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Now that we have an all-access park pass to Quebec's "national" (i.e. provincial) parks, we are starting to explore more of the hiking options within a reasonable driving distance from Montreal.
Today we decided to check out Park National de la Yamaska, which is a large-ish park surrounding the Choiniere Reservoir. Around the circumference of the reservoir are trails, beaches, campgrounds, and picnic areas. We decided to circumnavigate the reservoir by stringing together a series of hiking trails an multi-use trails. All told, it was a 19km day on very flat, but very pretty terrain.
The trails wind through old fields, abandoned apple orchards, and re-planted forests (as seen from the rows of trees in this photo).
The last time we hiked this section of trail (Franconia ridge) it was cold, windy, and foggy - we were thru-hiking the AT heading north. This time we decided to do it on a beautiful day, and the views were fantastic. We decided to take the ridge southbound this time in the hopes of meeting some thru-hikers along the way. We did meet some, and spent some time talking to Slacker and TAB (Take A Break). Apparently today was the best weather day that they have had on the trail so far.