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It was that day - after nearly 4 weeks of family time, we needed to come back to reality!

The kids asked if we could go to a bookshop if we had time! And we needed a bag

A plan was hatched!

We got up to rain again! The aim was to be out by 8am- we managed 7.40am - not bad!



First stop was in Maniwaki for breakfast with Timmy

A variety of bagels, muffins and coffee were acquired!!



We chose what on paper was the longest route but probably the least stressful in that it avoided Ottawa and the worst of Montreal.

We headed for Laval for Canadian Tire and then Indigo book shop.

However our plan changed as J and I eventually decided we would be better with a soft bag that we could bring with us each trip as this happens rather a lot

We ended up at the Laval branch of MEC where we got a sturdy soft 90L bag! The nice checkout lady directed us across the road for a food court for lunch!



This was perfect. The kids had teriyaki salmon with rice (best of the holidays!!), J had a prawn stir fry with noodles and I had vegan sushi which was delicious and copious enough that I had half of it for dinner on the plane!!



We had an hour in the bookshop. O found 2 books, F one plus some tsum tsums in the sale and I found a good guide book on San Diego!



We took the car back - the young guy checking us in tried to say we had chipped the windscreen. We told it it had been covered by the resin that was all over the car and that the guy checking us out said not to worry about the resin when I got him to add lots of issues on the car when we got it. He got the manager over who looked at it and said "that's an old chip that has been repaired" - phew!! We have excess insurance but it is a hassle!! We liked the car though - easy to drive and spacious.

We took the shuttle to the airport. We printed out our luggage labels then went to bag drop. Whoops - one bag was 26kg so a reshuffle was done!! Did you know one packing cube can weigh 5kg

The nice man on the desk also let us put through the fishing net as a fifth item, though we had to take it to the oversized luggage desk!



Air Transat's flights all depart from the very end of the terminal. We picked up some food which as a good thing as the flight food was pretty bad and not very copious!



We were called to board on time!

There was a problem as we were in the exit row but as F was in the middle section we thought that was ok (the system let us book it!) but it wasn't. The solution was the guy behind F kindly swapped for take off and landing!



There was s bit if a delay as three passengers were missing! One was the wife of an old passenger - he didn't know where she was, she didn't gave a suitcase and nothing of hers was on his...

The other 2 turned up 20 minutes after departure time! Two elderly passenger - goodness knows where they were!!!

The crew sealed off F's row do nobody used it as a cut through!



It was nice to have the extra legroom. The seats were hard though.

We made up the delay and landed at 6.30am - no sleep was had as it was only 12.30am in Montreal!

We were off quickly, through passport in minutes but waited for ages for the cases (as usual!!). At least they all arrived (fishing net included!!)

We were home by 8am. We all went to bed - I got up at 11.30 so I could go to the local supermarket before it closed at 12.30pm.

It has been a fabulous holiday. Such a treat to spend so much time with the family!

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We awoke to the sound of rain! Oh well - it went with our mood of it being our last day

Breakfast was had, then I did three lots of washing and drying which, once dried I put into packing cubes!

There were some discussions about all the rings! A bit of a difference of opinion (not helped by the fact there was no coffee in the house )



We went into Maniwaki to look at the sports shop which was better than anticipated. They had bags but it was decided (... ) that we would try Dollarama for the laundry type bags that you see sometimes as luggage. They had something(C$2) which J thought might work (and now at 9pm he has decided will not - argggg! )

We had our last stop at the ice cream shop where I tried their iced cappuccino - ok but not great! Too artificial!



The weather was picking up after lunch (a veggie tart and new potatoes) so we decided to do a last trip to the island.



J found a toad in O's canoe - again



On the way over, we decided they would drop me off at a hiking trail.

This was a brave move in that my reputation for both steadiness and directional planning is well documented!



I said goodbye to my transporters and off I went with a bit of intrepidation into the forest!



I stayed on the path and tried to keep note of my surroundings!



It was very picturesque and very quiet - as it us only accessible by boat you don't get a lot of traffic!



One advantage though of being on my own was that I could take lots of photos

Again, there were lots of different fungi. I couldn't work out what the stuff was on the tree trunk - a type of fungi or something else!



Once I got back to the lake after managing not to get completely lost, I called over to my transporters to come and get me!



F paddled over - she tried fishing over where I was as she had only caught six fish so far. However, the thunder started to rumble so J called us back and we headed home!



Not long after getting back - though long enough to get everything inside - it bucketed down.

There was thunder and lightening and it really did rain!

I managed to check us in - the seat plan was still pretty empty so I managed to get us the exit row and F (with her agreement) across the aisle.

