Winter is coming, and it is coming fast, at least in Quebec’s Charlevoix mountains.
I spend the first day of my last weekend in Quebec in the Grands Jardins provincial park. Although the day is generally sunny, daytime temperature on the Charlevoix heights is only around 5°C. There’s a cold northerly wind blowing and snow flurries come in every once and a while. Indeed, summer is over and winter is on its way…
I first hike up to Mont du Lac des Cygnes and return via the Le Pioui trail. I get to see a beautiful fox from up close, and enjoy the display of autumn color. There’s still quite a bit of green at lower elevations, but higher up intense yellow and reddish colors are clearly starting to appear.
In the afternoon I also hike the La Pinède trail in the vicinity of the Château Beaumont cabin. In this area there are thick carpets of moss that have given the park its name.
By 5 PM temperature has sunk to a mere 2°C and a new load of snow flurries seems to be coming in. I therefore call it a day and return to Quebec City where temperature is about 8 degrees higher.
Pictures > Quebec 2016-09-24: Charlevoix