A few weeks ago Dave and I rented a cabin at Au Diable Vert. It wasn’t our first time, but our first time visiting in the winter. It was great! I think in the future we are going to try to make our yearly trip in the winter rather than the fall or summer.
A little more snow than last time, eh?
So much snow that we needed snow shoes to get around most of the property! Pro tip: faculty, staff and students of McGill University can rent snow shoes (and cross-country skis) from the Sports Center at very reasonable rates. We ended up renting snow shoes for an entire week, which meant we had a few extra days to try them on Mont-Royal (verdict: not as nice as at Au Diable Vert where we had the trails all to ourselves).
We were pleasantly surprised to see that the inside of the Echo du Bois cabin had been redone. New wall paneling new bunk bed structure, new bedding. Much cleaner! There’s even a battery powered light, though we choose to just use candles and flashlights during our trip.
Something I had been worried about, using the outhouse in the winter, turned out to be no big deal. The hassle was in getting on boots and a jacket to go outside, but you were out there, it was fine.
It’s amazing how simple food tastes so great while camping. Even something as simple as ramen tastes 100% better when the water has been boiled on a wood stove. And fried eggs. Oh boy! So delicious. We also did baked potatoes in the fire, steak, foil packets of veggies in the fire, hot dogs on sticks, and smores! Yum.
You can tell that the people who own and work at Au Diable Vert really love what they are doing, and like to share their love with others. In the winter unless you have an all wheel drive vehicle you must park at the bottom of the hill and either trek up or use the walkietalkie to radio the reception to come get you. The night we arrived we were met with smiles and excitement, and a reassurance that there was tons of snow for us to play in (there was surprisingly little snow on the sides of the 10 on our drive in).
We will definitely be going back again, hopefully in the winter!