Fort Matt Snowshoe Club
Pssst….. Wanna Go Snowshoeing?
The Fort Matt Snowshoe Club is a private group that meets on Saturdays in January, February, and early March to trek around the beautiful lakes, trails, and frozen swamps surrounding Fort Matt in Val-des-monts, QC.
The group arrives at 1130h, heads out after a light snack, then returns to the lake house to enjoy snacks and conversation around a warm fire.
There is no charge to members but everyone heading up is asked to bring pot a luck item to share with the group after the hike. A password protected Google doc is used each week to confirm participants, list food items and plan for car pooling.
Physical Fitness Requirements
The hikes go for approximately 2 hours over all sorts of elevations, trails, and and different depths of snow so members must be physically fit to participate.
Snowshoeing uses every major muscle group at relatively high intensity for extended periods of time so it burns a lot of calories. The type of snowshoeing we do consumes between 500-1000 calories per hour which is about twice as much as walking at the same speed.
Membership and Reservations
As each outing is capped at a dozen participants, spots are claimed on a first-come, first-served basis (although we aim for a good mix of guys and girls). To join the pool of potential participants, complete the form on the right with the following information and you will be contacted shortly thereafter.
- Dates you wish to participate (January 4, 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22)
- First and last name
- Phone number
- Age (20-30, 30-40, 40-50, 50-60)
- Facebook page link (if you have one)
- Level (beginner or advanced)
- Part of town you live in (downtown, Barrhaven, Kanata, etc.)
- Car (yes/no). If yes, willing to offer a ride to other members of the group?
Note To Drivers
Even though the road to the property is a school bus route well maintained during the winter months by the municipality, winter tires are still a must due to the hilly terrain heading in.
- Snowshoes (we don’t rent although some members offer use of spares)
- Wool socks
- Layered clothing
- Snow pants
- Appropriate foot ware for hiking (snowboarding boots are ideal for this type of snowshoeing)
- Gaiters (if deep snow)
- Water bottle
- Trail snacks
- Face wind cover/protection (for open lake portions)
- Compass or satellite GPS
- Sun screen
Wear wool instead of cotton socks since cotton looses all insulating properties when wet. Layers are a must as your body temperature keeps increasing during the hike (no matter how cold it is). If the now is deep, Gaiters that snap around your ankles work well keeping snow out of your boots and shoes.