Espace Felix Leclerc Walking Trail

On Orleans Island, 15 minutes east of Quebec City, there is a lovely walking trail from Espace Felix Leclerc down towards the river.

It commemorates the life of songwriter, poet and playwright Felix Leclerc.

The trail may not be for everyone because there are some steeper parts.

You begin in a field, basically, where they are starting an arboretum. After this sunny stretch you reach the shade of the escarpment. The path here is steep taking you down to another plateau.  This plateau is partly in sunny field and then enters the old growth forest. Many trees are marked to help you learn more about the local flora. There is still another terrace down before you get to the St Lawrence but the path ends before that. You can continue, but, the paths quickly ends in swamp.

Hikes around Binbrook

Even thought its cold out there are still some lovely hikes around Binbrook area. We went again to our favorite spot in behind Southbrook Drive.  The amount of footprints, both person, and dog, indicate that many other people enjoy this trail too.

Wild grape vine

The ice crystals in the creek were gorgeous. So incredible the shapes that they make!

Ice formations in the creek

There was also some lovely lichen on the tree branches.

Apothecia – commonly disc or saucer shaped fruiting bodies of some lichen

 

Nature Hikes around Binbrook

We’ve found some lovely hikes around Binbrook. In behind Southbrook Drive you almost feel like you’re in the bush, instead of 5 minutes from a subdivision.

The bushes are full of chickadees and cardinals, a bird we never got up north.

We found half of an abandoned boat nestled in the grass at the bottom of a hill. It seems like a crazy spot, but we’ve heard this area gets some intense flooding.

The creek here is definitely overflowing its banks.