Manoir des Pins, Sainte-Lucie des Laurentides, Quebec, Canada

Manoir des Pins is in Ste-Lucie-des-Laurentides, on Lake Sarrazin. These are cottages to rent; they are near or at the lake. There are packages with meals included, French cuisine with an affordable price. There are cottages for couples, families or groups that go from studios to 5 bedroom chalets. They are equipped with double jacuzzi and fireplace of natural stone. There is the possibility of having bikes to ride near the cottage, rowboats, kayaks, games, snow rackets and all that is included in the services offered for free. There is also the possibility of having massages but it is a paid service with appointments.

Tips

If you want to have a kitchen, you have to rent a 2 bedroom cottage or more. Notice that you should bring some items such as paper towels, aluminum foil and anything that is perishable (milk, coffee, juice, etc.). If you need an iron or a hairdryer, you should bring them too.
Note that you can buy firewood on place.
If you go in summer, do not forget the mosquito repellent and your beach umbrella.

Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA

Antelope Canyon is one of the best-known and most photographed gorges of the southwest of the United States. Located in Northern Arizona, beside Lake Powell, in the reserve of the Navajo Nation. It
consists of two separate gorges, the Upper Antelope Canyon (above) and the Lower Antelope Canyon (below). The canyon can only be visited in guided tours, in part because there could be unexpected rains that can quickly flood it. The guide takes you in a 4 x 4 following the bed of an ancient river till the entrance of the fault about 5 kilometres from the 98 road linking Page to Kayenta. The visit lasts about an hour following the throat over one kilometre. Both faults have a similar aesthetic quality. The Upper Antelope Canyon is most visited because it is larger and its access is easy; on the other side, Lower Antelope’s admission is smaller and wide and you must come in through metal stairs put in place by the Navajos so visitors are fewer. The Upper Antelope Canyon varies from 2 to 3 metres wide and 400 metres long. Lower Antelope Canyon is long, narrow and present significant differences of levels. Unfortunately, on August 12th , 1997, eleven people were killed by a flash flood in the Lower Antelope Canyon.

Tips

Sports shoes are required to make visits.
To visit the Lower Canyon, you can reach the parking which is very close and you can go on foot. Note that a physical fitness is also important for this visit.
It is not necessary to make a reservation but it is suitable to arrive early if you want to visit the two gorges. As soon as you arrive, make the reservation for the Upper Canyon and in the meantime you can visit the Lower Canyon with the same ticket .
As the position of the sun is very important for the colors and shadows of the gorges, the best time to visit them is around noon.

International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada

Each year, the Haut-Richelieu sky is invaded by nearly 125 hot air balloons during the International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. It is undoubtedly the largest gathering of balloons in Canada and offers an elaborate show during nine days not just hot air balloons but live music performances and family activities. This event is a reference in the world of Balloon with over 1.5 million square feet of activity areas and 450 000 visitors gathered around this theme. It is also a must summer event for fans of large concerts. The 34th edition of the festival will take place from 12th to 20th August 2017. This is an appointment not to be missed, just 20 minutes from Montreal.

Consejos

Bring your chairs and everything necessary to make the picnic with friends or family, it is worthwhile to live this experience in full air, so beautiful in the visual than in auditor .

You can check the schedule on the festival site.

 

The International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
 12th to 20th August 2017
Municipal Airport
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (QC), Canada
J3B 7B5