A week-end up North : Lac-St-Jean and Zoo Sauvage of St-Félicien

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Our family vacation this year was a very short one. Since we took 6 weeks at the end of 2013 to go spend time with my husband’s family in the states, he did not have much vacation time left over this year. So all through summer, we made the most of our week-ends : I little hiking day here, a trip to Montreal to see my sister there… But this week-end was special. In a continuing effort to simplify our daily lives, we opted for an “experience” kind of birthday present for our daughter this year.

4 years old is a magical age for many reasons, my favorite being that this is around the time children start really remembering things, events and places. I know that some of my first very vivid memories are from that age and we had promised ourselves that when we would get there, we would start visiting new places, experiencing new things as a family.

And this time, it wasn’t just new for them, but for us as well. For a girl who has traveled the world, I sure have some work to do when it comes to discovering my own province.  So after a day of slowly traveling North, going through the Laurentian Natural Reserve and taking a long leisurely drive around Lac-St-Jean, we settled at the hotel for an evening of relaxation and preparation for a full day at St-Felicien’s Zoo Sauvage. We were there at the opening (at 5’C / 41’F weather) ready for action. We got to see all the animal feedings and took a train ride around the wild safari part of the park. This zoo is amazing because they have practically no indoor exhibits. Being opened 12 months out of the year, all animals there are either domestic or from areas of the world with similar climates like mountainous regions of the world or the plains and steppes of China and Mongolia.  All enclosures are vast and natural. A few, like the polar bears and seals, are a bit more man-made to provide them with deep enough pools for swimming, but other than that, the entire site is one HUGE natural reserve and it,s sometimes hard to say where enclosures end and start. Aviaries are open and you can step inside with bald eagles and snowy owls. It was just wonderful.

My daughter kept gushing, insisting every animal was her FAVORITE and left saying she wanted to work at a zoo one day. That melts a mama’s heart.

So after 4 hours of straight driving last night, we came home and within an hour the kiddos were passed out. Not long after that, mama and papa were dead to the world as well.

In 2 days, my daughter’s 4th turn around the sun will come to an end. It’s a big week of celebration and growing up. Before my eyes, she’s becoming a young lady. I’m both thrilled and a little nostalgic. But I love watching her walk this path of life.

Hope everyone had a lovely week-end!

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About Yanic A.

Hello to all of you and thank you for stopping by! My name is Yanic. I'm a wife to a wonderful husband, a mother of 2 beautifully complex and unique children and a lover of all things inspiring. Having started a personal journey of self discovery when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter 4 years ago, I've since embraced a daily life of simpler pleasures and gratitude. As we get to know each other, you will know me as a quilter, a gardener, a Tao cultivator, a vegetarian foodie, a true believer in a healthy family life as being the secret to my happiness and hopefully as time goes on, a friend... I will try to share with you my days as they unfold, speaking of my happy successes without censoring my challenges, trying to make this blog a true portrait of the ever-changing path that I have chosen for myself. I'm hoping to find in these pages others to share with and learn from, bringing to light the absolute connection in all things and people, showing this world as being a true community.
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19 Responses to A week-end up North : Lac-St-Jean and Zoo Sauvage of St-Félicien

  1. What a wonderful spot, and such a lovely place to celebrate four trips around the sun. Have a wonderful week. xo

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  2. jbsavage says:

    what a beautiful zoo

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    • Yanic A. says:

      It really was… I’ve been to so many that I felt more sad than inspired in the end. It was nice to leave a zoo feeling happy and grateful for the experience and wanting to come back!

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  3. Lisa says:

    LOL-I mapped it out. Just a short 15 hour, 17 minute drive from Lansing, Michigan. It’s only 14 hours, 26 minutes if there’s no traffic. I’m not usually a huge fan of zoos because of the unnatural living arrangements. This one looks beautiful.

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Same here! I did the ride to this one just for that. Everyone told me how different this would be, I chose to believe them and the gamble paid off in spades! If you ever drive through, please let me know!!! I’m about 4 hours south of the place.

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  4. mountaingmom says:

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend, memories and new photos.

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Yes! And we decided to start treasuring our times caught on “film”. I’ve ordered a souvenir picture album of our trip. The one lesson I learned from loosing all our pictures is that if I never print them, never share them, am I really treasuring the moments captured? You know?

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  5. sandralouise says:

    Such great photos, Yanic. I love the one of your daughter taking to the polar bear. I have something similar with me at Sea World talking to Shamu, but I wasn’t as young and cute as she is. 🙂

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  6. jemills56 says:

    Agree with Sandra……….the photograph of the Polar Bear and your daughter – priceless.

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Thank you! It was a very lucky shot on my part cause I was mostly watching the show. LOL! Polar bears are my favorite animal. I can get lost in them swimming gracefully under water… I feel like a big kid!

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  7. What gorgeous photos! It sounds like an amazing trip and a wonderful way to end her fourth trip around the sun! xo

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    • Yanic A. says:

      It truly was. We are already looking forward to going back. We are thinking in a few years, when both are older, head there during winter for one of their night time snow shoe expedition. 🙂

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  9. sally says:

    What an amazing zoo, sounds well worth the drive. And how incredible to see Polar bears at all never mind so close up, I love Polar bears and am quite envious! Great photos of them, particularly the one with your little one.

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