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!

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.