The Bear visits the Charlevoix region
Here’s Junior Bear on top of Le Massif last Easter weekend.
It was an exceptionally warm day. Temperatures were over 20 °C, and people were skiing in shorts (myself included)
Le Massif has the highest vertical drop (2425 ft.) of any Canadian ski hill east of the Rocky Mountain. It’s located about 75 km east of Quebec City.
This is part of the Charlevoix region, an exceptionally beautiful area in Eastern Quebec, where rolling mountains meet the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River.
The scenery is quite stunning. From the top of the hill, you can look northeast and see Ile aux Coudres, about 20 km alway.
The island itself is about 5 x 11 km, to give you an idea of the scale. It can be accessed by ferry-boat, from St. Joseph de-la-Rive.
The ski hill is located right next to the navigation lanes of the St. Lawrence Seaway, so it’s not uncommon to see ships passing back and forth during the day. As far as I know, this is the only ski hill where you can look down on ocean-going vessels thousands of feet below you.
Who knows where these ships are going? As far west as Thunder Bay, Ontario? Or Duluth, Wisconsin?
Anyway, the ski hill ends quite abruptly at the river’s edge, right at the town of Petite Rivière St. Francois.
The river is on the verge of becoming the ocean, at this point. The water brackish…not quite salty, not quite fresh.
And yes, there definitely are tides.
One of the highlights was some guy who apparently had a pet fox who liked to hang out around his house.
The critter didn’t seem to be too concerned over “rush-hour” traffic.
While we were in the area, the Bear and I also did a side-trip to check out Baie St. Paul.
And also Ste. Irénée
PS: In case you haven’t noticed, pretty much every town east of Montreal has “saint” or “sainte” in its name. (Either that, or “Notre-Dame”)
I think it must be mandatory, or something.
It just goes to show how prominent the Catholic Church was, when Quebec was first settled in the 1600-1700’s.