I did a last load of washing - all the swim stuff and what we had been wearing today so that we were pretty much all clean!

Dinner of veggie burgers and chips was made and scoffed and the packing was almost completed!



There is still the question of the rings ...



Surprisingly, the rain stopped and much to my delight there was a sunset!

Now we are about all ready! Dishwasher is running, the bins just need to be run up to the bin box and in the morning the beds need to be stripped ! Hopefully we will be off by 8am heading to Montreal!

The last update will be on Sunday!


We were all shattered after yesterday's activity (though I am not sure why as we just sat on a boat most of the day )

Breakfast was pancakes again! Trying to use everything up!

Afterwards, it took some time for us to get moving!

J and O went down to the dock and J did some fishing - no luck though! They had a good father/son chat though! The lake was very calm this morning - in terms of flatness and people being out and about!



I read my kindle sitting on the dock and did my usual wildlife photos! F was also fishing with her nets but also no luck!



This one was smaller than the other day but O was not impressed that it was so near the house!



After a lunch of falafels, salad and pittas we headed out to our fishing island! The lake was still extremely quiet except for someone cutting wood!



O left to go back to do his gym session but we stayed on. F and J fished and I lay down, just relaxing as you do



F had a lot of success - 31 fish. Her dad - zero

They were all released after having been counted!



It had been a hazy day - but the early evening sunlight gave some eerie photos! These were taken on the island or on the way back - it didn't feel as foreboding as the pictures give the impression!



Back at the house we realised that tea pickings were slim so J and I nipped to the "depanneur" (literally to rescue you - like a pick up truck!) - the local grocery shop.

While I like the house a lot, the fan drives me mad. I have hit my head on it once too often! Whoever installed it must have been short!

Dinner done, I started the packing

I also tried to log into the Air Transat site to no avail - it said our reservation was not to be found! I have sent an email to the travel agency (booked through J's work as we get 35% off that way! ) so hopefully they will sort it out before I have to do online check in tomorrow afternoon!

Last full day tomorrow! Though we did reveal to the kids that we are off to SoCal at Christmas - they were a little overwhelmed I think!


We actually had an agenda today - hiring a pontoon and tubing!

J and I were up at 7am and whilst he got the last things together, I made the picnic!

The kids got up, breakfast wad eaten and the car packed - you'd had thought we were going for a week!



We drove over to Blue Sea - they hadn't got our message but it wasn't a problem

The cost for the day was C$260 plus petrol - apparently most people use 10-15 litres ....



Off we went!

You can just make out Mont Morrisette (the right hand hill!!) - the first look out-tower we went up!

Blue Sea Lake is about 10km long - it has lots of inhabited islands - and some very nice properties!



Then it was time for the real event - tubing!!

O went first - he loved it. The boat got up to about 27km/h. He would have happily gone faster!



Then it was F's turn - she did not like it! The problem was that as soon as you hit 10km/h the tube goes under a bit until you get to about 15km/h when it starts to skim the water.

F freaked when it went under so asked to slow down - so she never really hot above 5km/h!



J also had a go but fell off (down to the dodgy driving apparently )

We decided to find calm waters to have lunch - it was pretty cold on the water! I had donated my fleece to F and wore a thicker rash vest!

Lunch was sandwiches, crisps and oat cookies. Water for the kids, Starbucks' cold coffees for the adults!



We surprising passed a small church - what a nice location!!



And a very posh boat house! Bigger than some houses! I love the blue roof - blue or bright red roofs are popular in Quebec!



I was also fascinated that the leave line on the trees next to the water were all the same level. I guess that is the highest water line???



Yes - that is me!

After everyone had another go (even F who was very brave - way out of her comfort zone!!) they were all surprised that I volunteered! As it may have been hinted at , I am not the most confident in water!

I was out about 30 minutes - and we even got up to 30km/h! I do surprise myself sometimes It was a bit disconcerting when the tube went underwater but as soon as the boat sped up it was fun!



O was very adventurous - he knelt up and most of the time was just balancing like that! He danced, he sang and was generally very happy!



We saw this boat - with a tractor and a skip full of gravel! It must have been going to one of the islands for a building project!!



The afternoon continued with O,J and F all tubing again (F still didn't get over her fear of speed ) but they all had fun!

We eventually hot back yo dock at 6pm - 7 1/2 hours and 78km after we had left.

They refilled the tank - we had used 54 litres - the owner thought it was funny that we had managed to do so much in a day! I think most people just potter around! We just wanted to get the most out of it for us all - and we certainly did that!



