• Sleep late again + hike: Sentier de la Matawinie (16 km, 900m elev.) + swimming

    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 16 km stretch is one of the Laurentian's hidden secrets. Our route begins near Sainte-Emelie-de-l'Energie and is part of the Sentier National, called the Sentier de la Matawinie. It is a 15.8 kilometer lightly trafficked point-to-point trail with 900 m of elevation gain. 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. As we end the hike up the road, we will need to leave a car there. This will be explained at the start. 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] The GPS coordinates of the end of the trail:[masked], [masked] New route to trailhead: https://goo.gl/maps/N2kjWLYp7gG4LXhn6 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 a swim at a private lake, halfway back to Montreal. Finally, we will have the option for a tasty dinner together in Ste-Agathe, which is partway 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 tak's Sandwicherie at 8am which will give us plenty of time to complete all our activities (including the swim) 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?

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  • 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!

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  • Sleep late and hike: Mont Grise (12 km, 600m elev.) + Orignal (+5 km) + swimming

    Tim Horton's across from Namur Metro

    On this (American) holiday long weekend, let's avoid the long queues at the border and hike close to home: In the Laurentides region, this 17 km stretch is one of the Laurentian's hidden secrets. Our route begins near Lac Superieur. We will do two loops, totaling 17 km of hiking and 600 m of elevation gain. Ascent: Total elevation gain is around 600 m, making this a moderate hike. If you have not recently hiked more than 15 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 less than 1.5 hours. Route to trailhead: https://goo.gl/maps/fGwGfUPFsZCLuxyBA There may be a $7 parking fee per car. If so, this fee will be shared by the occupants of each car. Please print this trail map: https://sports.uqam.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/carte_sentier_CPUQAM_2019_grande.pdf After the hike we will go for a swim at a private lake only 15 minutes away. Finally, we will have the option for a tasty dinner together in Ste-Agathe, which is partway 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 the Tim Horton's at 8am which will give us plenty of time to complete all our activities before 5pm. 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 Wednesday morning. 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 Friday at 8pm will be removed from the Going list without notice. 4. Ride sharing: Meet at the Tim Horton's across from the Namur 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?

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  • Cycling weekdays with SPACY: Atwater Mkt - Varennes 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!

  • Loop Colden 1437m - Avalanche Lake/Pass, Gain -800m, 21km - June 29th, 2019

    This is a postponed hike. Hikers from the Saturday going list have a priority to go. Other hikers please subscribe to the waitlist. PLEASE, READ THE ENTIRE DESCRIPTION BEFORE RSVP YES. The hike is difficult, with a great elevation gain. This loop is scored by many hikers as one of the most spectacular loops in the Adirondacks! I did it many times in the winter, never in the summer time, and I agree: its bare summit is one of the best places to admire the two highest mountains of the Adirondacks, the imposing Mount Marcy to the south and Mount Algonquin to the north. WHEN YOU RSVP, YOU ARE ASKED 2 QUESTIONS. PEOPLE WHO DON'T PROVIDE CLEAR ANSWERS WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE LIST WITHOUT NOTICE. If you don't see questions when you RSVP, please message the answers for the following questions to me. Q1: what and when was your last similar hike? Q2: can you drive / how many passengers can you ride? If you're a NEXUS member, please notify me. I’m limiting that hike to 8 hikers / two cars at this moment. DETAILS Please, check the weather day before the hike at https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Colden/forecasts/1437 and bring the proper cloths/gear for that day. WHAT TO BRING YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR: carry your Canadian passport or another passport with a valid VISA (we don’t have time to stop at the border to obtain/validate the VISA to USA, so if you don’t have it, please do not subscribe to this hike, sorry), all hiking cloths and gear you know you will need it during this hike. A survival blanket, headlamp and extra food and water are always welcome on any hike, so bring these "friends" on that one :) Please, respect the USA border laws and regulations when preparing your lunch. CARPOOLING Meeting at 1. Lionel Groulx subway station, departing is from rue Delisle. We will leave at 6:00 so be there at 5:55am. 2. Delson at 6:30 https://goo.gl/maps/9agoA3LoMt42 Please, let me know if you can get to Delson meeting point DIRECTIONS: drivers are responsible to get to the LOJ parking area https://goo.gl/maps/R5pzLEPGNkYgwbSc8 DRIVERS: please indicate how many spots you have available in your car in the comment box and update your comment once you get passenger(s). PASSENGERS: MUST message drivers to secure their spots. If you DON’T HAVE A SECURED RIDE 48H before the hike you will be removed from the Yes list. $100 CAD per car shared by the number of passengers including the driver or 25 CAD/head is suggested as a ride cost. The fine print: as with all SPACY events, if your plans change and you cannot attend the meetup event after having RSVP'd Yes, then out of respect to others, please change your RSVP to No at least 24 hours before the meetup event. This will give those on the wait-list an opportunity to take your place and participate.

