Just got back from a little getaway at Claudia’s parents’ cabin in Chertsey (Chalet Silva), located about an hour and a half away from Montreal. I went with Claudia and her friend Alice from her urban planning program. Our intention was to relax in the cabin, enjoy the outdoors, and do some work. Two of those things, we did extremely well! We also held ourselves to a strict NO INTERNET policy: NO INTERNET (except maybe to follow the elections results. And to look up recipes. And hey we need to look up the directions to the regional park. And how do we say pineapple in vietnamese again? How old is Justin Trudeau?) A few months ago, I wrote a blog post about our winter trip to the cabin, when the lake was still frozen and a blanket of white covered the trees. Things looked completely different this time. For starters, check out these photos of the Lac Creux across the seasons.
At this point the only logical thing left to do is to return to Lac Creux this spring (and maybe for once I’ll try to find out if there’s any truth to its name).
We then drove through winding roads flanked by colourful trees to arrive at the Parc Régional de la Forêt Ouareau, only 30-minutes away from the cabin. The hike was magical! The forest floor was covered in leaves of green, brown, orange, and red, which was wonderful, but we couldn’t see whether we were stepping on boulders, soil, air, or mud. We were walking through a fall wonderland. A beautiful, shimmering, potentially ankle-shattering, golden fantasy land.
Ambitious kids we were, we decided to go on the trail called the Summit™. When we finally reached the somewhat underwhelming summit, we stopped for a tea & brownie break. Then when continuing our hike we discovered what was the real Summit™. In other words we did what I always do: 1) settle on a spot for lunch, 2) finish eating and continue, 3) find a way prettier spot just ahead. Oh well. Brownies were still good.
Then there was the obligatory it’s fall let’s throw some leaves in the air shot.
By the time we got back, other friends arrived to join the fun for an evening in the spa, followed by rounds of gladiator charades.
It never gets boring here! You can rent it too you know? Check out the Chalet Silva rental page.  Thanks for reading!