I drove back - the boys unloaded the car whilst I made dinner - pasta and garlic bread again! Using up what is to hand

A nice sunset again - not as spectacular as yesterday but not bad

Considering we were sitting on a boat most of the day we are all shattered. Three of us are already in bed and the last one is about to go



Another very easy start to the day! It says a lot when you wake up and then manage to roll back over to sleep for another few hours!!

We breakfasted as usual and while the others went back to their respective beds, I knocked up some chocolate muffins!



As the forecast had predicted, it was overcast and we had some rain late morning.

This didn't stop the boys pedaloing across the lake nor F from catching some fish from the deck!



After lunch we headed to our fishing island! O was in the single kayak and the three of us in the Canadian kayak!



There was some fishing done by all - with some success by everyone bar me! I did manage to cast quite well but the nets seemed to have a better track record!



There was some jumping in as well - though I stayed clear if the splash zone this time



O wanted to head back so J supervised him until he docked back at the cottage!



The weather suddenly turned - dark clouds and choppy waters. We got into the canoe and F and J did a sterling job of getting us back quickly! I have to say it was not the most enjoyable 15 minutes I have spent on a boat!



After dinner we headed out to the ice cream shop. We dropped J off at Canadian Tire (how he loves that shop )

O had a chocolate brownie sundae and F and I stuck to our regulars - though I ordered a smaller one than last time and I swear it was bigger - thankfully J came in and helped me finish it off!



We arrived back at the cottage to the most amazing sunset! I managed to take so many photos so here are a sample

I got some things ready for the boat hire tomorrow - hopefully the weather will be nice and the boat hire place got our message on their answerphone! I don't think they have been busy from what they said so hopefully it will all work out!



Another slow start to the day - certainly no timetables to keep here!

A sunny day again!

Breakfast was had! I then made some nutella filled choc chip muffins to feed the starving hoards



We then got ready to go out in the kayak and canoe! First though we had to deal with the wildlife - the toad was hiding in the kayak and I, who was going in it, does not do frogs/toads!



We set off to the right of the house as we knew there were some rapids there.



O tied his boat up and F got out whilst J and I stayed in the canoe!



We then all got out - though I stayed close to the boat as it was very rocky and slippy and I am no goat!!



J and O used the rubber ring I had been sitting on in the boat to run the rapids- they were pretty powerful and it was rocky underneath. Lifejackets were definitely needed!



We headed back to our fishing island - but not to fish!



Though first we discovered this enormous spider - O, who hates spiders in all forms, was not impressed! It was as big as my hand



The game was to jump in -and try to splash me as much as possible



We headed back home for a late lunch - nachos!

Then we drove to Blue Sea Lake as it was the only place we had found to try and rent a boat for the day !!

Success - though we decided to see if it would be tomorrow or Wednesday depending on the weather.

We then drove to Maniwaki for picnic supplies!



One aim of having a boat is for the kids to do tubing - they have been dying to do this but we couldn't find anywhere! Everyone has their own! So we bought one! Luggage home is going to be interesting!!



I also filled up the humming bird containing with sugared water - lets hope we get some!!



Dinner was pasta and garlic bread and I made some peanut butter oat cookies for dessert!



More lake time before coming in about 8.30pm!

Storms forecast for tomorrow so we will make a decision on the plan of action in the morning!!



After the rain of yesterday we woke up to blue skies!

J went for a pre- breakfast swim!

Breakfast was the usual - cereal, bagels, toast - and coffee for the adults!



After breakfast, we took advantage of the sun and messed around by the lake!

An enormous dragonfly came to visit! It must have been 10cm long!



After a pizza and ice cream lunch, we headed to Mont Cayamant for yet another walk. F was not so impressed but the guide book said it was worth the trip for the views!



It was very green with a few mosquitos - they mainly seem to target me and J!



After a while, we commented that we didn't seem to be going very uphill as expected!



Whoops - we should have turned off a long time ago - but the trail we wanted had been signed posted as straight on!

We finished the loop we were on and ended up back at the carpark!

We set out again and this time managed to get on the right trail!



This us looking down but there were 500 steps up! And that was just part of the trek up! How my thighs laughed!



After a steady climb of about 2km ( they lied that it was only 1.5km - both J and I had our activity apps on ) we arrived at the look out tower - 24m high!



No option but to climb to the top after all that effort! What fabulous views awaited us!



Forests and lakes as far as the eye could see!



It really was worth the climb!

Going down was far easier and after a 6km walk we arrived back at the car!

On the way back, we stopped for a Mr Whippy type ice cream as a reward for all that effort!



Dinner was salmon burgers and corn on the cob! All on the BBQ!



We went back down to the lake to catch the last of the sun! This spider's web was on the pontoon! Thankfully for O, no spiders!



