Community, art, people playing music and dancing together, writing a story, telling the truth are the cornerstones of our survival. In West Quebec, where I spend my summers, its a rewarding experience to swim or kayak in a clean lake. We're hoping and aiming for fewer non-electric motor boats, more kayaks, paddle boards, canoes and row boats.
Bookings are open for this two-story A-frame, two bedrooms, bright, cozy, comfy cottage in Val des Monts, Quebec. It has a full kitchen, all linens provided. Kayaks, canoe and more. No wifi but cell phones do work. So, you can be at peace, but not out of touch. Close to Ottawa (30 minutes) and Gatineau and about 2 hours from Montreal via Montebello and Buckingham along highway 50.
Wildlife, great swimming and kayaking or canoeing in a clean, clear lake. Very quiet especially from Monday to Friday. Weekends tend to be a little livelier but not crazy!
The month of August is fully booked but you can still book your September and/or Thanksgiving get away.
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Imagine canoeing, kayaking and swimming on a hot summer’s day!
The snows are melting in Val des Monts, Québec and Spring is finally in the air! It may seem early but its an excellent time to think about how you and your friends and family will spend some of those long, hot, lazy afternoons between June and September 2019.
This A-frame cottage on the lake could be the perfect respite from a long, cold winter. Think about it! 2 bedrooms on two levels, a fully equipped kitchen, fireplace for cool nights in Spring and Fall. Canoes, kayaks, birds, small wildlife. Peaceful! Its idyllic!
Sorry for the delay in reporting on activities around the cottages on the lake at Val des Monts. I have been delayed by a sciatica attack. But, after a few weeks, it seems to be on the mend and I can see the end of the pain ahead.
The warm, hot and sometimes muggy days of August are past now. Though, I must say when it’s been muggy downtown – Ottawa, Gatineau or Montreal, it has always been cool enough here in Val des Monts that we sleep with a light blanket every night – sometimes, not so light.
Just before the coolness of September came about we had some exceptionally hot, humid days and nights culminating in a huge storm that knocked down some trees and halted electric power for several hours. But we were prepared – the Plum and the A-frame are equipped with terrific flashlights and candle holders. The thunder and lightning were spectacular. And the loons, of course, responded to the thunder and lightning with what seemed like a loon chorus across the lake.
One night, last week, Wendy was star gazing down on the dock. At the A frame you can actually stargaze from either the upper or lower decks. She saw a beaver swimming by the dock. There have not been too many sitings this year so that was exciting for everyone.
The neighbourhood jackrabbit (too fast to photograph ) has been around quite a bit and it seems that the deer population is increasing since we are seeing more and more of them. The red squirrels are as pesky and curious as ever.
We’ve had many guests at the A-frame over the summer and now coming into the fall there are a few bookings as well. “We had the time of our lives.” “I wish we had booked for two weeks!” “My mom just loved sitting on the deck watching the action and the stillness out on the lake.” Are just a few comments from our summer guests.
Everyone enjoyed the kayak trips around the lake and many explored the lake in the canoe stationed out near the A-frame.
As we move into autumn the air is a little nippier but the sun is brilliant and hot to 6:00 pm. Nights are cool enough for a fire in the fire place and cozying up in front of the fire.
Some of the birds – heron, loons robins, and ducks are preparing to go a little further south for the winter. Others will stop by here resting on the branches around the lake as they migrate from further north. Bluejays and some little brown birds that I can’t name stick around for the duration … shivering their way through the cold winter at the lake in Val des Monts.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to be at the Cottage in Val des Monts, Québec. The A-Frame is fully equipped for cooking those special meals people like to have at Thanksgiving – turkey or tofurkey, you’ll find what you need to prepare that special meal at the A-Frame.
Weekly Rentals for autumn at Val des Monts are $750 for a full week. For Thanksgiving weekend (3 nights) it is $500. Weekly or weekend renters also pay $100 for cleaning. If you are bringing a small animal we can discuss a damage deposit.
When you come to the Cottage at Val des Monts you only need to bring personal items. All sheets, blankets, towels, soap and shampoo are waiting for you. We supply wood for the fireplace and spring water from a local spring for drinking and cooking.
