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Day 12: Wendake

Another perfect day to go for a long walk, with yet more great weather for encouragement. This time, we decided to take a rather longish bus ride out to the Huron-Wendat First Nation reserve, and the Kabir Kouba Falls or, in English, the river with a thousand bends—and believe me when I say, it feels like it too.

While you can take a guided tour of Wendake itself, and learn more about the peoples and history of the First Nations tribe (something we had done on a previous trip), you can also take guided walks of the fall by lantern, in the evening. Something we would like to do on another visit. There is also the geology of the area which for me, someone who studied geology, is a dream place to hang out.

Today, however, we weren’t here for the history, but to enjoy the scenery. If you do the whole walk be prepared to go down into the gorge and then yes, come back up—not once, but twice. This walk is done in two sections due to the fact the river does an almost 90 degree turn. Due to the number of stairs involved in both the going down and the coming up just in part one alone, we skipped doing part two, which we had done before. We learnt our lesson. One section at a time is enough.

Our reward for doing section one was to then have lunch at the Sagamite Restaurant, serving authentic dishes along with more familiar fare of pasta and pizza. I enjoyed a smoked Bison poutine, and for those of you who don’t know what a poutine is, check it out here!


  1. What lovely scenery, Alex! I can see how you could spend an entire day just taking it all in. The history part sounds really interesting to me, too; I’m glad you’ve had the chance to hear it, even if you didn’t go for that this time. Lucky you that the weather co-operated.

    • Alex says

      Walking the gorge is gorgeous, Margot, and the waterfalls are fun. But yes, there is so much more if you do one of the guided tours you get all the amazing history too. And the weather has just been outstanding!

    • La Blonde says

      Well, if you want to do just the historic village of Wendake, it’s all on the flat, and a delightful stroll while learning history. The falls and the gorge on the other hand, are a lot of steps going up and down, Veronica! 😉

  2. Those photos look amazing. I could walk around there for hours. Glad you had another lovely day out. 😊 We are going stand up paddle boarding tomorrow – I can’t wait to try it out for the first time, 😊

    • La Blonde says

      Ooo, I would love to do something like paddle boarding, but I think I’m a little passed that kind of exercise. I do hope you get great weather for it, Vera. Have fun! 😀

  3. Another beautiful spot for a walk! My husband also studied geology, but because, in the end, he went with economics and works in the financial field, he can’t remember much of it. Do you still work in the field, or did you at some point?
    In this house, we are all fans of poutine! 🙂

    • Alex says

      Indeed, Naomi. We’re trying to do a number of the different sectors of the St. charles river complex. There are 14, and each is quite different. I did earth sciences as a whole, while serving in the military, Naomi, but never did an actual job relating to my degree. I ended up in publishing. A bit like your husband. ☺️

      Oh, indeed, there is no such thing as a bad poutine!

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