Tiny Travelogue: Mont Tremblant National Park

Mont-Tremblant National Park

Location: Mont-Tremblant National Park, Quebec

Length of Trip: Three days, two nights (July 2013)

Purpose of Trip:  Fun, swimming, campfires, and general outdoorsy-ness

Method of Transportation:  Henry the Honda

Food: chili, grilled cheese, chips, wine, hot dogs, grilled veggies, corn on the cob, peanut butter cookies and other delicious food

Accommodations: Instead of camping, we opted for more of a ‘glamping’ trip.  We stayed in an adorable little cabin called “La Mesange”, which was on Lac Provost in the La Pimbina section of the park.  The cabin had a nice loft you could sleep in, as well as a separate bedroom.  Oh, and it had its own bathroom with a shower and everything!  It was well stocked with pretty much everything you need for cooking (small fridge, stove-top, microwave, toaster oven, coffeemaker, pots, pans, utensils, plates, cups, mugs etc.)  And the best part was it was located right next to a really nice beach.  Overall, it was pretty amazing.

Highlights:  The best part of this trip was definitely the swimming in Lac Provost and the relaxing on the beach.  The cabin itself was also pretty great. 

In addition to swimming, we also did some “hiking”.  I feel the need to use quotation marks because to me, “real hiking” is more grueling and involves mountains.  Real mountains, like in the Rockies.  None of this “big hill that we call a mountain” business.  The first trail we did was L’ Envol, which took us about 1 hour.  It had nice views and was definitely worth doing.  We also did the Chutes-Aux-Rats hike.  It took us 2 hours, and didn’t really have much to see along the way.  Basically just some walking in the woods.  There was a really nice waterfall at the end but, it was a bit disappointing (after walking for two hours in the heat) to find out that you could easily just drive there.  I mean, I’m not one to advocate driving places but… it would have just been a short drive up the road.  Maybe use your hiking energies for something else.

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Tiny Travelogue: Quebec City

Quebec City

Location: Quebec City, Quebec

Length of Trip: Two days, one night (May 2013)

Purpose of Trip:  Official Librarian Business (ie. travel for work)

Method of Transportation:  Airplane

Food: When traveling, I usually try to scout for restaurants in advance.  Being a non-meat eater does prove to be a bit restrictive at times, so I like to find a few options in advance.  I also really hate walking around trying to find somewhere to eat, especially when I’m hungry.  Unfortunately, the restaurant I had pre-selected in Quebec decided to close the day before I arrived, unbeknownst to me.  So I ended up wandering around and just picked the first place that was 1) not too expensive 2) had a veggie option 3) wasn’t just a sandwich place.  I ended up eating at La Piazetta.  It was just okay.  Nothing spectacular, but no complaints either.  I also obtained a snack from a little grocery store called La Carotte Joyeuse.  I highly recommend getting food at a grocery store when traveling – you can usually find something cheap and healthy, especially if you just want a snack like fruit or a cookie (my snack exactly, actually).

Accomodations:  I stayed at Le Grande-Allee Hotel and Suites.  It had the feel of a B & B, but with all the privacy and amenities of a regular hotel.  My room was really cute.  It had a little fireplace and a huge spa bathtub.  The tub was in the main part of the room, rather than the bathroom, so as you can imagine, I ate my dinner in the tub while watching TV.  I really had no choice.

Highlights:  This trip was quite short and mostly spent doing work-related things (it was a business trip after all), so I didn’t really get to do anything fun.  I’d say the highlight of the trip was the hotel!  I’d also recommend walking around the old part of the city.