July 8, 2010

Parc National de la Jacques Cartier, Quebec

Located about 50 km north of the wonderful city of Quebec is the Parc National de la Jacques Cartier. This mountainous landscape with steep gorges is at the edge of the true boreal forest. White spruce and yellow birch are the dominant species. These mountains are part of the Canadian shield and not technically part of the Appalachian Mountains. Instead they make up the easternmost contingent of the Laurentides, which range from Quebec into central Ontario.

On this October trip, it essentially rained the entire 10 days we were in New England and Quebec. While somewhat disappointing, you just have to make the most of it. Despite the rain, we decided to cruise up to the park anyways to see what we could see. What we saw was this beautiful river running through a nearly 2000 feet deep canyon.

We came prepared with our rain gear and umbrellas.
We did a short hike through the boreal forest.

The Yellow Birch was in full autumn spendor

These clubmosses were growing on the forest floor amongst the leaf litter

Here at a point between the confluence of two rivers you can see the mix of spruce and birch

The misty clouds actually added to the aura of the landscape

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