This week I left Whistler for a couple of days. I was fortunate enough to head over to Quebec and was able to have a look at Mont Sainte Anne. What a place. Sadly I didn’t have to much time there. Just two nights and one full day. I tried to pack as much into that day as possible. This proved to be quite hard due to my ability to get lost and end up driving around in circles.
I stayed in the newly renovated Chateau Mont Sainte Anne (ChateauMSA) which is situated right at the base of the mountain. Apparently, it was supposed to be a fairly short drive from Quebec City and the airport although I managed to turn it into an absolute mission as I very badly negotiated the highways and their exits. I was informed by several staff after I arrived that it should only take about 30 minutes to the city. I think it took me over an hour. The hotel was great. The rooms were really comfortable and very spacious.
On Tuesday I went exploring on foot at first, then a bit of cross-country biking and eventually after dinner I hit the roads again, got lost and saw an incredible sunset and massive waterfall.
While on foot and following a little path alongside a small river, I was hoping to find a waterfall called Jean Larose Waterfall that the staff at Chateau MSA had told me was spectacular. I did indeed find a waterfall and although it was very nice I wasn’t overly impressed as it didn’t seem that incredible.
After taking a few photos I decided to keep following the path to find out where it ended up and all of a sudden the ground dropped away and there was a waterfall that was pretty amazing.
Then it was onto a bit of biking around a network of trails near Chateau MSA. These trails were a lot of fun, and although I was on the bike for about two and a half hours, I wish I had had longer to explore.
After an excellent dinner at the hotel I drove towards Quebec City as I wanted to check out Montmorency Falls which drops an impressive 83 metres. Running with my theme of the trip, I got lost on the way there and arrived on just after dusk. It was still an incredible sight. En route I saw one of the most amazing sunsets I have ever seen. My sunset photography skills are seriously lacking though and wasn’t able to capture the moment.
Mont Sainte Anne is an incredible place. I definitely want to head back and spend a bit more time exploring the area. It was the first time I had been to the eastern side of Canada, hopefully it won’t be the last.