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A Taste of the Wild '' in the Wild Pointe-des-Cascades

Date of the hike:    Sunday 08 November 2015

Location:                Pointe-des-Cascades

$ Cost:                    0

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“A Taste of the Wild – in the Wild” Pointe des Cascades hike 

Leader: Alan Gibb

Sweeper: Barb Gibb

LevelEasy -   Levels of difficulty for hikes

Distance: approx. 7.5 km 

Ascent: none

Hike Description:

On Sunday November 8, join Alan and Barb Gibb on a hike on the trails in Pointe des Cascades where you will have the opportunity to walk along sections of the old Soulanges Canal and view the area from unique vantage points.  We will pass through a few corridors of staghorn sumac before heading towards the St. Lawrence River. Depending on the weather, either midway - at the picnic spot along the St. Lawrence or at the end of the hike under the shelter, you are welcome to sample “BarbAl’s sumac lemonade” and a dip made with sumac, a rich source of Vitamin C and learn about this interesting plant, sometimes referred to as the pink lemon tree of the north. Afterwards you may wander through the Anchor Park to view some of the historic pieces that were dredged or found in the nearby waterways.

Wear good hiking shoes. Trekking poles are optional. Dress for the weather, in layers and don’t forget to bring water.

Please click here if you are planning on attending so we will have an idea of the number of participants. 

Facilities: There is a port-a-potty across the street from the Anchor Park.

Directions

From (Rte 20) in Dorion

  •  Turn onto Chemin de Lotbinière/QC-338 O (sign for Pointe-des-Cascades)
  •  Continue on QC-338 O (6,5 km)
  •  Turn left onto Avenue des Cascades  (130 m)
  •  Turn right onto Rue Centrale   (350 m)
  •  Turn left onto Chemin du Fleuve  (130 m)
  •  Continue on Chemin Du Fleuve up to the parking lot in front of civic # 62.

Rendezvous is at 9:00 am at the parking of the Soulanges Canal cycling trail, in front of St.Pierre Park, in Pointe-des-Cascades. http://goo.gl/maps/RduK

We will start the hike at 9:10a.m.

For information, contact: Barb 438-350-1053

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2015-08-11 A taste of the wild – in the wild in Pointe des Cascades Hike Report

Date of hike: Sunday, November 08, 2015

Name of Trail: Loop in Pointe des Cascades between the old Soulanges Canal and St. Lawrence River

Leader(s) for the hike and # of hikers: Leaders - Alan and Barbara Gibb with 23 members & 2 guests

Distance/approx. time: 6.78 km in 2 hrs. (plus 15 minutes for the tasting picnic)

Brief description of trail (terrain/degree of difficulty): It is an easy trail that loops between the St. Lawrence and an old abandoned shipping canal, the Soulanges. We skirted the water’s edge for a good part of the hike and headed out to the most easterly point on the old canal. It was 3 deg. C and breezy particularly at the southeast corner but warmed up to 7 deg. C for comfortable weather for the tasting picnic.

Points of Interest/landmarks. There were a number of brief stops where participants were given interesting facts on the sumac tree, some modelled “sumac antlers” (staghorn sumac is misnamed as the velvety branches are more like antlers than horns) and tasted some of the hairy fruit clusters. Thank you to Martin who gave an interesting brief history of the building of the canals in the area. We returned via the Theatre des Cascades/camping road where the old Cascades canal originated on Lac St.Louis, then passed through the Anchor Park and then enjoyed a tasting picnic of Sumac lemonade and crudities with a sumac spiced dip.

Seasonal availability: 4 season although the portapotty is only accessible until the end of October.

Access Point (noting facilities if available): Access from parking across from the playground.

PHOTOS

Please note that pets are not allowed on hikes.

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 and the participant guidelines, 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.

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 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. 

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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