Thursday, September 10, 2015

Our First Big Hike

Last weekend we took the dogs for their first big hike in Gatineau Park. Gatineau Park is 362 km/224 mi park with 165 km/103 mi of hiking trails. All but 10 km/6 mi can have on leash dogs on them. We live about a 30 minute drive from the north of the park. We have been talking about hiking there for ages and finally got around to it!

Hailey: "Come guys, let's go."
We went Saturday morning. As Phod can't eat before he goes in the car, we had Hailey skip breakfast too. We arrived at the park at about 9:30 and spent 1 hour and 45 minutes there. In that time we walked 6 km/3 mi. When we arrived at the park it was about 14 C/57F , when we left it was 24 C/75F and was really humid. (It ended up feeling in the high 30s C - close 100 F later that day and for most of the weekend). Fortunately most of the walk was in the shade.

We stopped for water breaks and for a break at the turn around point. Hailey made herself at home.

The dogs did really well on the walk. On the way in, we only passed 2 bikers. On the way out we passed a number of people, including people with dogs and children and they were fantastic. They were so hot and tired by the time we got back to the car, they didn't even want to stop for a drink. After a late breakfast, they slept all day.

This is definitely a walk we will do again!


  1. Hari OM
    Wonderful! Nothing beats two tired and happy doggies &*> Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  2. that's great that you all had such a good time, efurrything was fine! BRAVO Lee&Phod !
    btw: maybe when you come back you can stay in Laval in the hotel-rooms my mom booked once...she mistaked your Laval with ours LOL

  3. Sounds like they had the best walkies and isn't it nice when you get home and they are so tired they just want to snooze :)

  4. Nice! Since you live so close, you gotta go back, it looks wonderful.

  5. oh wow!!! Sounds like loads of fun!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  6. What a beautiful place. All you need is a backpack
    Lily & Edward

  7. Wow! I bet that was lots of fun to go out and sniff all the new smells and see the birdies and trees.

  8. I haven't been in a while but I love going up in the fall. The MacKenzie King estate is nice too especially for pictures. The dogs can go in the ruins but not in the buildings. We did Upper Canada Village a couple weeks ago. Did you know it's dog friendly?

  9. Great they enjoyed it!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  10. That was great fun for all of you....we always sleep when we go for walks also....stella rose

  11. All said it was a great day in the park! Wes has been there a zillion years ago when we went to visit family and thought it was a beautiful park.

  12. What a beautiful park...I hope you all have a long fall so you can enjoy the great out of doors
    Madi your bffff

  13. Looks like a wonderful hike! It is still HOT here!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  14. I'm glad everyone had a good time!

  15. Looks like they had a great time! There's nothing like a good morning hike to start the day off right. :)

  16. WoooHooo! That sounds like a FABulous hike!!! Sounds like your Moms like my Ma..hates humidity!!! BOL Today it was 100 degrees, butts it was a dry heat so she wasn't complain' too much, butts this weekend it's gonna be HUMID, and she is dreadin' it like the plague!!
    I hopes you guys can take that hike again when it's a wee bit cooler! ☺
    Ruby ♥

  17. That sounds like a fantastic way to spend a weekend morning! And thanks for the km and C conversions, really helps us from the Southern end of the world *BOL*
    Wally & Sammy

  18. It just looks glorious. We'd love that walk....but not the humidity. So glad the dogs were good, so you can go again!


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