Time to go BIG: La Mauricie National Park

After three meetups with incredible attendance, it is time for us to leave Montreal and explore the beautiful natural scenery that Quebec has to offer.

Join me in exploring La Mauricie National Park in the Laurentian mountains, a 536-km2 Canadian National Park, at around 2 hours drive from Montreal. La Mauricie National Park’s landscape is one of  myriads of hills, forests and watercourses. It is a huge area, but fortunately there is a road with several hiking possibilities and lookouts that makes its way through the southern section of the park. It will be a wonderful outdoors and photography experience!

For maps of the park and of hiking trails, please visit: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/qc/mauricie/visit/carte-map.aspx

The idea is to meet at 11:00 am at Shewenegan, a short drive from the Saint-Mathieu entrance. There are rest rooms and a snack-bar. It probably is a good idea for everyone to bring their own food supplies, since there seem to be no restaurants in the park. We will go back onto the road and explore the park, pulling off at viewing points and at a trail or two we would like to hike. Everyone is free to pursue their own interests, and I anticipate that the group will spread out over the course of the day. I have not been to this park before, so I do not know the best hikes or viewpoints. I will investigate further and make some suggestions in the next few days.

We leave the park after sunset and make our way back to Montreal. We can always visit Shawinigan for a well deserved dinner .

To save on gas, sharing your ride would be the best way to go. To those of you offering a ride, thank you, but please do so only if you are confident that you will be able to attend.

I will flesh this communication out more over the next few days but I thought I would announce this trip as soon as possible so that those who are interested have the time to plan ahead.

I hope to see you there!


Kind regards,

Christoph


 


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    • Christoph F.

      Thanks for sharing, Heather. Very nice!

      August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you all for a great time. Glad to have been a part of this!

    1 · July 28, 2013

  • Santiago

    Rained for a few minutes just before we started. Then, it gradually cleared, completely! Had a great time!

    2 · July 22, 2013

    • Heather

      thanks for the last minute ride home Santiago!

      July 24, 2013

    • Santiago

      You're welcome! Good company is always fun.

      1 · July 26, 2013

  • Natalie S.

    I was just going through all the pics and comments, looks like you all had a great time. Beautiful pictures, and loved to see the different techniques you all used. Wish I could have been there. Oh Ya.... think Tony needs a tri pod ;)

    July 26, 2013

    • Tony R.

      I have 4, I just need to bring it.
      Please, remind me next time :)

      July 26, 2013

  • Tony R.

    Its the ambience, the group that made it a great outing.

    2 · July 21, 2013

    • Heather

      thank you for the ride Tony!

      July 24, 2013

    • Tony R.

      thanks for the company

      1 · July 24, 2013

  • Heather

    Perfect day! Small hike, beautiful park, good people and a little canoe ride :)

    1 · July 22, 2013

    • Maha

      I just uploaded a picture of a girl crossing the bridge, and I'm pretty sure it's you, right?

      July 23, 2013

    • Heather

      Yeah, that's me :) Nice shot, thanks.

      1 · July 23, 2013

  • Christoph F.

    Thanks everyone for being such a great group. The people and the outdoors always make this fun. I really enjoyed myself!

    I hope to see you guys again soon!

    2 · July 22, 2013

  • kevin y.

    It was a blast!

    2 · July 21, 2013

  • Maha

    I had a great time!

    2 · July 21, 2013

  • Dave M.

    pictures people!

    July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Super

    2 · July 20, 2013

  • Angela

    Excellent!

    2 · July 20, 2013

  • Rachid

    Great

    2 · July 20, 2013

  • Nouf

    Does anyone have a space in their car? I'd appreciate a ride!

    1 · July 7, 2013

    • Nouf

      Yes, any changes in your plans?

      July 19, 2013

    • Heather

      I don't know if you saw Tony's post, we are meeting at the ultramar gas station accross the street from St-Michel Metro at 9:00.

      July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For Angela, Chloe, Yuki and Rachid, that take around 2 h to go to shawinigan, in the meeting point. I can take you at 9 am saturday 20 at Metro Lionel Groulx, on Atwater street

    July 12, 2013

    • Maha

      Thanks Pierre-Marie! See you tomorrow!

      July 19, 2013

    • yuki

      Thank you Poerre-marie!I'll message you my number. because I worried if I can find you.

      July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be coming from Plattsburgh and have room for 3 people. I would only ask that you help split the fuel costs. I'm not very familiar with the metro stops in Montreal, but this is the route I was planning on taking through the city: http://imgur.com/f43lCz8. Where would be a convenient place to pick up people?

