Hiking Québec – Grande Vallée, Chertsey
So often, we travel to faraway places and forget the beauty of our own land. I’ve vowed to change this. Last weekend, I had the pleasure of hiking another local destination: Grande Vallée, an hour and a half north of Montréal, a small park in the Laurentians.
The Laurentians are not a huge range of mountains. Mt Raoul Blanchard, situated north-east of Québec City, is the tallest mountain at 1166 m (3825 ft.), but their rugged beauty harbors the world-renowned Mt. Tremblant and many, many small areas of hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails.
The group I went with, Randonnée Aventure, hires a bus to reach the destination. The leader hands out maps and the marked chosen trails for the day. Each hiker picks his/her own level.
We all started in the parking lot at the trailhead. At trail 2, my friends and I veered off, climbed, and then turned left at trail 6. The scenery was astoundingly beautiful.