Three seasons at the Biosphère in Montréal

Nearly three months have passed since we arrived in Montréal. In that time we have experienced the heat of summer, the protean abundance of autumn, and now, with the first snow: winter.  The locals may disagree with the seasonal classification yet: four centimetres of snow is nothing compared to what awaits them in February. The…

Squirrel! Squirrel! Squirrel!

Squirrels are plenty in Canada, in a choice selection of shades of brown-grey – from albino white to variant black. Though not as adorable as chipmunks, squirrels are generally considered to be cute. But just what is it that makes the squirrel more endearing than, for example, the rat? Is it just the bushy tail? or is there…

Autumn chill in Parc Lafontaine

It is getting colder and the mercury dipped below zero (degrees Celsius ~ 32 Fahrenheit) for the first time this weekend. Although during the day it is not freezing yet, there certainly is a chill in the air. Still, today was a wonderful sunny day and although some remnants of the night frost where visible…

Views from the train (Amtrak through the Adirondacks)

Once a day, there is a train leaving from Montréal and travelling south to Penn Station, New York City. After crossing the border and a thorough check at Rouses Point, the train meanders through the New York country side via Westport and Saratoga Springs. On its way it passes Lake Champlain and Lake George. If…

Autumn is here

The leaves are still on the trees, but clearly have changed colour. No longer are the forests green. Instead fiery reds and golden yellows are everywhere. The branches are laden with berries and you might still see the odd flower reminiscing of summer past.

Tam Bao Son – Vietnamese Buddhist Monastery

At a two hours drive from Montréal, close to Mont Tremblant National Park you will find the lovely Vietnamese Buddhist Monastery Tam Bao Son. The monastic complex covers a huge stretch of land with a temple and, spread around, several devotional sites with statues in every conceivable colour. There are several statues of the female…

Take a hike … in rain and autumn colours

Two hours north of Montréal you find the huge nature reserve called Mont Tremblant. As autumn is upon us, the colours are starting to turn and the park explodes in beautiful greens, yellows and reds. Although for experienced hikers the climb to La Roche is easy and of moderate length, for the untrained (which includes…