Winter has arrived!

Two Sundays ago, Constant, my girlfriend Catherine and myself got together at the Camp Air-Eau-Bois. While Constant was going to his workplace, Catherine and I were going to my favorite place in the world to relax a bit. We were all met with splendid beauty: it was the first snowfall of the year.

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It was quite the slippery car ride to get there because of the snow and ice build. We made it safely and without any trouble but just couldn’t make it up the last steep hill before camp. We parked the car in a parking space not too far from the road that leads to camp. After a walk in the howling wind and the blowing snow, we took a peak at the lake which is right next to the base. It was so dark and mysterious that you couldn’t even tell at what level the water was nor where were the waves. It was the first time I ever saw the lake like that. We then made our way to our final destination for the night and Constant arrived shortly after we did. We had fun cooking our meal and making pop corn on the fire because there was no electricity (a tree fell on the power lines).

After a good night’s sleep and a quick breakfast, we went out to a nice little lookout, the PPV. It’s one of the three amazing lookouts that you can go hike to from the base camp. Here are a few pictures of our view:

After the hike, we had another nice supper and Catherine and I were off to the city again. Overall, it was a great little vacation!

A trip to Montreal

 

The weekend of the 12th of November was quite a good weekend for us. We had to go to Laval for camp Air-Eau-Bois’s annual end of summer gala. We decided to take advantage of the opportunity to the fullest. I had the chance to try out his new reflex camera I bought for the trip and we also went to Montreal to talk to some members of the team Les Chemins de l’Or Bleu. They did a very similar expedition last year, so they are a great resource of information and knowledge for us. With Martin Trahan, the organizer of the team, and Valérie Jolicoeur, the person who took care of the logistics and the preparation of the team’s food, we took our time and asked them many questions, ranging from food prep, food shipment, itinerary details, gear and general tips and tricks. We left Martin’s superb apartment (that has beautiful paddles on the walls) with a good feeling in our chest and many less questions. We are very thankful to them both for all the help they are providing us.

In the pictures, you can see me having fun with my camera in the car coming back and the case that I use to carry the camera. The pictures from now on will be a bit different from the other ones we posted, since I’ll be taking most of them. Hope you enjoy them!

We’re getting a new canoe!

We will paddle an average of 40 km per day, for roughly 180 days. That’s a lot of time to spend in a canoe so we want to enjoy it as much as we can! The canoe plays a huge role in the trip because it will influence our speed and our overall comfort.

Therefore, we decided to  go all out and chose a canoe that would meet all of our criteria. Our 4 main points are weight, ruggedness, capacity to hold gear and speed. Making a canoe that excels in all these aspects is quite a feat. Surprisingly, we found one! The  Wilderness 18’ by Souris River. Let me tell you, it’s a beast of a canoe. It’s super fast, has plenty of room for gear and is incredibly rugged for it’s very low weight (46 lbs.). Another cool thing about this canoe is that it’s made of Kevlar, which is quite easy to repair.

Constant and I have paddled several times in another canoe by Souris River, the Quetico 18.5′.  We absolutely fell in love with it. It was super fast, it had a huge capacity and an amazing stability. It is also extremely light for it’s length, which makes it a great canoe all round. The difference between this canoe and the Wilderness, is this one is not quite as fast and a bit more stable.

All to say, we’re both really excited to use this canoe for 6 months and we can’t wait to see it! A video showing it off will definitely be made once we get it!

Welcome!

Hello there! Welcome to La remontée des sources‘ new website! We made it because we wanted you to come along with us during this journey – canoeing across Canada while trying to reconnect as much as possible to Nature. We want you to be able to have a window into our mind, see what we are planning to bring, where we will be going and to follow us once the expedition is taking place. There are 6 months left until we start canoeing and there will be another 6 months of canoeing, so we have plenty of time to spend together!

Please take a look at our different pages and don’t hesitate to leave a comment or an e-mail!