A treetop trail trek

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Nestled in Canada’s largest mixed forest, the Treetop Walk Laurentides in Mont-Blanc is right in our backyard, and is an absolute must-visit.

Nothing like it

Wendy Allen and Jennifer Laframboise were with me as we began our treetop adventure with a 1,250-metre walk on a wide, gently-sloping wooden path. With every step, we advanced higher above the tree line until we hit an elevation of about 18 metres over the forest floor. The top tips of soaring pine trees were, quite literally, an arm’s length away.

The wooden boardwalk leads to an observation tower and winds round and round taking us 40 metres higher. Each level revealed more of the 360-degree view of the majestic Laurentian Mountains.

At the top, there are a thousand shades of green as far as the eye can see. The smell of fresh-cut cedar was mixed with old growth forest.

Awe-inspiring is the only way to describe it. The trek through nature, high above the forest floor, absolutely takes your breath away.

Just as amazing as the view is the incredible feat of engineering that makes this remarkable structure blend right into the forest.

Roundtrip, it’s about 3K. Regardless of your fitness level – it is doable. Take it at your own pace. You won’t regret a minute of it.

A perfect day in nature

Communing with nature was not the only treat. After our treetop walk, we stopped at Chez Émile Restaurant, a café in the restored main building on the grounds.

A fresh muffin and coffee latte for me. Tea and a cookie for Jen. A family-sized brownie for Wendy. We enjoyed every bite on a beautiful outdoor terrace overlooking the magnificent grounds.

The setting is a perfect way to commune with nature. A local bucket-list must.

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Cathy Bergman est devenue athlète de façon inopinée à un âge relativement avancé. Elle nous montre qu’il n'est jamais trop tard pour retrouver la santé et la forme. Cathy Bergman is an accidental athlete who found health and fitness late in life. She shows us that is never too late to get healthy and fit.

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