|At the Belvedere, Reford Gardens|
|Blue poppy at the Reford Gardens, June 2015|
|Ladies Slipper orchids at the Reford Gardens|
|Lupins and buttercups at the Reford Gardens|
|Azazleas at the Reford Gardens|
|Pansies, primulas and ferns at the Reford Gardens|
After the Gardens, we drove along the coast road to Matane for lunch, where we walked round a nicely / recently landscaped playground and park on a river island to stretch our legs. We ate at an old favourite place for the locals, the Café aux Délices. followed the Matane River inland from Matane (by the coast) and parked by an information hut for the sake of a short hike in the forest. We could have driven 40km further into the wilds of the Réserve Faunique and seen some spectacular scenery, but the river with its cliffs was satisfying enough. So we also saw flora in the wild that day: bunchberry flowers under the fir trees. By the narrow trail near the river were heaps and heaps of moose droppings along with moose hoof prints, but we never spotted the actual moose. No other fauna either, except for one very large hare (snowshoe hare?) that hopped in front of our car as we set off back to the main road.
|Bunchberries in the wild|
|Moose droppings, with Chris' foot for scale!|
For the rest of the afternoon we drove along the country roads of the Gaspésie, fun to drive, like a switchback––Rte 195 to Amqui (where we stopped to see another playground and a covered bridge over the Matapédia River), then Rte. 132, past Lac Matapédia, and along back roads through farmland, back to Ste. Flavie.
|Bridge at Amqui|
|Saint Octave de Métis, St. Laurent estuary in the distance|