Mont-tremblant, QC Monday Sept. 22 2014
Alberta-provincial parks. British Columbia-provincial parks. Manitoba-provincial parks. Ontario-provincial parks. Etc. Except Quebec. Quebec-Quebec national parks. Why the difference, which caused confusion for us, was never explained to me. I chalk it up to the desire of Quebec to be its own nation and not just a province of Canada. A day admission fee is also more expensive than it was in Ontario.
Why do I bring this up? Well, we spent the day visiting Parc National du Mont-Tremblant. This park is the oldest in Quebec and close to our lodgings. As we drove up to the gate and gave them our Parks Canada annual pass, the gate-keeper politely told us it was no good and fork over $15. Which we did. Our goal was to spend much of the day looking for fall color and more waterfalls.
Hiking and driving through the park met our goals. Of course, the day was: “Rain, no rain, rain, no rain, sun, rain, no rain.” We spent five hours here and found great color. Reds were brilliant, not washed out. The oranges were bright, not marginal. The greens of the fir trees and late bloomers provided excellent contrast. Most of the pictures are a little more muted due to rain and/or cloud cover.
Despite signs warning of moose, we did not see any moose. We did see a number of deer, one with his antlers. The park did not have many people present. I found this surprising given its closeness to Montreal and the leaf colors. Possibly bus tours are discouraged by the fact that half of the road we traversed was gravel.
We took several short hikes mainly to waterfalls. Our first waterfall was more of a rapids, Chutes-Croches. The second was a nice waterfall, reminiscent of MN’s North Shore, the Chute-du-Diable. The road we drove was essentially a circle route; the fourth leg being on a local road that had great color also.
Dinner was in the village and back to our lodging for the night.
Ed and Chris 9/22 9:00 pm