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On weekends, we'll be skiing and boarding in winter; hiking, biking and roller blading in summer. On weeknights, indoor climbing, hill running or maybe a dinner, plus other events. Travel ideas include skiing in Europe or out West, hiking to Machu Picchu or the Dolomites, or a weekend nearby to kayak in the Thousand Islands.

Upcoming events (4)

Cycling weekdays with SPACY: Atwater Mkt - loop, 85 kms, then cold beer

Marché Atwater (picnic tables in front of Havre-aux-glaces

The forecast calls for beautiful riding weather. Again :) Hard at work? Or... do you want to ride?... The ride will be about 85 km and will certainly include a stop for a lunch (and beer) along the route. Meeting point GPS coordinates:[masked], [masked]. Distance: About 85 kms. Difficulty: No significant hills The fine print: 1 - Only a road bike, touring bike or hybrids are accepted, no mountain bikes, no electric bikes! We will cruise at an average 25 - 27 km/h, more or less. 2 - There is one question when you sign up, if you can't see the question because you are signing up from a cell phone, please make sure you send me the answer by private message: What was your longest ride this season, in kms? 3 - You have a spare tube with you in case something happens. You have a helmet. Equipment will be verified before starting the ride. 4 - You can bring snacks if you want, however we will stop somewhere interesting with lots of food options. 5 - Waiting list: I will manage the waiting list manually. 6 - If you change your mind and must cancel, then out of respect for all our members and organizer, please change your RSVP to No at least 2 hours before the event, ie., before 8:00am Friday morning. Cancellations after 8:00am Friday morning will be considered a no-show. Nobody wants a no-show!

Quebec loves hiking: Seven Waterfalls loop (17 km, 900 m elev.) + pizza + beer

Let's discover yet another Quebec hike close to home and avoid the long queues at the border and hike close to home: In the Laurentides region, this 17 km loop is one of the Laurentian's hidden secrets. Our route begins near Sainte-Emelie-de-l'Energie and is part of the Parc régional des Sept-Chutes: https://www.parcsregionaux.org/parcs-regionaux/parcs/parc-regional-des-sept-chutes/ It is a +/- 17 kilometer lightly trafficked multi-loop trail with +/- 900 m of elevation gain. Part of our hike looks like this: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/canada/quebec/seven-waterfalls-loop Ascent: Total elevation gain is around 900 m, making this a moderate to difficult hike. If you have not recently hiked more than 16 km, this hike is not for you. Below is the route from Montreal to the trailhead where we will park the cars and start the hike. Drivers, please print the directions after clicking on the link. There may be no cell service at the trailhead, so a printed copy of the directions is necessary. The drive will take about 1.5 hours. The GPS coordinates of the trailhead are:[masked], [masked] Route to trailhead: https://goo.gl/maps/U9wfzNvtaLKBhRQz6 There is parking at the trailhead. Please print this trail map: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/canada/quebec/sentier-national-sentier-de-la-matawinie After the hike we will go for pizza and beer in St-Côme part way back to Montreal. IMPORTANT DETAILS: 1. You are responsible for: • Your backpack containing 3 liters of water, a tasty lunch, snacks and energy bars. Please do not underestimate your need for water. • Extra dry clothing due to the possibility of changing weather. • Sunscreen, bug spray, first aid kit and maybe sunglasses and a hat. We will be leaving Sak's Sandwicherie (right next to the Saint-Michel metro station) at 8:10am which will give us plenty of time to complete all our activities before 6pm. 2. Drivers: please let me know in the response to the question, "Can you drive?"... "I am driving and have room for X no. of people". I will announce who the drivers are on Thursday afternoon. When your car is full of riders, simply comment accordingly. 3. Passengers requesting a ride must email drivers directly to secure a spot. Please do it through direct email (click on the driver's name and you will see his/her profile details page; under his/her name you will find 'send email', send the driver your message directly). Please avoid asking for rides in the comments to avoid comments congestion. People without any driving arrangement on Saturday at 10am will be removed from the Going list without notice. 4. Ride sharing: Meet at Sak's Sandwicherie across from the Saint-Michel metro stop by 8am. There is plenty of free parking all around, We will leave no later than 8:10am. Please do not be late or you may be hiking on Mount-Royal alone. Drivers, please email your cell No. to your riders and to me. 5. Cost sharing: $15/rider as a contribution to drivers. We always try to have three riders per car (plus the driver) but sometimes there may only be two, or sometimes four; the contribution remains the same, $15/rider. 6. Waiting list: I will manage the waiting list manually. 7. If you are on the Going list and your plans change and you cannot join us, then you MUST change your RSVP to No before 8pm Friday. This will give somebody on the Waitlist enough time to arrange to join the group. 8. When you RSVP you will be asked two questions. Please answer them both. If you do not see the questions, send me your answers in a PM: When was your last hike and how long was it? Can you drive and take riders?

