About 20 minutes drive from Quebec City lies Sentiers du Moulin. This was once a sleepy regional park. But through an ambitious plan from local developers and mountain bike advocates, as well as significant funding from local government, it’s now part of a kind of vacation zone for mountain bikers. Well, and hikers and cross country skiers too, but mostly mountain bikers.
A real estate company called Le Maelström, that specializes in cabins, teamed up with local authorities to provide privately owned cabins, while local riders took to building world-class trails. Now there are 37 miles of mountain bike trails, hiking trails, and skiing routes.
Cabins available for rent dot the area, like this one, called simply, “La Cabin.” Perched on Mont Tourbillon, the highest peak in the area, it offers salivating views of the riding and skiing opportunities just outside. It sleeps 4, is outfitted with everything you could possibly want, and you can even buy good coffee on site. Yeah, it’s about $500 per night, but split that a few ways, and you get a fantastic cabin and all the techy descents you could possibly want. Seriously, check out the video at the bottom.
Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.
Photos: La Cabin
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