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First hike of the spring season 2021!
Brienne was my hiking buddy today as we got out the city for some time in the woods.
This is my first visit to Parc Régional des Chutes Monte-à-Peine-et-des-Dalles
The #lanaudiere is full of beautiful treasures like this. What is so surprising about this area is that these falls are nestled into the terrain where the rolling farmland meets the piedmont (foothills) of the Laurentian mountain range.
You wouldn't expect such beautiful falls.
The park is accessed by three different village entrances - St-Jean-de-Matha, Ste-Mélanie & Ste-Béatrix and has 17 km of trail with 3 chutes. This photo is of chute Monte-à-Peine.
You could easily spend a whole afternoon walking/hiking most of the park or come for just a couple hours and see the highlights. There are sections with some elevation gain/loss but a lot of the hiking trail loops and sections are on the wooded plateau above the falls and wind through lovely and easy walking forested sections.
Highly recommend a visit for the falls and the woods. If you go in late winter/early spring bring crampons/something spiky for your boots. The climbs up and down from the plateau area are very icy this time of year.
The area is 1 hour away from Montreal and there is a fee to access.
There is camping also.
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)
Mont Ouareau Trailhead.
This hike is also part of the #sentiernational
I'm going solo today but with all the cars in the parking lot I won't be alone on the trail.
View from top of Mont Tremblant.
Enjoying an extended weekend together in the Laurentians.
Glad we got an early start on the day. The base was crawling with people when we got down around 1:30.
Other than all the people we encountered as we hiked back down on the Grand-Brulé (who had just as much right to be here as us!) the hiking was fabulous.
It’s been a long time since I’ve hiked Tremblant (I think I’ve done it once before) and trails are good hiking. Recommend going up Johannsen & O’Connell to the peak & down Nord-Sud & Grand Brule for a nice 20 km loop.
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).
A hidden gem of a trail. We parked at the school parking lot on Highland St in Sutton and walked towards the mountain. The trail follows a creek/river nearly the whole way. We were only out for a leisure stroll so we didn’t make it to the end.
5 km out and back trail ends at the base of the mountain. Apparently the end destination Marmite aux sorcieres - Witches cauldron, is worth the view. Maybe next time.
Sentier Village-Montagne is very family friendly and easy with very gradual elevation and stairs for steeper sections.
Highly recommend for an afternoon or a 1 hour jaunt in the woods.
At the mountain you can also access a 50km network of trails maintained by Parc d’environnement naturel de Sutton. This is a fee access area.
One of the many perks of staying with my parents is that you don't have to drive to go for a hike. You can just walk into their backwoods.
Enjoying this gorgeous day with @karentogo
We arrived in NS yesterday. We'll be here for a couple weeks as we wait out Covid-19 school and business closures in QC.
We went from winter snowshoeing in QC to spring conditions on the south shore of Nova Scotia.
Looking forward to some woods walks while we're here.