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.
These were taken the last weekend of September, as the leaves were just starting to change.
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!
The trail took us through gorgeous stands of yellow birch as well as damp peat bogs where we saw several beaver dams. It was a strange sensation to walk on such spongy ground – almost like walking on carpet.
I went for a mid-week hike with a friend and since we were both not feeling up to a big challenge, we chose Les Cascades. It is a very pleasant 4 kilometer loop and as always, I found a lot of interesting things to look at along the trail. I have loved being such a frequent visitor to this park, and being able to notice the changes in the forest as the summer progresses. The previous week’s high temperatures plus… Read more »
We did an easy 11 km section of the river from la Jetée, which is way up at the northern end of the park, to Pont Banc, at kilometer 18. We successfully went through several class I rapids and one class II.
A couple of weeks ago, we hiked Le Perdreau, an intermediate trail that does a 5 km loop. It took us about an hour and a half, and we really enjoyed it. We found it to be a good mix of ascents and descents, with plenty of stream crossings to keep things interesting. In the middle of the hike, the trail takes you past Lac Buvard, which is quite picturesque.