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March 2019
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Without transition, we escape north towards Mont-Laurier, a small town of 14,000 inhabitants near the Baskatong Reservoir, a gigantic water reserve of over 400 km2 fed by the Gatineau River, which ends its race near Ottawa.

Mont-Laurier, Quebec. Une halte. janvier 2019. Plume Voyage Magazine #plumevoyage @plumevoyagemagazine @plumevoyage © Françoise SPIEKERMEIER

To remind us how much the French presence deeply kneaded the land of Quebec and its whole story, Nicolas "Gatineau", Sieur Duplessis from France, a fur trader and explorer, had to drown in 1683.

During the trip, the names of the French wood-runners are constantly invoked: their adventures with the First Nations who have woven with them, bonds of indelible blood.

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