There were 14 people who turned out under threatening skies for our season’s first Sunday hike. Indeed, as we assembled inside the chalet at Mont St-Bruno, it had started to rain and we were all checking our rain gear. But when we went outside to take the group photo, the rain had stopped and did not return for the duration of our hike. The temp was about 12 C.
In our group of 14, there were a few people who were on a Beaver Tail hike for their very first time. We took the blue trail called the Sentier des Lacs. That took us counter-clockwise around the parc. The trail was mostly flat but there were a few short hills to get us warmed up. Especially the hills that we encountered after I assured people that all the hilly parts were behind us. With a couple of breaks for a snack and a bathroom break, it took us just over 2 hours to complete the 8.8 km loop. Everyone, even those who had taken issue with my faulty memory regarding the trail profile, were glad they came out!