2021 opens on a global pandemic.
And where we live in Montreal, QC we are also under stricter lockdown measures, including a curfew. But... we can still go outside and we can still drive to the mountains (not recommended, but not forbidden).
I'm looking forward to the day when we will look back on this time with a "remember when". And I'm keeping this journal to remember how the outdoors, and especially winter, can hold and sustain me through difficulty.
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Snowshoeing at Sommet Morin-Heights Heights.
Sommet Morin Heights boasts a lift ski area, the Aerobic Corridor - a linear year round trail, alpine touring and snowshoe trails.
(The alpine touring is rather limited)
This was our first time at this hill and would recommend it. Close to Montreal, hour-ish drive, nice trails through the woods. Fee access.
Morin Heights (the town and no just the ski area) has a lot of outdoor trails which you can find out more about here: https://www.morinheights.com/Cross-country-Snowshoe-Trails
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
For today’s 2 hr ski we parked at Sunny Hill and skied Richard Grant, part of l’attache ta tuque (tie on your tuque or hold on to your tuque), and le castor.
We met the actual Richard Grant, on his skis, as we returned to the trailhead. I’m so grateful for land owners like this who give people access to their land.
The Sunny Hill parking lot of the Tournée des cantons de Rawdon (TDCR) gives access to some gnarly backwoods ski trails, just what I like.
We skied the hors piste difficile (off “trail” difficult). There is still a “trail” but it’s not groomed.
I wouldn’t recommend for beginners. Also I think backcountry style x-country skis (wider, metal edged) are more appropriate for these kind of trails. Which is what we have.
I simply adore backcountry x-country skiing, which is also considered “light touring”
I recommend the TDCR for all types of x-country since you can find easier trails off other trailheads.
However, I think this is a popular spot and parking is limited. We went on a cold day (-15c) which eliminated the fair weather skiers. Perfect afternoon on all accounts.
Discovering a new trail system. #tdcr
One of my favorite outdoor areas close to Montreal is the #parcsregionauxmatawinie
That region features regularly in my journals because it’s close to Montreal and the area offers myriad of outdoor activity options year-round.
If you’re brand new to Montreal the only place you know is Mont Tremblant, and maybe Orford in the Eastern Townships. But the Matawinie is the place you go when you know where to go.
Today we explored a new (to us) trail system called Les Sentiers de la Tournée des Cantons de Rawdon (just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it!) TDCR for short
You can find maps online at tourneedescantons.com
Access is free and so is membership. I signed up to become a member because according you the FB page access is limited during Covid to members-only. I may have gotten that info wrong (it’s all in French, but I signed up anyway just to be on the safe side).
The trail system goes through a lot of private land and is maintained by volunteers. This is a real gem only 1 hour from Montreal.
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.
@toesalad changing the wax on his skis. I have wax-less skis which have pros and cons. One pro: not having to fuss with wax. Con: I can’t adjust the “grip” or “glide” in my skis. I have to rely only on pressure and the scalloped etching. I won’t win any races but that’s not my jam anyway. I love the ease. Also, my preferred terrain is non-tracked woods in which I really love the functionality of my skis. I don't ski for speed but for experience. I'm not exactly a Birkebeiner.
Anyway.... back to skiing.