Yesterday was the perfect day to do a long walk. We awoke to clear blue skies and the temperature hovering around 17 degrees, with a soft light breeze. What more could we ask for, for a walk along the St. Charles river. There are walking paths (and yes, cycle paths too) for almost the entire length of this tributary river. What’s great is that each year they’ve added extra kilometres, so that you can plan any one of several types of walk. Choose up stream left bank, or downstream right bank … well, you get the picture.
We did a bus ride to the other side of the city, to Victoria Park, as we had decided to walk upstream on the right hand side of the river, heading back towards our own part of the city. It’s a direction we don’t do very often, so it gave us a new perspective on the views. And it’s always fun to choose a different direction so as to not get boring.
I think we managed about 5 km in two hours, which took us from Pont Droin, near the mouth of the St. Charles river, heading back up stream towards Pont Scott. This part of the walk takes you through the historic landing point, where Jacques Cartier and the settles from France, landed—the Cartier-Brébeuf National Parc.
All-in-all, there are 13 sectors to choose from, covering approximately 35 km of walks and cycle paths. You can go from the mouth of the river, where the St. Charles meets the might St. Lawrence, and can walk all the way to the Lac St. Charles, in the north.
One day we might actually do the whole thing!