Sunday, December 26, 2010

Parc du Mont Morissette - Blue Sea Lake

After a scenic 1h15m drive (or 94 km) north of Parliament Hill (in Ottawa, ON), we arrived at the Mont-Morissette regional park in the municipality of Blue Sea Lake.

Located here , this regional park offers a free network of trails (3 trails totaling 13km) and a shelter with a wood stove next to lookout with a breathtaking view of the surrounding lakes and hills.

We chose the Intermediate Trail #1 leading up to the summit. A bit more than 1km long, it provides a good workout with a good vertical rise.

As you reach the summit, you will see two towers. One is a communication antenna used by local radio station CHGA. The other one is an abandoned fire-lookout tower. Despite having been closed to the public for over 30 years, it was always tempting to climb to the top of the tower for an incredible view of the surrounding area. This past year, the old wooden steps were removed, making the climb up almost impossible.

A few hundred meters further awaits a heated shelter with wooden stove and two large picnic tables.

Next to the shelter is a platform with a small picnic table.

From this platform, the view of the lakes and majestic pines on surrounding mountains is fabulous.

The quantity of deer tracks in the area was impressive, obviously a popular spot for these animals. We were probably too noisy and scared the deer into the forest. The only mammal brave enough to stick around what this guy below.

On the way back down, we opted for the easier main access road with lots of powder on each side.

A very nice trail in quiet surroundings with an impressive view, a very satisfying day in woods!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Altas 1230 Snowshoes Strapped to North Face Patrol 35 Packsack

If you read my post on choices of backpacks for snowshoeing, you'll know that I opted for the North Face Patrol 35.

Here's a picture of me with my Atlas 1230 snowshoes strapped to the back of the lightly loaded pack.

I've taken the pack out a number of times on 2-4 hour hikes. This was the first time with it on a snowshoeing outing. So far, still very satisfied with this pack.

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Sunday, December 05, 2010

Kayaking Today on Meech Lake in Gatineau Park

Picture taken this afternoon of a brave soul on a relaxing paddle on Meech Lake

Outside air temperature was -4 deg. C (25 deg F.).

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