I live in the city. I dream (and dream about living, adventuring, and travel) in the country. Married to Outsideways creator @toesalad.
My adventure life is summarized well by William Lewis Morton, who once observed that the “alternate penetration of the wilderness and return to civilization is the basic rhythm of Canadian life.”
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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.
So ends a winter trip to a cabin, on a lake, in the woods and mountains.
We enjoyed getting out every day to walk in the nature of the area right around the cabin. And on the weekend we enjoyed snowshoe routes at nearby parks.
The Jacques-Cartier region has a lot of easy-to-access winter sport areas including:
I highly recommend the village of Stoneham as home base for your adventures. See this page for map and more info. https://www.jacques-cartier.com/en
Lean-to view from snowshoe trail, Camp Mercier.
Camp Mercier is a x-country ski center north of Quebec City in Reserve Faunique des Laurentides. Someday we'd like to return here for a weekend x-country ski trip, arrive Friday, ski Saturday & Sunday kind of thing. Today was an afternoon on the snowshoe trails. If you're in the area it's a great day destination.
Camp Mercier: https://www.sepaq.com/rf/lau/camp-mercier/
These trails had a ridiculous number of blazes. Here’s a good example. I spot seven sets (blue and red together) of blazes in this photo. It would be nearly impossible to get lost out here, in addition, walking in any direction off trail you’ll hit a biking trail so it’s not like you could just wander “out into the woods” with no way to find your back.
A bit of overkill that also takes away from the natural beauty.