Stand Up Paddleboarding Québec’s Cantons-de-l’Est | Paddle Tales

Stand Up Paddleboarding Québec’s Cantons-de-l’Est | Paddle Tales

(dramatic music) – My name’s Ken Whiting. I’m a World Champion Whitewater Paddler, and I’ve led trips and taught
kayaking around the world. As an athlete and explorer, my life long passion has
been to challenge myself, meet interesting new people,
discover beautiful places, and share these experiences with others. This is the story of these adventures. This is Paddle Tales. Hey everyone, Ken Whiting here with another episode of Paddle Tales. It’s a series that explores some of the most amazing
places in the world, and goes on cool paddling
adventures along the way. Now, in this episode,
we’re going to a region that prides itself on
living the good life, and we’re gonna explore it
by stand up paddle board. But before we do, please subscribe to Paddle
TV if you haven’t already, so that you get notified the
next time an episode goes live. Now in this episode, we’re
heading to a part of Québec that’s known for its
charming small villages, incredible food and beautiful waterways. With four national parks in the region, it’s a place that prides itself on maintaining a strong
connection with the outdoors while at the same time, providing all the benefits
of an urban environment. In this episode of Paddle Tales, we’re exploring Québec’s
Eastern Townships. (gentle music) (gentle music) Bordering the states of Vermont,
New Hampshire and Maine, Québec’s Eastern Townships, know by the French as Cantons-de-l’Est is found only a few hours
from the nation’s capital, Québec’s capital, as well as the second biggest
city in Canada, Montréal. But despite being so close to
such a large number of people, the region’s small towns and villages have maintained their charm, which is why they’re a popular
destination for vacationers. The rolling hills, winding
rivers, clear lakes, and four national parks in the region also make it an adventure
traveler’s dream, with endless outdoor activities to choose from during the day, and a smorgasbord of
dining options afterwards. Not to mention 19 micro breweries. That’s right, 19. Unfortunately for me, I’m
not there to enjoy them. Instead, stand up paddler Alex Keller is exploring the region and her adventures get underway
in Frontenac National Park, which sits on the shores
of Lake Saint-François. (gentle music) Known for its rich biodiversity, Frontenac Park has over 200 bird species, 30 mammals, and 1,000 year old peat bog, which according to the
locals, we have to check out. And so Alex is meeting
up with Stephane Poulin who’s gonna show her around. (gentle music) – Stephane took me through what almost looks like a rainforest. It was so lush and so green, the ground was covered
in this beautiful moss, there were orchids and flowers and just this amazing place to adventure. And then the landscape changed drastically as he took me into the peat lands. – We are really close to the peat land and because of the peat that grow here, there’s a lot of humidity
still in the ground and this humidity will affect
the vegetation around us. So why we have a lot
of tree dead over here is because probably there’s
too much water on the ground so they die, and other younger
tree will take their place. That’s why there are so
many dead trees over here. (gentle music) – Because of the wetness of the peat, they had this really nice walkway
that we were able to go to and in the middle of the peat lands, they had this big tower that we could view the
entire landscape from. And from the view we got
to see the peat lands and these really unique water ways that are specific to this region. Stephane was able to
explain to me the reason why the water in the lake and
in the rivers is so pristine. When it rains, or from ice melt, the water is filtered
through the peat moss that’s there in the land, and it then goes into the
rivers and the streams, but it acts as a filtration system, keeping the waters pristine and perfect for the fish and the other
wildlife that live there. (exciting music) – [Ken] Having seen the park from land, Alex is excited to check
it out from the water, and so the two of them
head to Lake Saint-François to continue exploring by
stand up paddle board. (exciting music) – [Stephane] Lake
Saint-François is a lake, one of the big lake in
the southern Québec, 51 kilometers square, and here is one of the two big bay we have in the Frontenac National Park. This bay is the Moss Bradley. (gentle music) – [Alex] All of this where
we’re paddling now is protected. – Protected, in this bay, the maximum speed is
10 kilometers an hour, so it’s usually really quiet
to paddle, kayaking, canoeing. And people are really great to respect it and share their lake. (gentle music) – [Ken] Leaving Frontenac National Park, Alex heads south towards the mountains found near the Vermont border. She’s on her way to Au Diable