    1 · July 16, 2013

    • Émilie

      Hello are you OK to pick me up tomorow at metro Longueuil please ?

      1 · July 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes! 8:40AM at the main exit. I will be in a grey 1989 Toyota Camry (the hood is a garish white though, due to some body work I haven't had a chance to get painted)

      1 · July 19, 2013

  • Tony R.

    To Heather, Nouf and Lisa.
    Are we still on schedule for tomorrow 9 am at the Ultramar, across the street from the St-Michel metro?

    July 19, 2013

    • Tony R.

      Oh forgot, I have a sand color chevy malibu maxx

      July 19, 2013

  • Tony R.

    Hi,

    To Heather, Maha and Nouf, please meet me across the street at the Ultramar gas station. It will be less confusing. I will fill up before leaving and fill up when we return and we can split the expense.
    A lot easier than guessing.

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • Maha

      Hi Tony! I will get a ride with Pierre-Marie instead since the pick up is right down where I live, outside Lionel Groulx station. I hope that's OK. I'll see you there! :)

      July 19, 2013

    • Tony R.

      It's fine with me.

      July 19, 2013

  • Adrian N.

    Sorry something came up unable to attend... Have fun shooting

    July 19, 2013

  • Yen K.

    Wow High Heat Warning today in Quebec.. How about tomorrow? Will us...survive... XD?

    July 19, 2013

  • Santiago

    Hi all, I am offering a ride to 2 or 3 passengers. I live in the west island so most areas in Montreal are on the way. Let me know where you need to be picked up!

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • Santiago

      I have 1 more spot available. Send me an email if you need a ride.

      July 18, 2013

    • Keshav A.

      Hi Santiago,

      Can you please tell me where would you like to meet for pickup?

      Thanks,

      July 19, 2013

  • Heather

    I was thinking of renting a canoe or kayak for a bit. Anyone else want to go out on the water?

    1 · July 17, 2013

    • Maha

      Well then I would go for it too! :)

      1 · July 18, 2013

    • Tony R.

      Well, I can always paddle the yacht as you take the pics :)

      1 · July 18, 2013

  • Christoph F.

    Here is the latest ride share update.

    There are enough rides being offered and everybody should be able to get a spot.


    Those who need a ride:
    ------------------------------

    Georges
    Lisa
    Dave Myself


    Those who are offering a ride:
    ---------------------------------------

    Christoph: Jacopo, 2 spots free.

    Daniel: Yen +1; 1 spot free, Metro Longueuil, 9 am

    Santiago: Gala and Keshav, 1 spot free.

    Daud: Hamed +1?

    Pierre-Marie: Angela, Chloe, Yuki, 1 spot free.
    9 am Metro Liounel Groulx

    Tony: Heather , Nouf and Maha.
    9 am at St-Michel Metro.

    Mik: Jessica, Pablo, Kevin, Rachid, at De La Savane Metro. Time?


    Thanks!

    July 18, 2013

    • Maha

      Thanks Christoph! Now I'm wondering if I could still get a ride with Pierre-Marie instead since I live right next to Lionel Groulx!

      July 18, 2013

  • Daud

    I can give a ride for 2 people

    July 17, 2013

    • Hamed

      Hi Daud, We need ride for two, do you still have two free space?

      July 17, 2013

  • Tony R.

    I spoke to my friend across the street from me and he said when they have to go out for work purposes. They rent a mini van that can carry 12 or more people. Discount Auto.
    Could be worth looking into it.

    2 · July 11, 2013

    • Tony R.

      I just went to look, out of their minds.
      You can get a intermediate car for $60 for 2 days
      split that 4 ways

      July 15, 2013

    • Tony R.

      Dave, if you are still interested in getting a mini van.
      I called them up and got a better rate than the one on the internet. $159, with insurance. 400km free, after that its 18c per km.
      Cheaper than 290.
      It seats 7, so if you decide and divide it comes out to about $30 per person + gas.

      July 16, 2013

  • Christoph F.

    I am offering a ride. 2 passengers, perhaps 3, depending on whether I bring someone else. I live in Plateau Mont-Royal. Let me know where you need to be picked up!

    July 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi! I live in the plateau too and I am looking for a ride, if you still have a free slot. I could come anywhere it is comfortable for you

      July 16, 2013

  • Santiago

    July 20, moonrise will be at around 6:30pm at azimuth 118. That's 28 degrees South of East. Photo Op!

    July 16, 2013

  • Tony R.

