Fall colours in Quebec; Charette and Saint-Élie

I walked from the railway station in Charette to Gite la Voisine, which is just over 4km – along a road, but there is plenty of space, and drivers were uniformly respectful, moving over to give me extra room even though I was well off the road. As a result of this walk, and my turning down a couple of offers of a lift, the Gite owner decided I was quite the walker, and recommended heading for Saint Élie, “un village touristique”, about 10km away. And back via a different road (on the right in the map below) because of its beautiful trees.

Why not, I thought, with all afternoon to complete it in. In case I needed more incentive, I was promised a short climb behind the church in Saint-Élie would give me great views of the area.

Walking from Gite la Voisine to Saint-Élie
Walking from Gite la Voisine to Saint-Élie. 23km.
Picturesque stream
Picturesque stream, edge of Saint-Élie.

The walk to Saint-Élie itself was nothing to write home about, but perfectly pleasant on a decent day. Most interesting were the houses, as it is quiet out here yet people obviously have money. Spot the house with a helicopter in the backyard, apparently where the owner of a local eco-park lives.

Wooded path, behind the church, to the view
Wooded path, behind the church, to the view.
Saint-Élie sign, outskirts of the village
Saint-Élie sign, outskirts of the village.
Sculpture, outside Garage de la Culture
Sculpture, outside Garage de la Culture.
Garage de la Culture
Garage de la Culture.
l'Arbre a Papermane
l’Arbre a Papermane – sou can just see the paper objets hanging from the tree.

Saint-Élie is very pretty, with a few shops, including a food store (at the garage) and bakery with very friendly owner. Wander past the church and graveyard to take the walk to the top. There is a clearly signposted route for walkers, which I took, and is a lovely walk through the woods. If you’re in a hurry, though, go straight up the road in front of you, for a shortcut.

Outdoor worship behind the church
Outdoor worship behind the church.
Leave colours - green, yellow, orange, red
Leaf colours – green, yellow, orange, red.
Jesus and Gabriel sculpture
Jesus and Gabriel sculpture (and list of donors).
Fall leaf colours sprouting on a rock
Fall leaf colours sprouting on a rock.
View from the top of montagne de calvaire
View from the top of montagne de calvaire.
Outdoor worship, top of montagne de calvaire
Outdoor worship, top of montagne de calvaire.

Religious iconography abounds.

Selfie at the top
Selfie at the top. Lakes abound in the landscape. None pictured.
Am I impressed by the religious art?
Am I impressed by the religious art?
I am super impressed by the crosses
I am super impressed by the crosses.
Figures on crosses
Figures on crosses.
Looking out from the top
Looking out from the top.
Cross and chapel
Cross and chapel (or storage area – looks like the service happens outside).
Sun shines on a few red/orange leaves
Sun shines on a few red/orange leaves.
Red leaves in Canada
Red leaves in Canada.

Then, the return, and the rue with plenty of arbres I had been promised. With the leaves changing colour for Fall/Autumn, this was a rare treat. It’s a quiet road, too, so there isn’t much traffic to interrupt the reverie through the different colours.

Close-up of red leaves
Close-up of red leaves.
Pretty trees on Rue 4 Rang
Pretty trees on Rue 4 Rang.
One red tree among several green ones
One red tree among several green ones.
One red tree among several green ones
One red tree among several green ones.
Tall trees
Tall trees, variety of leaf colours.
Leaves of different colours
Leaves of different colours.
Rue 4 Rang
Rue 4 Rang.
Painted stones, Charette
Painted stones, Charette.

On a good day, with sun but without being too hot, the whole thing was a pleasure, leaving me footsore but full of the joys of being outside.

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