blending an assortment of thoughts and experiences for my friends, relations and kindred spirit

blending an assortment of thoughts and experiences for my friends, relations and kindred spirit
By Alison Hobbs, blending a mixture of thoughts and experiences for friends, relations and kindred spirits.

Monday, August 1, 2016

The airport at Mont Laurier

Montagne du Diable north of Mont-Laurier airport
It is small scale but friendly. Chris and I flew there yesterday over the most glorious, wild scenery (and back) –– lakes and wooded hills, fields and rivers. Mont Laurier airport is at the foot of the Montagne du Diable in the Laurentian hills, a mountain that appears from the air to have no sign of human interference on its slopes. As you fly north from Ottawa, you can see it from far away. On the gentler side of the airport is a village, now a suburb of Mont Laurier, on the Route Transcanadienne, built around a small lake, the Lac des Sources.

Lac des Îles, near Mont-Laurier
Approaching Mont-Laurier airport from the west

On the field
We had lunch at the welcoming roadside / airport restaurant (Restaurant de l'Aéroport) where various portions of fried chicken and chips are on the menu (Poulet Boeing, etc). I ordered a small(ish) Poulet Cessna for a very reasonable price which came with gravy and coleslaw. We ate Rondelles d'Oignon as well, so this was not a healthy meal. Never mind. To cast of a few of the calories after lunch we walked for about an hour

Lac des Sources

Plage Municipale
around the Lac des Sources along the residential roads that skirt it, the Chemin de St.-Jean-sur-le-Lac and the Chemin de l'Église, keeping in the shade as much as possible, since it was such a hot day. The cottages (chalets, some for sale) are attractive; the soil is sandy. They have a Plage Municipale and a couple of little parks by the water. The beach was packed. The church of St. Jean was abandoned and for sale.

The Unicom gentleman at the airport who with his wife has made the airport clubhouse a comfortable place to rest, told me in strongly accented Quebec French that he kept the premises open for pilots 24 hours a day and that we could camp here, if we wished, with the eau des sources to drink (very refreshing) from their taps.

Lac des Trente et Un Milles, southwest of Mont Laurier
Virga falling from a cloud over the Ottawa Valley
On the homeward flight we enjoyed some lovely and interesting cloudscapes, as well as the views below us.

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