We had 3 days of almost non stop snow, transforming Québec City into a winter wonderland. Here are a few shots from around my neighborhood.  **For more photos, check out Bela Lumo’s photostream on flickr or “like” Bela Lumo Photography on Facebook. I’m regularly updating the albums there. And as usual, please contact me directly if you’re interested in using my photos or purchasing any prints. Thanks!** 

In early summer, we rented a chalet in Les Escoumins for several nights with Mathieu’s family. Though we had rainy, cold weather almost the entire time, we enjoyed exploring this little section of the Côte Nord. This far up, the water is salty and one can observe the rise and fall of the tides. It almost felt like we were at the sea, instead of just on the St. Lawrence river.

Québec’s most well-known specialty, besides maple syrup, is probably poutine. It’s extraordinarily important to people here, as snack foods often are, and the discussion of where to find the best poutine will inevitably spark a lively debate. Everyone’s got their favorite. Of course there are endless ways to customize your poutine, but the classic trio of fries, gravy and cheese curds is pretty hard to beat, in my opinion.

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.

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.

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!