You’ll find boats, life jackets and deck chairs for your use and comfort. There are different things to experience around the town. A couple of art galleries, a Village Church and beautiful countryside to walk and explore.
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Our A-frame guests seem to be enjoying themselves kayaking, canoeing, receiving guests, reading on the dock. It is great to see since for the two old dames renting out this cottage, hospitality is paramount.
Last weekend we had an additional guest, staying here with us at the Plum. An old friend of mine who is now and has been for many years a Zen sensei.
Amid the ongoing storms and beautiful sunny breaks we chatted. She shared the kind of wisdom I’ve always known her to have and, of course, we exchanged stories from the last 30 or so years of our lives. It was wonderful.
Of course we ate good food and enjoyed an occasional beverage. Saturday evening’s entertainment was listening to the flying squirrels in the eaves and of course, just as dusk fell they flew out to begin their forage. The photo I’ll including here is from The Squirrels of Canada by Shirley Woods and published by National Museums of Canada in 1980 or so. Flyers are too fast for our amateur picture taking!
In squirrel news the red squirrel has been seriously trying to get us to vacate the place. It appears to be expanding its territory. No luck, to date, but her tenacity is amazing. I’ll try for some photos in the next few days. The reds are a little easier to get shots of so I should have some success.
Wendy entertained a co-worker from one of the support groups she works with while I drove into Ottawa in the “leaf” for my last foray before turning the car over. A picnic in Rockcliffe Park with my cousins. I can’t believe that I did not take at least one photo of that gang playing croquet in the park.
So, here are a few pics from around Val des Monts including the “Plum’s” screened in porch and a shot of Riviere Blanche … a wonderful little river that winds its way through the whole area.
Today, Monday, it’s a beautiful day in Val des Monts and especially at our lake. When I went for my morning soak there was mist on the water. As Lily Tomlin’s character Edith Anne would say, “Isn’t it refreshing?” And it was.
Two lovely people arrived at the A-frame on Friday – booked in for a week! The amazing thing about their arrival is that they managed to get here between two storms — during a beautiful, sunny and clear-skied break. I’m sure they’ll have a lovely time.
Once the guests were ensconced in their Val des Monts A-frame cottage, we headed back to the Plum and took in the last vestiges of the break – a swim and a beverage at the lake.
This morning, after a tumultuous night replete with whip-cracking thunder and furious lightening which, I observed during my occasional eye-openings through the night, we headed out to Gatineau to pick up an electric vehicle for my weekend use.
What a contradictory though compatible idea having a car plugged into the current in a cottage that has been here for more than 70 years and driven by me, a 70-year old dame.
I barely had time to get the electrical cord up the hill to the waiting the ironically named “Leaf” — Nissan, of course, when a less dramatic, but nevertheless full-fledged storm began. Dawning my new rain coat I tried to remember the instructions for plugging the car in. Needless to say I was pretty wet once the task was completed and I was safely back to the Plum.
The guests had a couple of hours for a lovely relax before the next storm.
True to the weather word of the moment, about an hour later, just as we were cooking at the bar b que another large storm began building. The grilling just made it before the cracking and thunder rolling began. It was beautiful. Large definitive rain drops through the screen, drops of water literally hanging on to one another from a cedar bow.
It’s quiet now but a little while ago the loons did a short ritual just to let us know they are there. Everyone seems to be asleep at the moment … or, for the moment since I’m sure there is another storm brewing.
Sitting on the screened-in porch is really all I plan to do today.
I usually start the day by jumping into the lake for my morning swim but today, i’m having a break and enjoying the view. The operatic loon performance was in in full force last night. The mysterious night calls are one of the many pleasures of falling asleep at the cottage.That song put me to sleep last night but not before watching too many episodes of White Nights on my phone via downloaded Netflix.
The A-frame is rented this weekend
And for the next week until August 3. The family here this weekend seem to be thoroughly enjoying themselves. There has been echoes of laughter from next door. They’ve been out in the kayak and enjoying the view from the balcony … upper and lower.
Since everything seems to be going well, we may hop in the car and head downtown for a movie tonight. Val des Monts is so close to Ottawa and Gatineau (Hull) we can go out for an evening and be back in plenty of time to hear the loons and get a good night’s sleep. Here, no matter how hot it is downtown we most always use a blanket.