And at last, a sunset!



F and J on the rings in the water!



And the final one

I think we are all tired after the walk - not do long but those steps...

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Ontario and Quebec 2017: Day 26 - Coming Home
Ontario and Quebec 2017: Day 25 - Last Day at The Lake
Ontario and Quebec 2017: Day 24 - A Quiet Day At The Lake
Ontario and Quebec 2017: Day 23 - A Boat Trip and Tubing
Ontario and Quebec 2017: Day 22 - Fishing and Sunsets
Ontario and Quebec 2017: Day 21 - Kayaking
Ontario and Quebec 2017: Day 20 - Mont Cayamant and a Sunset
Ontario And Quebec 2017: Day 19 - Maniwaki and Storms
Ontario And Quebec 2017: Day 18 - Mont Morrisette
Ontario And Quebec 2017: Day 17 - Deers, Walks And 19 Fish
Ontario And Quebec 2017: Day 16 - A Hike, A Bear and A Fishing Trip
Ontario And Quebec 2017: Day 15 - Food, Fish and Boats
Ontario And Quebec 2017: Day 14 - Off To The Lake
Ontario And Quebec 2017: Day 13 - Montreal Wax, Cathedral and a Festival
Ontario And Quebec 2017: Day 12 - To Montreal
Ontario And Quebec 2017: Day 11 - Perth, Rapids and Lombardy Fair
Ontario And Quebec 2017: Day 10 - Perth and a Long Rapids Run
Ontario And Quebec 2017: Day 9 - Baird's Trail and More Rafting
Ontario And Quebec 2017: Day 8 - A Long Raft And Shopping
Ontario And Quebec 2017: Day 7 - Shopping and Riding the Rapids
Ontario And Quebec 2017: Day 6 - Messing Around on the River and an Old Friend
Ontario And Quebec 2017: Day 5 - River Otter Cabin
Ontario And Quebec 2017: Day 4 - Topiaries, Museum Of History And Night Lights
Ontario And Quebec 2017: Day 3 - Ottawa Bike Tour and a Very Big Spider
Ontario and Quebec 2017: Day 2 - Parliament Hill, Outlets and AG
Ontario and Quebec 2017: Day 1 - Travel Day
Ontario and Quebec 2017: Pre-Trip Introductions
EUROCAMP: A Long Weekend On The French Atlantic Coast - Day 4 The Beach Again And Coming Home
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EUROCAMP: A Long Weekend On The French Atlantic Coast - Day 2 Surfing And Sun
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A Fairytale in New York Christmas 2016 - Day 6 Intrepid and Top of the Rock
A Fairytale in New York Christmas 2016 - Day 5 Highline, 9/11 Memorial and Shopping
A Fairytale in New York Christmas 2016 - Day 4 ESB and Brooklyn Bridge
A Fairytale in New York Christmas 2016 - Day 3 Metropolitan Museum And Carols
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A Fairytale in New York Christmas 2016 - Day 1 Meeting Santa
A Fairytale in New York Christmas 2016 - Day 0 Travel Day
A Fairytale in New York Christmas 2016 - Pre-Trip Report
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Kuala Lumpar 2016 LIVE - All By Myself: Day 2 - Still Travelling
Kuala Lumpar 2016 LIVE - All By Myself: Day 1- Travel Part 1
Quebec 2016 - On y va LIVE - Day 24 - Botanic Gardens And Home
Quebec 2016 - On y va LIVE - Day 23 - Wet And Wild
Quebec 2016 - On y va LIVE - Day 22 - A Pompei Impact
Quebec 2016 - On y va LIVE - Day 21 - Montreal And Shopping
Quebec 2016 - On y va LIVE - Day 20 - Walking And Tubing - Again!!
Quebec 2016 - On y va LIVE - Day 19 - S'more Messing Around On The River
Quebec 2016 - On y va LIVE - Day 18 - Walks And Lac Edouard
Quebec 2016 - On y va LIVE - Day 17 - Exploring La Tuque
Quebec 2016 - On y va LIVE - Day 16 - Le Bostonnais
Quebec 2016 - On y va LIVE - Day 15 - A Bit Of Culture
Quebec 2016 - On y va LIVE - Day 14 - Whale Watching
Quebec 2016 - On y va LIVE - Day 13 - Lac De L'Est
Quebec 2016 - On y va LIVE - Day 12 - Messing Around On The River
Quebec 2016 - On y va LIVE - Day 11 - Kamouraska And The River
Quebec 2016 - On y va LIVE - Day 10 - Down On The Beach
Quebec 2016 - On y va LIVE - Day 9 - Quebec City And A New House
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