Cycling the Thousand Islands weekend + swimming + restaurants + ice cream + beer

Tim Horton's across from Namur Metro

This will be the highlight of your weekend cycling excursions! Two days of cycling along, in and around the Thousand Islands. We will only be driving, cycling, swimming and messing about on the Canadian side of the border so no passports or USD are needed. We will be staying two nights in Brockville, ON, so there will be room fees of about $150 per person ($75 per person per night): two people (and two bikes) to a room. The exact hotel depends on how many cyclists sign up. So this detail is TBD. The daily bike routes will be either out and back, or loops, or both -- yet to be decided. Saturday's route will be longer, about 90 km. Sunday's route shorter, about 75 km. Summertime is a very busy time of year in the Thousand Islands area: I must receive your non-refundable deposit of $125 before 16 July to secure your spot on this weekend trip. Then we will decide on drivers and riders, exact hotel destination, etc. We want to meet up and leave Montreal at 2:30pm on Friday to beat the traffic and arrive at our destination (a 2-hour drive) with lots of time to wander about, maybe go for a swim or do some other activity, and have dinner. For those who cannot leave work early, there will be a 6pm departure. Please answer the question when you sign up: "Can you leave at 2:30pm?" IMPORTANT DETAILS: 1. You are responsible for cash for meals (breakfast will likely be included in the room fees), extra activities, drinks. 2. Drivers: please let me know in the response to the question, "Can you drive?"... "I am driving and have room for X no. of people". I will announce who the drivers are. When your car is full of riders, simply comment accordingly. 3. Passengers requesting a ride must email drivers directly to secure a spot. Please do it through direct email (click on the driver's name and you will see his/her profile details page; under his/her name you will find 'send email', send the driver your message directly). Please avoid asking for rides in the comments to avoid comments congestion. 4. Ride sharing: Meetup points are TBD 5. Cost sharing: $30/rider as a contribution to drivers. We always try to have two riders per car (plus the driver) but sometimes there may only be one, or sometimes three; the contribution remains the same, $30/rider. 6. Waiting list: Everybody on the Going list is actually on a virtual waiting list until I receive your deposit. 7. If you are on the Going list and your plans change and you cannot join us, then you MUST find a replacement cyclist. I cannot refund your room fees. 8. When you RSVP you will be asked two questions. Please answer them both. If you do not see the questions, send me your answers in a PM: Can you leave at 2:30pm? Can you drive and take riders?

Cycling The Costa Brava (Spain), another incredible SPACY European adventure

The Costa Brava ("Wild Coast" or "Rough Coast") is a coastal region of Catalonia in northeastern Spain, consisting of the comarques (counties) of Alt Empordà, Baix Empordà and Selva in the province of Girona. Costa Brava stretches from the town of Blanes, 60 km (37 mi) northeast of Barcelona, to the French border. We have created a custom cycling route that is unparalleled with others found on the Internet. We will be overnighting in the most vibrant, the most exciting, the most lively and the most entertaining of all of northeast Spain's seaside towns. Our route will average 70 kms per day (10 km per day less than last year), giving us lots of time to ride from each overnight stop to the next, and still give us more time to explore each town, either on bike or on foot. We will be cycling for seven days (one more day than last year), our first cycling day will be Saturday 28 September, and we'll end in Barcelona on the following Friday afternoon. Both Friday night hotel stays are included in this cycling adventure: eight nights are prepaid. The exact itinerary will be emailed to each participant. Some of us will fly in a few days early to explore the area and/or stay a few days longer after the cycling week. I will also plan some optional excursions before and after our cycling tour. There are inexpensive, nonstop flights to Barcelona, around $800. Temperatures expected will be highs of 24 C during the day. Instead of organizing an info session for this European adventure, I will allow up to 16 people to RSVP to this event. At the end of March, we will meet, discuss details, and finalize the members who will be joining the cycling group. We will be a maximum of 10 riders. If you are already certain that you want to be a part of this exciting trip, you can send me a $600 deposit at any time (to the same email address as in the past). The final fee has yet to be determined, however it will be along the lines of last year ($1,400) plus the extra day. Also, Spain is more expensive than Italy.

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