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  • Cycling - Le Nordet (Laurentians) in a loop 83 km, hilly, then swim and pizza

    Tim Horton's across from Namur Metro

    Let's get out of the city and enjoy a ride with friends! Here (https://www.strava.com/clubs/286627/group_events/368618) is our planned route and it will start from my chalet... park in front of my chalet at 101 rue des Asters, Lantier J0T 1V0... our ETA there is at 10:00am. After the ride, we can change into our bathing suits and go for a swim in the lake :) You can get the gps file from the link above or you can use the SPACY club strava app to follow the route using your phone. The ride will be about 83 km and includes several rolling but long hills. Distance: 83 kms, elevation: about 1,000 meters total elevation gain. Difficulty: some tough hills and a slower pace than your average ride on flat terrain Sharing fee is as follows: $10 per passenger for cars with the driver and 2 passengers. $15 per passenger for cars with the driver and 1 passenger. The fine print: 1 - Preferably a road bike. Touring bike or hybrids or mountain bikes are accepted provided you can keep the pace. We will cruise at an average of 27 km/h, more or less on flat roads, but there is not a lot of flat terrain on this ride as you can see in the ride profile. Climbing will be at your own pace, faster people will wait after the climb/descent is over or at road intersections, the hills are not steep. 2 - There are 2 questions when you sign up, if you can't see the questions because you are signing up from a cell phone, please make sure you private message me and answer: 1 - Can you drive and how many people you can take? 2 - what was your longest ride in 2019? 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 - Bring your lunch, we will stop somewhere along the way if you do not have a lunch but there is nothing specific planned yet. 5 - Waiting list: I will manage the meeting list manually. 6 - If you change your mind and must cancel, then out of respect for all our members, please change your RSVP to No at least 24 hours before the event, ie., before 8:30am Friday morning. This will give others time to reschedule their plans and jump in. Cancellations after 8:30am Friday morning will be considered a no show.

  • Cycling weekdays with SPACY: Atwater Mkt - St-Isidore - Kahnawake loop, 90 kms

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

    The forecast calls for beautiful riding weather. Hard at work? Or... do you want to ride?... The ride will be about 90 km and will certainly include a stop for a lunch (and beer) along the route. Meeting point GPS coordinates:[masked], [masked]. Distance: About 90 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 24 - 26 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!

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  • CYCLING: 60 km Varennes Lunch Ride - EASY PEASY

    Jacques Cartier Bridge

    This is a nice, flat ride that takes us through Longueuil, Boucherville, along the St. Lawrence river to Varennes. It's about 60 km round-trip ride. (Or, they may choose to return when they feel like it. Ride starts at the base of Pont Jacques-Cartier, Montreal side. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before our departure time. You can also meet us at the base of Pont J-C on the Longueuil side if you live on the South Shore. We will leave promptly at 9:00AM (Montreal side). *** Route is similar to this route, except we will cycle only along the St. Lawrence. Click HERE (https://www.strava.com/routes/10297960) for a map of our route. *** To join the ride you need to have the following: 1- Only a road bike, touring bike or hybrids are accepted; no mountain bikes (except Ceci!), no triathlon or time trial bikes, no electric bikes! 2- We will cruise at a speed of 26 - 30 km/h on flat roads. If you cannot cycle at least 26 km/h for 50 km on flat distances, do not sign up. If you do not know your cycling speed, this ride is not for you. Most of this route is flat (except for Pont Jacques-Cartier, of course). 3- ***Make sure you have completed at least one 70km ride before signing up for this ride. I think you can understand the importance of this requirement.*** 4- Have a spare tube with you in case something happens. Have a helmet. Equipment will be verified before starting the ride. 5- Bring plenty of snacks and fluids for the ride. Best to bring your lunch with you. But if you want to take a chance of finding something along the way without disrupting the ride, that's your choice. 8- If you change your mind and must cancel, then out of respect for all our members, please change your RSVP to "No" at least 2 hours before the event, ie., before 7:00 AM on Monday. This will give others time to reschedule their plans and jump in. Cancellations after 7:00 AM Monday will be considered a no show. PLEASE NOTE: minor adjusts to this event may be made up until the RSVPs close.

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  • No border hiking: Mont Gorille (15 km, 550 m elev.) + Cap 360 (+3 km) + swimming

    Tim Horton's across from Namur Metro

    On this holiday long weekend, let's avoid the long queues at the border and hike close to home: In the Laurentides region, this 18 km stretch is one of the prettiest segments of the Québec national trail. Our route begins near the town of Labelle and follows a portion of the Sentier National (a trail that when complete will cross the entire province). This section crosses the summits of two Laurentian mountains, Cap 360 and Mont Gorille. Some of us may loop back at the half-way point, others may do the entire length... to be determined. Ascent: Total elevation gain is around 550 m, making this a moderate hike. If you have not recently hiked more than 15 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 is no cell service at the trailhead, so a printed copy of the directions is necessary. The drive will take less than 2 hours. Route to trailhead: Click here https://goo.gl/maps/mAQEbADYZGH2 Please print this trail map -- we will be starting our hike near km 5: photos4.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/a/2/b/e/600_[masked].jpeg Finally, we will have the option for a tasty dinner together in Mont-Tremblant or Ste-Agathe, which are partway back to Montreal. IMPORTANT DETAILS: 1. You are responsible for: • Your backpack containing 2 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 the Tim Horton's at 7:30am which will give us plenty of time to complete all our activities before 5pm. 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 Wednesday 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 Friday at noon will be removed from the Going list without notice. 4. Ride sharing: Meet at the Tim Horton's across from the Namur metro stop by 7:15am. There is plenty of free parking all around, We will leave no later than 7:30am. 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: $20/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, $20/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 7:30pm Thursday. 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?

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