Para ski rentals and courses are also available in Ville-Marie.
Sleigh rides are a nice way to quiet down and really enjoy nature while connecting with the horses. Bowen Sleigh Rides and Les Promenades CAJO in Temiskaming Shores will provide you with a memorable winter experience.
The Ville-Marie Ice Challenge held its first edition in 2016 and the event was a success, with great feedback from both spectators and participants (who came as far as Toronto, Montreal and New Brunswick). This type of activity, better known with the Quebec City Red Bull Crash Ice event, is the fastest sport on skates.
Click on these links to find out more about snowmobiling, skiing, downhill skiing, and snowshoeing around Lake Temiskaming Tour. Take a look at our complete list of winter events and you will certainly be compelled to come and spend a short holiday in our beautiful communities.
Here are some events happening this winter in the Lake Temiskaming region.