House prices are still derisory in Murdochville, but things are starting to change. Entrepreneurship is growing and Mylaine is currently working on a project for a rental house and a café. More and more people are converging to this small municipality located one hour from Gaspé and two hours from the Baie des Chaleurs.
“It’s like a big canvas here. It’s not like when you arrive in Whistler or Montreal and you want to open a business, forget it,” says Mylaine.”
“Here, if you have a project, all you have to do is talk about it and work on it and it will be done. I have friends who have just opened a winter camping initiation and guiding business called Le Couloir. We’re about to buy another house, a kind of slum that we’re going to transform into a rental house.”
A few hundred meters away, lovers of snow sports are spoilt for choice since the city is surrounded by mountains. The best known are Mont Porphyre and Mont Miller, but connoisseurs allow themselves to explore even more. The region is now known for its backcountry.
Mont Miller is still served by t-bars, but for the rest, you have to be ready and organized. From her window, Mylaine can see all the mountains…
“You leave the house with your skins (sealskin, a strip of fabric glued to the sole of the ski so that it only slides in one direction, allowing you to go up a slope*), and you arrive at the Porphyre or Copper, and there you go!”