T has been working shift patterns so our two day 'weekend' has been all over the place the past couple of months. It doesn't matter to us as we don't have to fit in around my job or children. In fact, it's better as it means we can go places and not get caught up in the weekend traffic and madness.
We headed North West out of the city to The Laurentians region and the town of Mont Tremblant. It took about 90 minutes (including a coffee break at Tim Horton's, but this time without the Timbits - for a Timbit explanation, see 'Ottawa' in February) to arrive at the bustling town. Managing to find a parking space down a side street - it appeared to be unlimited free parking once off the main street - we then had a wander around the picturesque town in the sunshine.
Maybe it is one of those European expectations we have and it is not the way it works in North America. I remember having picnics on the shores of the lakes in the Lake District without too much trouble. Nor in mainland Europe for that matter.
So far we have not had much luck with picnics on this continent, and today was going to be no exception...
We drove to Lac Tremblant, the surrounding hills being a great ski destination in the winter.
However Lac Ouimet was not playing the scenic picnic game either. We could see the water through the trees as we drove alongside it, but the only openings off the road were private driveways. Finally we came across a minor road and turned off onto it, but reached the end of it having come across nothing but houses.
In the end, at 3pm, hunger well and truly got the better of us and we pulled over into a space that wasn't even a lay-by and ate our lunch without any water view (there wasn't any view whatsoever to be totally honest). It was nice and quiet though!
Driving back we came cross a pretty lake and started taking pictures...
The joy of weekday weekends!