Options for a gentle walk or a more demanding hike. Hikes are 4-5 hours on varied terrain. Hikes are categorized as Intermediate in difficulty: net elevation gains of about 1600'; walks are 3-4 hours over forest trails or flattish country laneways. Daypacks required. Van transfers to trail heads between 20 - 50 minutes. Hikers will be accompanied by 2 - 3 guides, walkers by 1 - 2, depending on the terrain and group size
Enjoy a self-serve breakfast at the Lodge offering a variety of healthy options: generally a hot option (eggs, oatmeal, hot cereal, etc.) fresh fruit bowls, yogurts, local maple syrup, variety of breads.
Gather on the porch to get the map of the day for our 9:00 a.m. departure. Hikers: Our adventure this morning is to Round Top (Mont Sutton), the local peak visible from the Lodge (it's a 25 minute drive to the trailhead). We climb through a mixed beech-maple forest to Spruce Lake where we lunch at a waterside pavilion. Walkers: We walk alongside a dancing brook that leads us gently downhill from the base of Mont Sutton towards the village of Sutton (alias Three Pines in the Inspecteur Gamache crime novels). We lunch by an old dam.
Bag lunch near trails or on shore around noon at a pre-designated spot.
Hikers: We continue upwards to summit of Round Top. Descend by a different path to point of origin. Time for a visit to town of Sutton. Hiking time approximately 4 hours. Intermediate difficulty. (Note: Trail conditions or closures due to bird nesting sites or washouts may have us exploring other arteries of the Sutton massif). Walkers: The downward trail continues to Sutton. Some time to see the sights of this tourist town with 4 bakeries and a chocolate shop. Much ado about the magical natural order. Walking time approximately 3 hours. We are normally back at the Lodge between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. where there is plenty of time for a swim, a snooze, a snack. or a pre-dinner drink (BYOB).
Dinner at 6 pm. Drinks before dinner if so desired. The lodge is a B.Y.O.B establishment. Alcoholic beverages are not served on-site but participants are welcome to bring their own.
Evening lectures commence at 7:30 p.m. Topics might include Heart Healthy Living, Canadian History, American Invasions of Canada (1775 - 1871), Quebec Politics Since the Quiet Revolution, The Gerry Bull Story, Natural History, Native Canadian History, European Adventure Travel, International Adventure Travel Tales.