Here is some information and images from the Parc National des Grands-Jardin in Saint-Urbain, Charlivois region, Quebec Canada.
“In the early 20th century, this area was already known for its incredible fishing opportunities. Visitors were struck by the carpets of ground lichen and the exceptional Arctic vegetation at this latitude. They thus named it the Grands-Jardins-the Great Gardens. Today, Parc national des Grands-Jardins is still visited by anglers and also by hikers, campers, and vacationers. It has the privilege of forming one of the core zones of the Charlevoix Biosphere Reserve, a status granted to the region by UNESCO.
“Le Pioui and Mont du Lac des Cygnes Loop is a 11.1 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Saint-Urbain, Quebec, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from June until September.”
The trail network of over 30 km can satisfy all categories of hikers. Go and discover a multitude of landscapes: taiga, tundra, deciduous forest, boreal forest, and mountain vegetation. Be sure to see Le Pioui and Mont du Lac-des-Cygnes. This mountain offers a unique view of the Charlevoix meteorite crater and Vallée du Gros-Bras.
Come explore the new de La Tour and du Brûlé trails, both located right at the heart of the summits of Grands-Jardins in the Arthabaska sector.
Le Mont-du-Lac-des-Cygnes, La Chouenne, Le Pioui and Le Gros-Pin: year-round (during winter, snowshoes or walking crampons are required)
Le Boréal, La Pinède, Le Pionnier, Le Pommereau, La Chute, La Tour and Du Brûlé: May 24 to October 14, 2019
In the north-west part of the park, discover the 15 km of trails in the new Franceville sector. Live a unique experience, having access to the spectacular Franceville rock crest and the stunning view of the valley of the Ruisseau de la Montagne – mountain stream – of which the trail is interrupted by waterfalls.
Period: mid-May to mid-October 2019
Last week, I had the opportunity to do a little hiking in the eastern townships. Conditions were wet and muddy, but manageable. The temperature was in the low to mid teens Celsius. Which is very comfortable for hiking. Trail map: Franceville sector.
Sentier des Escarpments is an intermediate trail and very well maintained. Sépaq personnel were adjusting one of the more challenging sections of the trail the day we were there.
If you are new to hiking in early June, you will see some bears. Educate yourself about the proper interaction with bears in this season.
The hiking paths are wide and well groomed for the most part. Some areas require more concentration on foot placement, but a very enjoyable climb nonetheless.
Designed by NSCAD alums Chris Hanson and Hendrika Sonnenberg, the ‘Fountain’ lamppost shoots a stream of water into the harbour, as though it was relieving itself after a big night downtown. Not far away, ‘Get Drunk, Fall Down’ features another lamppost slumped across the pier, with its concerned friend looking down.
Thanks to its peerless position in Halifax Harbour, Georges Island was occupied by military forces for 200 years from 1750, acting as a key fortification protecting access to a key British station. Created by deposits left by glaciers thousands of years ago, the small island stood guard while battles raged for control of the East coast. Georges Island does not currently offer a visitor program, but special events are occasionally held, offering a rare opportunity to visit.
All hands on deck, sailing on this 130-year-old schooner is an incredibly unique experience. Help hoist the sails, learn about Nova Scotia’s rich naval history, and enjoy craft beers at the onboard bar(extra cost). For booking, information and schedules just click on Ambassatours.
Theodore Too is a large-scale imitation tugboat built in Dayspring, Nova Scotia in 2000 based on the fictional television tugboat character Theodore Tugboat. Theodore Too is currently located in Bedford, Nova Scotia Wikipedia
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Experience an exciting part of Canada’s history by visiting this 19th-century fort with a sweeping view of downtown Halifax. Between May and October, the Citadel is brought to life by two historic regiments of the British Army – the pageantry of the 78th Highlanders and the precision of the Royal Artillery thrill visitors daily with live re-enactments. The skirl of the bagpipes mixes with the crack of a rifle and the assembly of recruits for the next foot drill. There’s no shortage of authentic experiences to view and participate in! Kids will love the Xplorers Program – an activity book just for them. When the sun sets, it’s time to experience the other side of the Citadel – join the Citadel Ghost Walk and experience the dark and errie lore from the early 1800’s. Tours start mid-July and run every Friday and Saturday nights starting at 8:30pm until the end of October. Cash at the front gate.
This image was shot by a very talented photographer my significant other who chooses to remain anonymous. However, I did do the post-processing. I like it very much and thought it should be shared. Enjoy
This image was shot by a very talented photographer my significant other who chooses to remain anonymous. However, I did do the post-processing. I like it very much and thought it should be shared. Enjoy.