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The most recent journal entries from our members.
Didn’t make it out of the city this weekend. On Sunday we squeezed in a winter walk at Parc Maisonneuve, with our daughter Brienne, before the sunset.
Better late than never. Better some than none.
Now that I’m in school the weekends are less open, at least they are as I adjust to the workload.
We haven’t been out of the city for a couple weekends but thankfully the snow in the city has been good for skiing so we’ve been enjoying #parcmaisonneuve this winter.
Here is @toesalad at the gate between Parc Maisonneuve and the Jardin Botanique. The botanical gardens have free access in the winter and it’s a lovely place to walk, ski and bird watch.
So grateful for this oasis in our neighborhood.#jardinbotanique
I recommend this trail area in the Lantier municipality for winter day hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
@toesalad and I have been here a few times over the past couple winters.
Things I like about the area:
I wouldn’t hike here in summer, not enough elevation for me but it’s great for winter sport.
Today I introduced my friend Kim to the area.
This is the first time I’ve snowshoed the trails here and I have to say I recommend the skiing more than the snowshoeing since a lot of the snowshoeing is on a multipurpose trails laid by snowmobile. However you can just tramp through the woods on your snowshoes if you like.
Best access for snowshoeing is parking lot on chemin Lac de la Montagne Noire (see map in this post: https://outsideways.com/journals/entries/3724/)
Our first visit to the P’Tit Train du Nord.
This is a linear trail extending from St Jerome, in the south, to Mont Laurier, in the north.
It’s 200km long.
An old rail line, in the summer you can bicycle the whole thing, in the winter some sections are reserved for x-country skiing and the rest of it is for snowmobiles (stretch dream for me!)
The x-country ski section is groomed.
In non-pandemic years I think you have to pay to access the ski trails. That’s what my guide book says. But when we arrived it said it was free. Yay!
In previous years we have ventured further north into Lanaudiere region for our x-country skiing. But today we were looking for something within an hour of our home, which landed us at an access point near Sainte Adele.
It was a wonderful introduction to a trail we will definitely return to in the future.
The section we did is circled in green on the map.
For more info in English see linear-park.com
I got binoculars for christmas and my birthday (both are in the same month).
I am so excited about using these while hiking and canoeing (not backpacking, too heavy) to see animals and to learn to identify birds.
Maybe one day I’ll start a bird journal.
This is in the Jardin botanique de Montréal which has great winter ski trails (the join with the ski trails at #parcmaisonneuve) and lots of places to observe birds.
Identified a sharp-shinned hawk on this outing.