The big plan for the weekend was to take our friend Natalie on her first hike. Our plan was to go to Mont Orford National Park. Well, it's a long weekend and a pandemic and we didn't realize the only way we'd get into the park is by pre-purchasing access online.
So... we needed to find a new hiking trail. Gaia Maps (an app we use) to the rescue. TBH, I'm new to Gaia maps but Damien has been fooling around with it for a while. I do a lot of google searches, I love my paper maps and collecting pamphlets at tourist places (but those are closed during the pandemic...)
Gaia maps showed us quite a few trails in the area, part of the Les Sentiers de l'Estrie (Eastern Township Trails).
The backbone of Les Sentiers de l'Estrie is a linear trail of 156 km that crosses a large part of the Eastern Townships from south to north. It begins on the Quebec - USA border, near Sutton, and ends in the valley of the Saint-François River. It passes through the summits of Monts Sutton, Echo, Singer, Glen, Gauvin, Foster, Chagnon, Orford, Chauve, Trois-Lacs and Cathédrale (Carré).
It's a trail system I don't have a good handle on because the site is entirely in French. And it would appear you need to pay to access the trails, but where to pay is not clear.
Anyway, not sure exactly what to expect, a part of the adventure I'm not entirely comfortable with when taking other people, we drove off from the Mont Orford National Park and found access to the trail system off of Chemin du Lac Brompton.
We parked along the ditch and started walking in along ATV trails, using Gaia as our guide.
Here are the kids with the shoulder of Mont des Trois Lacs in the background.
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