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The Best Way to Experience Fall Colors
By:  Andre Marchand   (2011/10/14)

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My life, as it stands now, basically comprises of eating, sleeping, training, and school. To some this seems ideal, and toothers it seems kinda crazy, but this is what I enjoy, so it suits me. Thankfully as a skier I am not condemned to just an indoor cardio machine, and I can choose activities that I fully enjoy while getting the benefit I need from the workout.

So this year, as in the past years, when the leaves started to change I went exploring with a trail run of epic proportions! Kyle, Matthias and I put our heads together and came up with a route that would both satisfy our needs to get in hours, and experience the Fall Colorsat their peak!

In my opinion the best/only way to seeall the colors of the Gatineau Park is by going for a run or hike throughits vast trail network. It is not too hard to plan a route with a lookout in it since there are countless lookouts scattered throughout the trails.

And now a few photos to guide you through our adventure...

Matthias leading the way through the overgrown lowlands

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Weeventually arrivedat the ruins of an oldfertilizer plant built in the 1900's

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... So Matthias and I try to blend in with the tourists

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Content with our little pit-stop we press on to the look-out, in this case, the high point chosen is the top of Camp Fortune... and it was quite a view!

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Nothing but colourfull hills for miles and miles... and now a panoramic shot from our adventure's designatedphotographer, Kyle Power, who is also responsible for all the sweet pictures in this article!

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We finally finished this trek off... or it finished us off, the verdict is still out... and it was time to profitfrom the effects of cold weatheron streams... ICE BATH ANYONE!?!

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Hope you can get out and enjoy the fall colors theproper way, it sure beats the heck out of looking at them through a car window!

Thanks for reading,

Andre M.

 
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