Hiking Québec: Seasonal Identity Crisis

We have hiked every trail in the Parc National de la Jacques Cartier, except Le Draveur Nord, and La Croisée, which we attempted a few weeks ago in mid-October. We were treated to the unusual (to us) sight of fall and winter all at the same time.

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Postcard: Le Château Frontenac

The Château Frontenac got a roof makeover. Doesn’t it look nice?

Jean Larose Falls Trail

The Jean Larose Falls, a series of 3 drops totaling 70 meters, are quite beautiful and definitely worth the 400-stair climb. However, I think the trail leading up to the falls is one of the prettiest spots I’ve seen in all of Québec so far.

Hiking Québec – Le Scotora – Parc national de la Jacques Cartier

We finally got around to hiking Le Scotora, a 16 km (9.9 miles) roundtrip hike to the Andante mount (809 m – 2,654 ft). I found the hike to be difficult, but mostly only due to its length and the wet conditions. The climb is gradual, unlike l’Acropole des Draveurs, so there are not really any stairs or big drops, but my knees still suffered on the way down.

Early days of fall in the Parc de la Jacques Cartier

These were taken the last weekend of September, as the leaves were just starting to change.

Postcard: Chicago

One of the best “must see” tips we got from friends was to have a drink in the Signature Lounge of the John Hancock building instead of paying the admission to the observatory. We arrived a bit before dusk, and managed to get seats right away. Once you have something to sip on, you are welcome to stay as long as you’d like. We admired the view until the sun set, which was just breathtaking.

Close encounters of the cervid kind

We took one last camping trip at the end of September in the Parc de la Jacques Cartier. The leaves were just starting to turn, and the temperatures were decidedly fall-like. Our first morning we had quite a surprise, when a huge male moose wandered right down the side of our campsite!

Canoe camping in Parc national de la Mauricie

We have FINALLY gone canoe camping, and loved it!

A Visit to the Chicago Bean

After I parted ways with Mathieu on Sunday morning, he to run 26.2 miles, and I to crisscross the city by foot, bus and L hoping to catch a glimpse of him doing… Continue reading

Postcard: Waber Falls, Parc National de la Mauricie, Québec

We’re now heading directly (and much too quickly) into the days of less sunlight, more rain and cooler temperatures. Any last shred of hope that this glorious, summer weather would continue on through September was quickly turned to dust this past weekend, as the truth became glaringly evident.