It was the Canada day weekend - a perfect July 3rd sunny day to take my dog Zak to one of my favourite nearby nature getaways: Cap-Saint-Jacques. It is one of three Quebec parks that allows you to stroll with your dog on a 5- plus kilometre walk. Greeting me at reception was Alexander, and though he was so nice to me, it was Zak who stole his heart. Nothing like a cute little dog to make everyone smile.
The park provides a harmonious setting for dog and owner to bond in boundless nature amidst beautiful birdsong and bucolic waters around the circular perimeters.
Nature here is gentle with wild flowers dressing up fields and the paths we strolled along. I saw a cardinal, an oriole and a cat as we approached the barn. Zak wanted to play with it.
Much land here is dedicated to growing organic vegetables.
I entered into the little store selling some organic produce along with maple syrup.
Charles told me that three weeks ago, aside from the fox he saw. three cumbersome coyotes surrounded him. Scary! That, in effect, is why I insisted Charles come with me for the rest of my walk. He has a long stick, but we saw no coyotes today. I was lucky to bump into Minion and Charles, for I was really quite alone as I started my stroll. What was to be an hour sauntering into nature turned into three. It was a day of surprises and enjoyment. Zak and I were most happy gazing out to the fields of flowers.
The website is: www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/grandsparcs
Click here to read about my skiing in the park