Winter breaks – the call of the wild (December, February, March)
It’s winter. It’s cold. Close your eyes and imagine yourself settled by a log fire, relaxing in the warm glow, surrounded by an expanse of nature, listening to the howls of wolves.
The park is closed to visitors at this time of year. Grab your chance to be among the happy few to experience wildlife at its best. The wolf takes centre stage in your stay. Get to know the various packs that call the park home:
- afternoon or aperitif tour with a guide
- dinner (delivered to your lodge or at the Comptoir du Trappeur)
- night in your lodge within the park grounds
- breakfast delivered to your door
- learn all about the great predators
This programme includes entry to the parts of the park open for the winter season.
See in the New Year naturally, surrounded by wildlife:
Book early. There’s nothing more rejuvenating than the dawn of a new year in a natural setting.
Just mention your requirements when you book and we’ll take care of the rest.
Take a look at our booking site now
In 2019, we’re heading for the “new world”, exploring the wide open spaces of North America.
North America harbours vast expanses of wildlife, great plains, huge forests and lakes. These landscapes hold a fascination that bridges the gap between the old world of Europe and America, the new world where everything is possible, including living at one with nature.
The “new world” at Sainte Croix is a new 8.5 hectare enclosure, home to bison, black bears, coyotes, raccoons, wild turkeys, prairie dogs, porcupines and skunks.
Our New World will include a themed restaurant, a large play area and two new types of lodge to sleep close to the animals, plus a reception area for all lodges in the park.
To the south, American bison, black bears and wild turkeys (forebears of the domestic turkey) inhabit the great plain. The plain is bordered by the Black Bear river, where the lodges overhang the water. To the north, a family of black bears share the small plain with a coyote pack. You may also spot raccoons, North American porcupines, skunks and enter the territory of a colony of prairie dogs.
Two new themes for short stays at Saint Croix
Sainte-Croix offers accommodation in 18 nature lodges.
Next year, we will be adding a further ten lodges in the “New World” area and a reception area for all lodge guests.
– Les Lodges de la Rivière de l’Ours noir, riverside lodges overhanging the water opposite the bears and bison (17 5-berth lodges)
– La Grange, a vintage-style loft with 11 rooms for 4 people with views of the black bears, coyotes and cheeky raccoons.
King of the Prairie by John Lopez
We, the human race, take over wild habitats and exploit them, more or less wisely, sometimes annihilating whole eco-systems in the process. But things can change. The monumental sculptures of American artist John Lopez show how manmade objects can take on a new lease of life. His bison sculpture for Sainte-Croix is made of reclaimed objects from the American frontier, “Wild West” era. A fitting tribute to the King of the prairie.
Sustainable tourism and environmental friendliness
Sustainability is the watchword for this new area, from the design stage to day-to-day running. The electricity is provided by renewable sources and therefore totally eco-responsible. Solar panels provide hot water for the Grange and several lodges. These steps are in line with the zero waste policy we introduced in 2016. We sort all waste and encourage visitors to play an active part in saving the planet. We have applied for the European ecolabel for all our accommodation.
A collaborative project
New safari train
New for 2018, the safari train! An hour-long expedition to observe the animals of Europe. All aboard! Visit the vast expanses of the park to see the day-to-day movements of the animals. This new nature reserve is part of a European breeding programme designed to produce births in the wild.
The elan, the giant of the north, at Saint Croix
A symbol of northern climes, the elk, the largest of the cervidae family now at Sainte-Croix! Another example of European fauna, an essential part of the park’s forest ecosystem. Elks can be observed from the safari train and the new viewpoint at the end of the Dalmatian pelican trail.
New pedestrian trails
The new wooded area home to the European bison and Przewalski’s horses can be seen via a new viewpoint between the red foxes and griffon vultures.
The Przewalski’s horses and European bison take turns to occupy this vast area.
Elks can be observed from the safari train and the new viewpoint at the end of the Dalmatian pelican trail.
Le hameau des loups : 5 new lodges
Five new lodges are open for booking from March 2018. This unusual accommodation is set at the heart of the park with a beautiful backdrop home to a pack of European wolves.
What’s going on this spring 30 March – 8 June
30 March, 1 – 2 April 2018
Sainte-Croix launches the new season in style with a host of events for all the family: shows, bottle-feeding lambs, sheep sheering, decoration workshops, and the great Easter Egg hunt.
Spring school holidays
21 April – 8 May 2018
Spring at Sainte-Croix is about feeding lambs, make-up sessions and fun for all. Our spring treasure hunt is a great way to visit the park and there’s a family season ticket up for grabs.
Over to the animals
19 – 21 May 2018
Come and uncover the secrets of animal communication. Take part in workshops and experiments to learn the languages used among wild and domestic species.
What’s going on this summer 24 June – 2 September
The great conservation weekend
23 – 24 June 2018
The conservation weekend is an annual event at Sainte-Croix. For every admission over the weekend, the park donates €2 to the Sainte-Croix biodiversity fund for the protection of animals. A dozen associations and local, national and international partners present their projects that contribute to the cause.
Du 8 July – 2 September 2018
There’s always something going on at Sainte-Croix in summer. Plenty of animal-themed family fun with puppet shows, street theatre, spotlights on a species etc. Guides and entertainers do their best to spark interest and captivate the imagination with innovative presentations.
What’s going on this summer 24 June-2 September
6th national belling imitation (bolving) competition
Sunday 9 September 2018
For the sixth time, Sainte-Croix has teamed up with the local association of hunters to organise the national deer belling imitation or bolving, competition. Don’t miss the noisy, eccentric event!
Discarded antlers will be on sale and proceeds donated to the Sainte-Croix fund for biodiversity.
Sales of antlers
Sunday 16 September 2018
We collect discarded antlers of our stags after the annual rutting season and organise a sale in aid of biodiversity via our foundation.
The deer rut
Saturday 22 September to Sunday 14 October 2018
An outstanding annual event in the wildlife calendar. Sainte-Croix is ranked among the top ten best places to observe a deer rut. Come and admire the mating ceremonial of our 60-strong herd in its superb environment. Join us for a morning or evening observation session, a photographer shoot or overnight camp.
The wildest Halloween ever
Autumn half-term 21 October–4 November 2018
Come and visit the park during the school holidays and take part in the spine-tingling celebrations with our homegrown monsters. Don’t miss the ghoulish fun!