Saturday March 22 - samedi 22 mars
Saturday's Spontaneous Early Spring outing will be exploring the Chambly Basin and the Richelieu River. The trip will begin at Fort Chambly, in Chambly, and then head south along the Richelieu River to St-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
MEETING LOCATION: Fort Chambly National Historic Site, 2 rue de Richelieu, Chambly, Quebec, in the main parking lot (free parking).
Google Map: http://goo.gl/maps/hz9cT
MEETING TIME: 8 AM; Half-day; combination walking & driving trip
LEADER: Sheldon Harvey
DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From Montreal, take the Champlain Bridge to the South Shore. Continue on Autoroute 10-Eastern Townships Autoroute. Take Exit 10 for Autoroute 30 East-Direction Sorel-Tracy. Continue on Autoroute 30 East to Exit 73 for Highway 112-Cousineau Blvd. Turn right on to Highway 112-Cousineau Blvd.
Continue on Highway 112 through St-Hubert, Carignan and into the town of Chambly. NOTE: Highway 112 becomes boul. de Perigny in Chambly. Follow Highway 112-boul. de Perigny to the intersection with boul. Frechette. Turn left on boul. Frechette. Follow boul. Frechette to ave. Bourgogne. Turn right on ave. Bourgogne and follow it along until you cross a small bridge over the Chambly Canal. The entrance to the Fort Chambly parking will be on your left just a little past the bridge.
ITINERARY: We will begin by checking out the rapids area on the Chambly Basin located behind the old fort as well as the grounds around the fort. We will then move on through the town of Chambly checking various observation points on the Richelieu River. We will then begin driving south along Highway 223 following the Richelieu River through Carignan and into St-Jean-sur-Richelieu where we will make several stops at observation points along the river.
NOTE: Spotting scopes will be useful on this trip, as will two-way radios to communicate between cars along the route.
For more information please contact Sheldon Harvey at 450-462-1459, or on Saturday morning after 6 am at 514-637-2141, or by e-mail