Gaspe, Quebec and Forillon National Park

 

Today I went hiking!  Forillon National Park is a small park that overlooks the Gaspe Bay on one side and the Gulf of St. Lawrence on the other.  The park is a relatively new national park at only 50 years old.  It is about a 30 minute scenic drive from the city of Gaspe where our ship was parked for the day.

The hiking trail we took was about 5 miles with a steep climb.  Here is me at the bottom of the trail.  Right after we took this picture a whale came up about 30 feet from the shore behind me.  Neat! There are a lot of whales in this area but this was the only one that I saw today.

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This was the easy part of the trail.  It got a lot more steep and narrow. I stopped for picture breaks but mostly just kept on trucking.

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View from the first overlook:

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The second overlook: Me and some limestone cliffs.

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Foliage from the top of the trail:

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These are the Appalachian Mountains:

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The Appalachians extend slightly further than Quebec but are mostly rolling hills further north according to my park ranger guide.

And this is the end of the Appalachian Trail:

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My book club has been threatening to take up hiking for fun and maybe go on the Appalachian Trail for a day hike ever since reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed.  I shopped and bought hiking boots a month ago and used them once so far.  Hiking today was fun!  I saw a porcupine but couldn’t whip my camera out fast enough.

It was a brisk 36 degrees when we started the hike.  Brrrrrrr.  After our 4 hour journey, we were hot and sweaty but it started downpouring. We packed it in and called it a day.

Tomorrow there is more hiking from a different spot in Quebec.  Fingers crossed for no more rain (and possibly a higher morning temperature!).

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2 Responses

  1. Lizzie says:

    This is so beautiful! Such a fun trip with your mom. I can’t believe the foliage is so colorful already.

    I love that you say “Neat!” – I also say neat and my friends make fun of my for it.

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