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PostPosted: March 29th, 2018, 9:20 am 
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Located 50 km north-east of Rouyn-Noranda Quebec, Parc national d'Aiguebelle is a true natural jewel tucked away in the magnificent and primeval boreal forest. The park contains a treasure trove of impressive geological and geomorphological phenomena including eskers, volcanic cushions, massive boulders and giant’s cauldrons. Two majestic rift lakes, Sault and La Haie are located on either side of the watershed divide between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans.

The park offers 9 rustic shelters and 4 larger cabins for four season backcountry accommodations. Nestled in the folds of a magnificent setting, the rustic shelters are havens of peace. Depending on the season and location, the rustic shelters are accessible by car, canoe, on foot, skis or snowshoes. The park staff will even transport your gear to the shelter for a small fee!

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We decided on La Guêpe, a quaint log cabin built in the late 70’s with just enough room for 2 people. Situated on the shores of picturesque Lac La Haie and flanked by towering cliffs, it was an easy 5.7km snowshoe trek in from where we parked our truck. We would use the shelter as a basecamp for two nights, but one could trek from shelter to shelter through the network of groomed winter trails.

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Plans for the following day called for a lengthy 20k trek to La Trompeuse, one of the highest peaks in Abitibi and nearby fijord-like lakes.

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Our second day in Parc national d'Aiguebelle (a Quebec provincial park) was spent trekking 20km through the backcountry of this breathtaking winter wonderland. Leaving our rustic camp behind, we ventured south across the frozen rift lake of La Haie.

From there, we ventured east to the summit of La Trompeuse hill, one of the highest summits in the region at roughly 510m. While 70m shorter than nearby Mont Dominant (also in the park), it has a prominence of over 200m and the views from the peak are stunning! The final 800m features nearly 200m of ascent, so the going can be rough. At the summit, the rustic shelter La Cigale presents an excellent opportunity to camp out with a backdrop of magnificent, sweeping views.

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Descending the ridge, we snowshoed north through deep snow and faintly groomed trails to the rustic shelter Le Patineur, on the shores of Lake Patrice. The remainder of our trek would takes us across a series of frozen backcountry lakes, flanked by craggy peaks and a haunting boreal forest of jackpine spruce and cedar.

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We would pack up and leave on the Sunday after spending two amazing nights in the park.
Be sure to check out our video trip report!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSCtRllKqng

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PostPosted: March 29th, 2018, 10:19 am 
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Awesome trip Brad: added to my to-do with the kids for next winter.

I've never spent time up North in the winter, would be great to see the boreal forest blanketed in snow.


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PostPosted: March 30th, 2018, 8:36 am 
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Had no idea this existed. There's this line of awareness that just stops on that line of the map ONT/PQ. ˜ice scenery...cheers Steve


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