    Entrance fee is Adult $7.80
    School Group rate is $2.90

    Can we say we're your students :D

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • MikMtl

    Hi, uploaded a draft of the route:
    http://goo.gl/maps/QDs8a
    Just zoom to Point B, and switch to Satellite mode. Point B (parking lot) is near to which I think is Shewenegan,the meeting point.
    Please let me know any inaccuracy.

    July 15, 2013

    • Santiago

      I agree. Shewenegan should be just North of that point. I assume there will be signs in the park pointing the way. For GPS navigation, as MikMtl points out in the map, the coordinates are[masked],[masked]

      July 16, 2013

  • Santiago

    I will come. It's 2 hours 16 minutes from Kirkland.

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • louis s.

    I have my own event that same day.

    1 · July 14, 2013

    • Christoph F.

      I hope to see you at a future meetup, Louis!

      July 15, 2013

  • MikMtl

    Hi, four spots available, will be coming from the West Island, can pick up from/drop at De la Savane metro station.
    Msg me privately so that this thread doesn't get bloated and no one receives unwanted emails :).

    July 12, 2013

  • Christoph F.

    I see there is some confusion regarding where we meet. We meet at 11:00 am INSIDE the park at Shewenegan, a short drive from the Saint-Mathieu entrance. You can see it on the park map which you can find at http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/q... . The name is surprisingly similar to that of the town Shawinigan, outside the park, where we have the option of having dinner when we drive home.

    Hope this helps!

    July 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hello Christoph, the link for the meeting point doesn't work. Can you give us a sure one?

      1 · July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can offer a lift to 3 people

    July 12, 2013

    • Rachid

      Can I get a ride too?

      July 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok Rachid! Now I have Angela, Chloe, Yuki and you. Four people. The count is good.

      July 12, 2013

  • kevin y.

    I just get into the group and I am wondering can I get a ride from someone. I live at the downtown area. Thank you!

    July 12, 2013

  • Angela

    Hi Pierre-marie,
    Do you have one spot available for me? Thank you.

    July 12, 2013

  • Tony R.

    Christoph,
    where are we going to meet in Shawinigan?

    July 8, 2013

    • Tony R.

      Hi Christoph,
      I thought we were meeting in Shawinigan?
      Then driving to the park.

      1 · July 10, 2013

    • Christoph F.

      Hi Tony, we meet at 11:00 am inside the park at Shewenegan, a short drive from the Saint-Mathieu entrance. You can see it on the park map which you can find at http://www.pc.gc.ca/e...­... . The name is surprisingly similar to that of the town Shawinigan, outside the park, where we have the option of having dinner when we drive home.

      Hope this helps!

      July 11, 2013

  • Chloe G.

    For people who need a ride but haven't found yet. I suggest we can rent a car together and share the cost.

    July 9, 2013

    • Chloe G.

      Unfortunately, I haven't got my driving license yet :(

      July 10, 2013

    • Dave M.

      I can drive, but we'll probably need more than 1 Minivan

      July 10, 2013

  • Angela

    Hi, I am looking for a ride. Thank you.

    July 10, 2013

  • Blair

    Already signed up for another meetup.

    1 · July 8, 2013

    • Christoph F.

      The next meetup then, Blair. It will probably be further into Quebec!

      July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like a great adventure, but unfortunately, I am not available. Have a great time and thanks for organizing such great events, Christoph!

    1 · July 7, 2013

    • Christoph F.

      You are very welcome Ellie! I hope to see you at the next meetup, in the not too distant future!

      July 10, 2013

  • Christoph F.

    Hi everyone,

    I will be posting my usual ride share update soon. We still have almost two weeks to go - so I am sure we will be able to accommodate everyone.

    1 · July 10, 2013

  • Laurence

    I need a ride

    July 9, 2013

  • Tony R.

    I have room for 3 people.

    July 7, 2013

    • Tony R.

      I have no clue yet!

      July 8, 2013

    • Maha

      OK :)

      July 8, 2013

  • Gala

    I need a ride too...

    July 8, 2013

  • Rachid

    Ok I still need a ride!

    July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, would be great if I could get a ride with someone. Thanks!

    July 8, 2013

  • Maha

    It seems many need a ride and very few cars. I need a ride from Montreal too!! Thanks.

    July 8, 2013

  • Yen K.

    Need car ride for two. Appreciate & Thanks!!

    July 8, 2013

  • Saltanat

    I would appreciate a ride with someone. Can travel to any metro station.

    July 8, 2013

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