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Unread 5 Aug 16, 01:56 AM  
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Quebec 2016 - On y va LIVE - Day 6 Canoeing Down The River


Yet again we woke up very early. Really must try to sleep longer!

After a breakfast of raisin toast and coffee we set off for Mont Tremblant National Park (about a 1h drive).

This is where we ended up - ready for our canoe adventure.



We check in, got our life jackets and paddles and then went to load the kayak and Canadian canoe onto the trailer of a school bus.

The bus drove us the 2km to the start point. We had a pick up time of 4 hours later 12km down the river.



Yes - even the fishing net came with us. Our biggest challenge was how we were going to keep F's diabetes reader dry but we found a waterproof phone plastic case at the cabin so used that (successfully thankfully! ).

We also had food and water!



Our start point - on le rivire de diable - the devil's river.



And off we go. DH was with O in the Canadian canoe and F and I were in the kayak.



One of the rapids section. Bit hairy the first time (years since I have canoed! ) but I soon got the hang of it.



F in full paddle.



The kids deciding it was a bit too hot and taking a dip. It was a lot easier to paddle on my own



Half way point - 6km and 2 hours!



The kids went together (was a day of cooperation and good will between them and begin to get tired. I had the luxury of being with DH who let me not paddle!



Just another view! It went from sandy bank to rock cliffs. There were birds of prey flying around but with my waterproof camera it wasn't easy to get any pictures.



There were thousands of dragonflies. Some were enormous. Quite a few landed on us.

This one stayed on the boat for a good 5 minutes.



After 4 hours and 12km of paddling we got to the end. We were shattered. It had been the hottest day too. But it had been amazing - lots of laughing, splashing and good fun.

We got the bus back and grabbed some drinks to rehydrate us. I chose this ginger pepsi - tasted like the ginger beer I had as a child.



The kids fell asleep almost as soon as we set off. The road was very long. DH thought my photo taking was quite funny but I didn't think this was a bad one. As you can see, rather a lot of trees.

We rested up and then had a bbq - salmon and corn again!



After dinner we went out for an ice cream - O had this brownie concoction. It didn't take long for it to disappear.



F and I went down to the lake to fish. We were rewarded with a swim past by the beaver.



And a lovely setting sun.

Tomorrow - day at the lake. It is our last full day here before we move onto our next adventure.


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A great day more lovely scenery and a lovely sunset

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What an amazing day. It looks so peaceful coming down the river.
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What an amazing day, and so peaceful looking canoeing doing the river.
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it all looks fab & great fun. I'm enjoying reading along
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Wow! Looks amazing- what great fun x
It was an amazing day! My upper arms are still a little tired though

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A great day more lovely scenery and a lovely sunset

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I love sunsets - hoping that next week we get some cracking ones!

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What an amazing day. It looks so peaceful coming down the river.
There were a few other people around at times but generally it was peaceful! Well except for the nouse the kids were making

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Thanks for reading - it was a bit of a last minute decision to have a go but as other have said before me it makes such a nice record of our trip to look back on!
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