Seasons change, summer plans and Quebec tips

I remember when I lived in Brazil, in a particularly hot region, where there’s never anything but hot seasons - there are actually only two distinct seasons there: hot and humid from mid-september to mid-april, and hot and dry the rest of the year. It’s like that for most of the country, with slight differences. What passes for “winter” there is one to two weeks mid-june where temperatures drop to near 10ºC… :grin: There’s little sense in the phrasing “Summer plans” in Brazil. Most of what you do in the actual calendar Summer you can also do most of the year.

But I’m living in Canada, where we have well-defined seasons with much more distinct differences, and activities that are particular to each season - can’t go out skiing in the summer, right? And, as our summers here tend to be quite short and abrupt - it gets hot really quick, and cools down just as quick - we here tend to have well-laid summer plans.

Unless you have a newborn, that is. Still, my wife and I planned a few outings, to national parks nearby, as a way for both of us to change pace and to present our little one the wonders of the nature.

I’m a hiker, and I can already feel how much I’ll miss the mountains and trails this year. I can’t wait to be able to bring the baby along! My wife loves the water and being on the sun. Our friend’s group likes barbecuing in Montreal’s many parcs. Last year, we all went kayaking and canoeing through some astoundingly beautiful settings. This year, though, we well keep a lower profile, winging outings whenever we fell the baby is calm enough.

If you ever find yourself in Quebec for the summer, here are some activities you won’t regret:

  • Hiking. Of course I would start with that. You can find nice trails here for both the experienced hiker and the newbie, ranging from under an hour to a whole day - or, if you are feeling particularly adventurous, you can camp on the trail for the longer ones, though you need a reservation. For the newbies, I recommend the Coaticook Parc, home to a beautiful suspended bridge:

    It’s a short trail without too many ups and downs.
    For the experienced, near Montréal, I recommend the Mauricie National Parc. It has a range of trails up until 20km of high mountains, where the view makes the effort worthwhile:

    Plus, in the longer trails, you are most likely to find only other like-minded people.

  • Biking. Join one of the many groups travelling the province by bike. You won’t regret it. Early June, you can participate on the Tour de l’île, a bike tour through Montréal.

  • Kayaking and canoeing. Almost all national and provincial parcs here offer water activities. Stand-Up Paddle is also a option at some parcs. Bring your GoPro along - or put your phone in one of Anker’s waterproof phone pouches. I particularly like the Mont-Tremblant National Parc for this. If you are lucky, you might cross a deer or a moose on the shore. If you are unlucky, a bear :fearful: Just kidding, even the bears here are polite. Don’t go too near them, though.

How’s summer like where you live? What activities do you enjoy in the hot season? Share your tips here for what the other should do if they are in your area!


Those pictures look amazing, I wish I could go there just for the views.


Whenever my friends complain about the length of the steepness of a trail, I always say that the harder the trail, the better the view!


Ola Tiago,

(Tudo bem)

fine you shared some photos.
We usual stay in summer (August) at the Acores islands.
I will show fotos soon, as these are stored somewhere.
I’m not such a skilled photographer and these have been taken some years ago when our daughter was with us.

Now the “old couple” is alone, BUT this is fine!

(Podemos falar Portugues com os Acoreanos. :slight_smile:
Mas eles tem um sotaque bastante!)

(We can speak Portugues with the Acoreanos.
But they have really an incredible pronunciation)

The Brasileiros speak fine Portugues! :grin:

Um abraco



I dont mind the trails, in fact I love walking and hiking hard trails. Last trail me and my wife went to, I ended up having to carry her back 2 miles because she sprained her ankle. Sadly we haven’t trail hiked since that day and would live to get back into it. But wont happen until we move


I am a very outdoors person, I travel small+light and sofa hop and camp, keep my gadgets small and always have Powercore and sometimes a solar panel.

In hot weather I prefer biking, cooler wet I prefer hiking.

Places like Canada are easy to visit without suitcase, just a small daysack covers all I need down to about 20F. In nearly all situations being small+light works well.

Not been to Quebec but been to Montreal and passing through Toronto soon, having passed through Switzerland last week.

Just cleaned my tent.


@tiagomota Sounds fun. How long is that bridge?

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Stunning views, certainly on a list of places I’d like to visit :heart_eyes:

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For some people, eating ice cream is a good choice in summer. But in China, some local people also prefer to eat some spicy food instead, like hotpot.

If you have the plan to visit China, you must try to eat hotpot in summer!:laughing: You will be swimming in sweat.:imp:


169m. They say it’s one of the longest in North America, though I can’t confirm that. It’s certainly nice! The gorge below is astoundingly beautiful, and you can actually go down there through the trails.


Got to experience Quebec City for new years back in 2016/2017. It was such an amazing city and my wife and I have been trying to find a time to head back there.


The winner cityscape looks particularly like Finland!


Honestly, it was one of my favorite winter trips ever. Just the feel of the town and the people made it perfect. Top that off with some fresh maple syrup on a stick and it was the whole package. Next time I will fly though, driving 10+ hours in the snow from Michigan made for a couple of white knuckle moments.