A walk in the park: Oka provincial park

It’s not Oka’s fault. In a neighbourhood of supermodel parks, it’s the girl next door.

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A walk in the park: Mont St. Bruno park

MONT ST. BRUNO PARK — The sweet, fermenting smell of ground apples stays in your nose for days. You side-step the fallen fruit while peering through branches for the perfect, round apple that you twist, gently, till it comes away in your hand, heavy like apple pie in the your palm. This is autumn in […]

A walk in the park: Mont Orford

Part of an occasional series exploring North America’s national, provincial and state parks. MONT ORFORD, Que.—Fresh air cures everything. I truly believe this, so we packed a gourmet picnic supper and set the GPS for Mont Orford provincial park despite my raging sinus infection. We parked at Stukely Lake’s beach, where we had the thin […]

A walk in the park: Parc Yamaska

Part of an occasional series exploring North America’s national, provincial and state parks. YAMASKA PARK, Que.— Sometime between our visit to Plaisance Park and our visit to Yamaska, Miss Jilly’s love-hate relationship with her stroller became a full-on hate relationship. While we celebrate her independence and boast about her scientific curiosity (“rock!” “tree!” “cloud!”), having […]

A walk in the park: Parc de Plaisance

Part of an occasional series exploring North America’s national, provincial and state parks. PARC DE PLAISANCE, Que.— I’ve spent a good part of my Canadian life putting nickels in vending machines and parking meters and things, but Saturday was the first time I’d seen beavers in the wild. If we hadn’t gotten lost, it wouldn’t […]

A walk in the park: Îles de Boucherville

The first in an occasional series exploring North America’s national, provincial and state parks. ÎLES DES BOUCHERVILLES, Que.—Days later, I found a burr in my shoelaces, which touched the little girl inside me who was forever picking burrs out of clothes and hair. It was late April and though the landscape was still mostly brown […]