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A special weekend

The last weekend was all about nature. We escaped in deep forests, just 1 hour’s drive from our house, to spend two days snowshoeing and enjoying time in the chalet. This might seem a bit clichéd, but it’s a trip that I wanted to do for long. After arriving at the national park “Parc National d’Aiguebelle” we immediately followed the 6 km path to the chalet. We have came just 200 m, as in the middle of the path, fallen trees blocked our way. Those trees couldn’t resist the heavy weight of the wet snow and ice. We didn’t have any other choice, to either crawl over or under several tree trunks, hoping that these annonying complications could soon be over. Far from it! It continued that way and took all our breath and energy.  Not forget to mention, that we both had to carry big backpacks. Walking through deep snow has not made the situation any easier. Anyway, we knew it would be worth it and we recognized it all the time: We strived through breathtaking landscapes, observed local plants and trees …

The Algonquins

The Algonquin were the first settlers about 8,000 years ago. They comprise 9 First Nations who live in communities located in the Outaouais and Abitibi-Témiscamingue regions of Quebec with a population of about 11,000. Traditionally, the Algonquins were practitioners of “Midewiwin” (the right path). They believed they were surrounded by many “manitòk” or spirits in the natural world.