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Plaisance National Park

Date of the hike:    Saturday 20 April 2013

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Plaisance National Park

Leader : Anne Bourel

Distance:  8 to 20 km 

Level: Easy

In celebration of Spring,  the Ramblers invite you to spend Saturday, April 20  in Plaisance National park,  on the edge of the Ottawa River. In spring, Plaisance puts on a dazzling performance starring thousands of Canada Geese and ducks. We have the choice   of several trails and  will decide on which one  to hike depending on weather conditions.

There are many easy trails.We are assured of being able to walk on the trails which are  shared between cyclists and pedestrians: the Petite-Presqu'île Trail (20 km round trip) or the Grande-Presqu'île Trail (9 km round trip). If the designated hiking trails are ‘’walkable’’, we will hike on:Les Baies, 5.5 km (round trip), La Sarcelle, 3 km (round trip), Le Carouge, 2.5 km (round trip) and La Zizanie des Marais,a 1 km (loop),   which features a floating Boardwalk and observation tower. 

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Plaisance National Park will open its doors officially in 2013 on April 27;  however, the gate house will be open  as early as mid-April.

After the hike in the Park, we will take the cars and drive on the other side of the village to the  Plaisance Falls ; we will have a picnic on the banks of Petite-Nation River; it is possible to walk on a 2 km trail while discovering  North Nation Mills and the Heritage Centre . The scenery is breathtaking.

Plaisance Falls: Fees  $4 per person (group rate).

 
Plaisance Park Fees:
Entrance fees are $ 6.50 per person. If we are 15 people or more, we will be able to benefit from the $ 5.75 per person group rate.
No facilities when the welcome centre is closed.
 
Carpool: Register for this hike by clicking on LIST and specify whether you want to carpool.
Meet at 8 am at the Hudson Shopping Centre, 3100 Harwood, Hudson; we will leave  at 8:15.
The drive should not take more than an hour. We will meet at the Visitor Centre at 9:30 a.m.
 
Bring a lunch as well as water.
 
Waterproof hiking boots might be necessary and bring an extra pair of shoes for the return trip home.
 
If you have them, bring binoculars for better observation of the birds.

Directions to Plaisance : http://maps.google.ca/maps?saddr=Saint-Lazare,+QC&daddr=Plaisance+at+1001+Chemin+des+Presqu'iles.&hl=fr&ll=45.416768,-74.613647&spn=0.518618,1.234589&sll=53.796105,-68.44248&sspn=28.145746,79.013672&geocode=FQW_tAIdW7-U-ymLpFgAfErJTDFvUDC9Ht5PQw%3BFVLStwIdXEaG-yHxUwwtNayxfynda5NBvlzOTDHxUwwtNayxfw&oq=saint-lazare&mra=ls&t=m&z=10

In the village, turn left on Chemin es Presqu'îles.

It is possible to take Highway 50 W from Hawkesbury; exit 197:Montée Papineau/Plaisance. 

Information on the Park creation

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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Leaders : Anne, Alain

Sweaper: Édith

Level: Easy

On Saturday, April 20,  15 members met at the Hudson Shopping Centre to carpool to Plaisance National Park,  6 other members joined us at the park for a total of 21 hikers. We left  the Hudson area in brisk weather but en route to Plaisance, we feared the hike would have to be cancelled because of sudden inclement weather conditions – a combination of ice pellets, snow and rain.

When we arrived at the Plaisance National Park around 9:00 a.m., we were very pleased to see that the Welcome Centre was open so members were allowed to use the facilities, purchase souvenirs and because of our numbers, we were able to take advantage of the group rate of $5.75 per person.  We also enjoyed our lunch in the bright lunchroom and were able to enjoy fresh coffee for a nominal fee. 

Most of the trails were passable although some bushwacking was necessary in wetter areas. At one point, near the end of the hike, the trail was flooded and  deep so two members turned back to follow the road and met us at the Welcome Centre.

We hiked on the Les Baies  hiking trail and visited ''Le Refuge'' an observatory which was home to a number of racoons. Some of the group missed that turn and continued along the trail. The two groups reunited shortly afterwards thanks to modern technology – I called Edith via cell phone. We continued on La Zizanie-des-Marais where numerous photographs were taken on or of or from the floating boardwalk and lookout tower.  From there we walked the Le Carouge trail finishing with the La Sarcelle trail. The hike was short but intense with beautiful scenery overshadowed by dark clouds and the threat of inclement weather.

After the hike and lunch, we drove to the other side of the village and enjoyed  the magnificence  of the beautiful Plaisance Falls . Everyone went to the end of the trail (1 km) to take in the  spectacular sight and thunderous roar of the the falls and churning river. There were numerous stops at all lookouts to photograph this wonderous sight of nature.

On the return home, many of the hikers stopped at the cheese factory in Plaisance -  to buy some local products.

Everyone was pleased with this hike.

Anne Bourel

April 20,  2013

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Michel's PHOTOS 

and Michèle's PHOTOS 

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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