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Adventure travel: petting wolves at Quebec’s Parc Mahikan

  • Publication Date: Dec 12, 2015
  • Publication: South China Morning Post
Gilles Granal copyright Jenn Smith Nelson

“I think all people who have sled dogs love wolves. It’s a mysterious animal,” says Granal, who, with his tattoos of the animal and long hair, looks every bit the rugged outdoorsman.

Bordered by mountainous ridges and forests, the region is defined by its two major water features: the immense Saint-Jean lake and the mighty Saguenay river, which empties through the Fjord-du-Saguenay, one of the world’s largest. Hikers, rafters, snowmobilers, dogsledders, ice fishermen and skiers are all attracted to the region, and the VĂ©loroute des Bleuets (“blueberry route”), which circles Lac-St-Jean, is one of North America’s premier cycling routes.

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