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Jessie’s Outdoor Quests
Updated on Jul 31, 2019
All around the Grand lac Saint-François, the Parc National Frontenac offers visitors the opportunity to experience special moments in the heart of nature. Always searching for great open spaces, my Lover and I decided to explore the area during a kayak camping weekend expedition.
When we arrived, we had to register at the park’s Welcome Centre. Those who don’t have a boat can rent all the necessary nautical equipment and a bag of wood is included in the price of your night out, but you have to carry the wood to your campsite. Don’t neglect this information! We hadn’t considered this extra bag (big and heavy) in our supplies so we had to review our strategy.
Once our kayaks were loaded, we headed out! A 7.5 km excursion awaited us to reach our campsite. For our trip, we chose the site furthest away from the Welcome Centre, the Pygargue; Mind you, you can find sites with much shorter paddling distances. In all, there are seven canoe/kayak camp sites throughout the park with, in all, 29 platforms.
Baie Sauvage, where we were headed to, had strong winds and choppy waters that day, but after an hour and a half of paddling, our efforts were rewarded: we arrived at our destination. As soon as we set foot on the site, the wild scent of pines welcomed us. There’s no doubt that nature is the dominant force here.
After having set up our base camp for the night, the only thing left for us to do, was to simply relax and take advantage of this moment. Even though we were sharing the site with three other campers, the area was so peaceful we could hear the sound of a nearby waterfall.
In the evening, we offered ourselves an outing on the water to observe the sun setting over the forest. After all the afternoon agitation, all was now peaceful on the lake. We were all alone. We felt true bliss.
The scenario repeated itself the following morning as we woke up. There’s nothing better than contemplating nature in the morning stillness while savouring a hot cup of coffee. We took advantage of this quiet time to read a bit under the sun’s warm rays. If you’re a fishing enthusiast, you can cast your line, just like our camping neighbours, with the hope of catching a northern pike, a common species in this sector.
As we were packing up, it took a lot of willpower to leave the site. Accessible, only by boat, the canoe/kayak campsites allow you to discover areas magnificently isolated, and the sites offered at the Parc National de Frontenac are no exception… An excursion we’ll surely repeat!
Here are some basic items you’ll need if you’d like to go on a canoe/kayak getaway:
2 metres, 20 seconds, a face covering... You know the drill. This summer, we all need to do our part to make this vacation season both enjoyable and responsible.
(In fact, I can even stand apart.)
(Anyways in #touristmode, I'm in no hurry!)
(Ring ahead to avoid the crowd... it’s that simple!)
(I promise... this is no time to joke around.)
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