Vert, a unique outdoor center that sits high in the
Sutton Mountain range, and provides incredible views of the area. But the best way to see the countryside is from the Velovolant or Flying Bicycles, which provide a unique perspective
of the forest’s canopy. (gentle music) – Super excited to be here
today at Au Diable Vert at Velovolant or the Canopy Cycle Tours where today, I get to
cycle through the treetops. Okay.
– Okay? You’re good to go.
– Thank you, I’m good to go. (gentle music) – [Ken] The Velovolant is the first of its kind in Canada, and topping out at 100
vertical feet off the ground makes it the highest in the world. Although it’s not intended
for the faint of heart, unlike zip lines or other canopy tours, the Velovolant is not designed to be a challenging course, but a relaxing way to see the
forest and get stunning views of the surrounding
mountains and countryside. – [Alex] Woo! The sights, the sounds, the
environment is so calming. It’s so beautiful. I’m seeing mountains,
I’m seeing waterfalls, I’m seeing the trees and all
of the animals that live there. This is just a view that’s
unlike anything else that I’ve experienced. (gentle music) (dramatic music) – [Ken] Having got a bird’s
eye view of Eastern Townships, it’s time for Alex to explore more of the incredible waterways
that the region has to offer, and so she’s meeting up with William Hogg, a local guide who’s gonna show her down a beautiful section of
the Saint-Francois River that passes right through the center of the biggest town in the region, Sherbrooke. – [Alex] Well, we sure
lucked out in the weather. – [William] I know. This is late September almost. Most the time, you’d
be in a sweater and… – [Alex] Yeah.
(laughing) No, it’s perfect. (exciting music) The paddle on the Saint-François
River was really unique in that we got to start in nature. We actually started in
this beautiful park, and as we paddle through, we got to see all of the trees and nature, and the water is actually
really, really calm and really placid. You could see the
reflection of the blue sky and the trees on the river. (exciting music) – [William] The area
itself was first settled back in the 1600s, mainly by the English, and then after the War of
Independence in the states, a lot of the loyalists
who were pro Britain moved up and settled in the area. – [Alex] Okay, hence Sherbrooke? – [William] Yeah,
exactly, hence Sherbrooke, and many of the towns
in the area you’ll find are called English names as well. And it was only until
sort of the mid 1800s that more French settlers
started moving into the area, but today, it’s majority French, but there’s a very strong history of English and French relations
in the Eastern Townships. (exciting music) – Alex and William soon find themselves passing through the heart
of the city of Sherbrooke. Although it’s always
interesting to transition from the wilderness to
an urban environment, in Sherbrooke, it doesn’t feel unnatural, because here, like the rest
of the Eastern Townships, the town feels like a natural
extension of the landscape, a place where you can enjoy
fantastic urban amenities but still feel connected
with the land around you. Well, that does it for this
episode of Paddle Tales. Thanks for watching. If you liked it, give it a big thumbs up. Make sure you subscribe to
Paddle TV if you haven’t already, and feel free to leave
a comment down below. (exciting music)

7 thoughts on “Stand Up Paddleboarding Québec’s Cantons-de-l’Est | Paddle Tales

  • December 14, 2018 at 4:17 am

    Beautiful surroundings and a great trip.

  • December 23, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    Would liked to know more about the history of the peat bog. The video was very good and enjoyed it very much along with the previous one's.

  • January 24, 2019 at 12:30 am

    Hey Ken, my wife and I love your channel. We live in New England and you've given us so many places to visit with our kayaks. We even watched many of your videos before you were Paddle TV. Do you want to know how to get us to stop watching? Try this video. We don't need Body Glove product placement and gratuitous T&A shots. We don't need bicycles in the sky. I checked the scroller. We were about 7 1/2 minutes in and we had only been on the water for about a minute. Bring us back to Îles de la Madeleine, but don't bring us into to buy stuff.

  • April 14, 2019 at 3:14 am

    I was click Baited and paddled on in

  • April 20, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    I would so fold her!!!

  • April 23, 2019 at 5:40 am

    I really hate when they don't mention the cost of travel.

  • July 23, 2019 at 4:49 am

    Come backkkkkkkkkkk


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