I can’t count the number of times I have been browsing through a magazine or online and encountered what looks like a magical and fun excursion not too far away from my home in Canada. I’ll think about how awesome and fun it looks and then keep browsing along somehow knowing we will never get around to actually taking that adventure. With so many places to explore in the world, why bother with the ones close to home?
A couple of years ago we encountered La Domaine de la Forêt Perdue exactly like that - something stumbled upon randomly, but not easily forgotten about. La Domaine is an ice skating trail near Trois-Rivières, Quebec. With over 15KM of masterfully groomed trails, you do genuinely feel like you are getting lost in an enchanted forest. The path will often split in two with no indication as to where one option might lead. So you go with your gut, pick a direction at random and see where it takes you.
We were lucky enough to be there on a fairly snowy day. Thick snowfalls have this magical effect of muting all of the noise around you, making the world seem quiet and far away. The only sounds were our skate blades slicing through the ice and the snow falling on the pine trees.
This trip was a good reminder that sometimes the best adventures you can have aren’t that far away to find.