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St Patrick's Day Hike in Cap-Saint-Jacques Nature-Park

Date of the hike:    Sunday 17 March 2013

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St Patrick's Day Hike in Cap-Saint-Jacques Nature Park

Your own heritage need not be hid

But Ramblers, please do as we bid

On March seventeen

You’re asked to wear green

Or you might say “IRISH” I did!

 

Leader and sweeper: Barb and Alan Gibb

Level: Easy

Distance : 5.5 km 

On Sunday, March 17th, Alan and Barb will lead us on a 5.5km snowshoe hike through deciduous forest in the Cap St. Jacques Nature Park, Montreal’s largest park. Bring hiking boots and crampons just in case spring decides to arrive early.

For those who wish to exercise their brains as well as their bodies, you are invited to bring along a (hiking) limerick to share with the group in the welcome centre after the hike. It is also a nice place to have a snack.

For ambitious hikers, you may want to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the welcome centre before setting out to cross country ski or hike some of the other trails in the park in the afternoon.  Indoor facilities open at 9:30am.

$: Parking is $9.00 (payable by credit or debit card)

Carpool:

If you wish to carpool, meet at the Designer outlet parking lot on Hwy 342/Harwood  (Fashionwear side) in time for an 8:20am departure.  Rendezvous in the parking lot at Cap St. Jacques at 9 a.m. for a 9:10 departure.  Dress for the weather, in layers and bring your water bottle.

Don’t forget to wear something green – the Ramblers will be a force to be seen!

Map co-ordinates - Link:http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=2906+Route+Harwood,+J7T+2H7&daddr=183+Chemin+Cap+St-Jacques,+Pierrefonds,+QC&hl=en&geocode=FZ5ytQIdvkuU-ykde_OcKTXJTDF6NMyS1vRkBg%3BFZK9tQIdDueX-w&gl=ca&mra=ls&sll=45.458445,-74.139218&sspn=0.01189,0.027509&ie=UTF8&ll=45.416768,-74.09111&spn=0.209182,0.44014&t=h&z=11 

http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/pls/portal/docs/page/parcs_fr/media/documents/Carte_hiver_Capstjacques.pdf

Members should have their card at each hike. The membership fees may be paid by cheque or with Paypal.

N.B. Guests are welcome and members are encouraged to invite interested individuals who can participate in our sanctioned activities once for free. Guests must register at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. After one free event, returning guests will be invited to join the Ramblers Association and pay the annual membership fee. Those people who, after using their free pass want to participate but not join will be obliged to pay $10 per outing.

All persons who participate in a Ramblers Club activity acknowledge having read, understood and accepted the Club’s policies and waiver, as posted on the website at www.lesrara.ca, and agree to abide by them.

NOTICE: Ramblers Association hikes are held rain or shine and will only be cancelled in the case of extreme weather conditions, such as an ice storm or thunderstorms. If a hike is cancelled for these reasons an email will be sent to all members and other people on our mailing list one (1) hour before the event is due to start. This cancellation notice will also appear on our website.

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Date of hike:  March 17/13 – St. Patrick’s Day

Name of Trail (if applicable): Winter Pedestrian Trail at Cap St. Jacques

Leader(s) for the hike and # of hikers:  Alan & Barb Gibb with 26 hikers including 2 guests – all sporting something green!

Distance/approx. time:  We covered approx. 7.5 km in 1hr. 45min.

Brief description of trail (terrain/degree of difficulty): This was an easy hike on a beautiful, crisp sunny morning. The snow was hard packed so we ditched the snowshoes and wore our boots (some with crampons), hiking on trails and occasionally on country lanes.   


Points of interest/landmarks (could include photos): Most hikers wore or carried something green to celebrate the occasion – so the Ramblers were a force to be seen.  We stopped for a brief visit at the barn to see the animals including cute week old and day old lambs. We detoured to take in the view of the lake at Chateau Gohier then proceeded through the woods where many of the maples wore buckets for collecting sap. We passed the Sugar Shack en route to the Welcome Centre where many of the hikers snacked on shamrock shaped cookies graciously supplied by Anne and listened to the limerick compositions. Robin was the lucky winner of the holiday themed gift bag of Irish Spring!  And the limericks are:

There once was a hiker who rambled

She wasn’t sure where to meet - so she gambled

She ended up confused                     

Couldn’t find the rendezvous

And so the hike went on without her!.

By Robin (& illustrated with a leprechaun)


The Ramblers, they did as we bade

Wore green – such a sight that they made!

With a lilt in their step

They walked with such pep

Making their own St. Paddy’s Parade!

By Barb

There was a group of hikers called Ramblers

And some of them were also canoe paddlers

But one thing for sure

They loved the outdoors

And that’s really all that matters.

By Jennifer and Bob

­­We stand in a forest of ash

Which will soon be put into trash

Because a man named Steven

Thinks science is heathen

And maples are next but not last.

By Alan

PHOTOS

Seasonal availability: Four Season

Access Point (noting facilities if available):  The main parking lot is at the Welcome Centre (east end). Parking rates are $6 for 2 hours or $9 for the day. Note that they do check the vehicles for parking stickers. There is an outhouse there and some along the route. Indoor washroom facilities open at 9:30 am in the Welcome Centre.  The main chalet has a canteen and cross country ski rentals and a waxing shed. Along the route you may visit La Petite Ferme with its barn with farm animals and the greenhouse. The sugar shack has a small restaurant.

sign no animals  Please take note that pets are not allowed on hikes.

Members should have their card at each hike. The membership fees have to be paid by check or by Interac.

N.B. Guests are welcome and members are encouraged to invite interested individuals who can participate in our sanctioned activities once for free. Guests must register at invite-guest@lesrara.ca. After one free event, returning guests will be invited to join the Ramblers Association and pay the annual membership fee. Those people who, after using their free pass want to participate but not join will be obliged to pay $10 per outing.

All persons who participate in a Ramblers Club activity acknowledge having read, understood and accepted theClub’s policies and waiver, as posted on the website at www.lesrara.ca, and agree to abide by them.

NOTICE: Ramblers Association hikes are held rain or shine and will only be cancelled in the case of extreme weather conditions, such as an ice storm or thunderstorms. If a hike is cancelled for these reasons an email will be sent to all members and other people on our mailing list one (1) hour before the event is due to start. This cancellation notice will also appear on our website.

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