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The popular Chutes Dorwin.
Chutes Dorwin in Rawdon (Parc des Chutes Dorwin) has very easy and accessible hiking paths, perfect for a couple hours if you don't mind crowds. I do mind crowds so we went early on a mid-week day.
An hour's drive from Montreal, Rawdon is a popular and easy destination for an outdoorsy day trip. I recommend the bracelet that lets you access all the Rawdon parks.
On our mid-summer excursion with friends we visited Chutes Dorwin, the municipal beach (fine for little kids, not recommended otherwise), and ended at Cascades Rawdon.
The favorite destination was Cascades Rawdon at Parc de Cascades, further up river. We had a lot of fun playing in the water there. Highly recommend it. (No hiking there).
Before I started canoeing around Montreal I didn’t differentiate between the different rivers that flow in this area. Technically it still feels like one river to me, the Saint Lawrence River, Fleuve Saint-Laurent, but where the water goes around the big islands of Montreal and Laval it takes on different names.
This is on a little island in the Riviere des Prairies.
Today we dropped off our daughter at a friends for a quarantine outdoor hang-out and took advantage of easy West Island access to the water.
Our fourth canoe outing... the Lachine Canal.
We packed a supper picnic and went for an evening paddle.
Again, my heart is longing for something more natural but I appreciate that we can do this, at least.
Also, we’re very new to this and we’re still learning so much, which keeps it interesting, even if the location is less interesting.
As the evening darkened the lights were pretty.
A week after our first foray on the Rivière des Mille Îles we return with the kids for a paddle at Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles.
We paid for park access and rented a second canoe for @mypictograph and @briennetougas to use.
It was our Father’s Day outing. It was wicked hot day and being in the water didn’t offer a lot of relief.
I was bummed we couldn’t find any decent places to swim. Made me long for the mountains. Then I remembered: bug season. This is the height of bug season and staying urban worked for the time window we had.
One thing we’ve learned with our urban paddling, there are some really big houses in Montreal & Laval.
This park is nice for day outing but my heart longs for more wild spaces.
Our first trip to the Charlevoix did not disappoint. Organized rather hastily and taking advantage of a cheap motel prices (not sure if that’s pandemic related or just low-season rates) we did a one night stay in Charlevoix this past weekend. Highly recommend the Auberge de Nos Aieux for basic & clean accommodations.
I’ve wanted to visit the area for ages but it’s too far from Montreal for one day. It’s a 2 day trip for sure. More if possible. The region is 4 hours from our Montreal home and I can’t wait to return.
Next to the Gaspesie, it’s the most beautiful region in Quebec I’ve seen. There’s just something about water, mountains, rolling farm country and little villages that I especially love and feels uniquely Quebec to me.
This is the view from the ~9 km hike we did into the hills/mountains behind the village of Les Éboulements. Officially it’s called Sentier du Paysan and it’s north of the route 362.
Maintained by the MRC de Charlevoix, the trail goes through private land, it’s an easy trail with great views of the region including views of the mountains of Parc national des Grands-Jardins to the north-west (not shown in this photo)