Another perfect day to go for a walkabout, with blue skies, puffy white “Simpson” clouds and light breezes tempering the heat that is sure to come. My partner had a hankering to go somewhere a little off the beaten track, for us at least—Cap Rouge. It’s something of a bus ride away, and then … there’s the hill. Down.
And where there is a down, you know what comes next. Up. We haven’t been here since we gave up the car and took to using the buses to get around the city. Not only is it a little more green using the bus, it’s easier for us, in the city centre, than constantly figuring out where to park and more. How much it’s going to cost.
But getting to Cap Rouge, on the other side of the city, takes two buses. And a very long walk down a steep hill. When all was said and done, we got there and were glad we made the effort. At the bottom of the hill, in the small hamlet, nothing more than a historic village, a church, and some prime real estate on the St. Lawrence river, plus a surprise—Cap Rouge’s very own elevated rail track. Impossible to miss!
We headed out along a well-worn trail that hugs the river from Cap Rouge, all the way to the road and rail bridges several kilometres away. We did about half of the walk, somewhere around 6 km, I think? Unlike our walk along the river St. Charles, there are no km markers, which would have been helpful. But we know our limit and have yet to make it the full length of this particular walk. We get to a particular view point, and can see the bridges in the distance, and then. Turn back.
Still, all-in-all, we had a wonderful few hours out walking along the mighty St. Lawrence.