Or, in English: the woods of the Coulonge.
Yesterday saw us take a long, slow walk out to the Bois de Coulonge, the former residences of the Governor General of Québec, dating from 1657. When the residence burned down, however, the grounds were turned into a park rather than rebuilding the gutted buildings.
So, under clear blue skies and cooler temperatures—25 degrees with a lovely light breeze—we ambled our way around 24 hectares of parkland and wood, with manicured lawns, an orchard, wild wood, where, at the end of winter, due to all the maples in the park area, they open a Sugar Shack. Yes, you can go and buy fresh made maple syrup by the gallon jug!
There’s also a lovely gazebo with commanding views out over the St. Lawrence river, one of our favourite spots to go and sit in the shade.
This is, for us, our local park, being only a ten minute walk from our apartment complex, so we visit often through the various season, and have seen a great deal of wildlife in there too. Foxes, skunk, various owls, buzzards, hawks, ground hog (of course) and the usual birdlife too.
It’s a wonderful, healthy way to spend 2-3 hours soaking up the sun, and getting a bit more exercise. I hope you enjoy the views.