RIVIERE STE ANNE DU NORD, QUEBEC

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The Canyon on the Sainte-Anne River is just off highway 138 about 30 minutes east of Quebec City. We visited this beautiful place in October when the fall colours where coming to an end and the first snow had already started. This walk was part of an extended weekend trip to the Charlevoix region where we stayed at a rental house (chalet) on the side of the Massif overlooking the St Lawrence River far below.

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Above the Falls
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Top of The Falls

This area was made accessible to the public in 1973 but has always been familiar to the natives of the region.  It has been painted by Krieghoff and written about by Thoreau, (Walden Pond etc) after a visit in the 1850’s.

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Resting Spot

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We were surprised to see people clinging to the rock walls of the canyon far below us. Using my telephoto lens I was able to pick them out and see that they were actually climbing via “ferrata” – the first one in Canada.

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Ferrata Climbing

The warning sign at the top of the long stairway to the bottom of the canyon is accurate!

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But if you are in reasonable health the climb is worth it…

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 Another attraction for the more daring visitors – a rappel across the highest point of the canyon.

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Me – 2012

Three suspension bridges cross the canyon – this one is 197′ above the river (60 M)

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Line and Claude

 Our friends – and fellow photographer – at the bottom of the canyon.

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Ken and Kari 2012
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