Bilingual site shared with Nancy Snipper, acclaimed author and cultural affairs journalist. July 2016 ushers in her new site: SN Travel and Arts without Borders. Check it out!
Site bilingue partagé avec Nancy Snipper, auteur acclamé et journaliste des affaires culturelles. Juillet 2016 inaugure sa nouvelle site: SN Travel and Arts without Borders. Vérifiez-le!
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I arrived at Mont Orford with an adventuresome Meetup group – a friendly
crowd of hiking and water enthusiasts intent on enjoying a full day of hiking
and swimming. There are eight hiking trails two of which I would explore this
day, but not without heading out in the canoe on elegant Lac Stukley with its
6.3 kilometres of surface – silky waters that glistened in the sun.
Canoe and kayak rentals are right at the reception area of the lake
where a sandy beach also has pedaloes to take you further into the undulating
clear waters. My canoe partner, John and I were immediately greeted with
helpful staff personnel (Nicolas and William) who handed us two paddles – each
with a different length (I’m shorter than John) and along with these two
paddles – life jackets that looked spanking new.
Inspiring vistas greeted the eye. Orford’s queenly mountain has its own
minion of smaller hills – all stunningly cloaked in lush greenery that chain
around the lake.
We seemed to enter another world and as we glided along, our canoe
feeling as sturdy as Orford Mountain itself, we spied in the distance three
rocks, but one was definitely shaped like a bird. We got closer… and closer and
realized that it was actually a sleeping loon! We got within a few feet of it
and it did not move. I thought maybe it was injured, so I let out a gently
“whawha” loon call, and to my astonishment, it immediately responded with its
iconic two-syllable haunting call – one of its four beautiful vocalities.
Had we woken it up and frightened it? Not at all. In fact, it remained
happy to float there without moving. It shifted its head position, so I knew it
was a loon in fine health. Canoeing further, our little loon lingered for a long
time in this favourite spot of hers, but I thought it strange it was alone.
Once John and I returned to the reception area with our canoe, William told
me that Lac Fraser in fact has two loon couples that nest there.