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Canada : Québec

2.3 km (1.4 miles) SE of Mulligan Ferry, QC, Canada
Approx. altitude: 166 m (544 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo topo250 world confnav)
Antipode: 46°S 104°E

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#2: The GPS shot #3: View to the south #4: View to the north #5: Cat tails in the swamp #6: Ross with his transportation

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  46°N 76°W (visit #1)  

#1: A view to the West

(visited by R. Kouhi)

16-Mar-2001 -- I'd had enough of the technology world for one week, and so took Friday off to see if I couldn't go nab another confluence point. Luckily the high tech mecca of Canada is still fairly un-aware of the confluence project it seems, so all 3 of the 4 points neighbouring Ottawa sit like ripe grapes for me to pluck (insert evil laugh here).

Departing the city at about 11:00 am, pockets full of coulombs I drove north over the river into Quebec and along highway 5, until it turns into 105, running along the Gatineau river and winds it's way north through the skiing areas like Fortune, Vorlage and towards Mont Ste. Marie. The village namesake of the latter is the closest town to the confluence point. At first I went straight toward it, hoping that it was sufficiently close the that I could just cross the Gatineau north of Kazabazua and get to it. But alas, it appeared to be on the other side and over some hills - still a few km away.

Backtracking, then turning off the road to Mont Ste Marie and then onto Chemine la Chute I drove over muddy roads. It appeared that the closest approach was about 2.2km from the confpt. I started out into a snowy logging road, which quickly became two skidder ruts in the meter deep snow (tough skiing), finally I crossed the tributary of the Gatineau and cut into a small woodlot, along a snowmobile trail, then at about 900m, into a swamp. If you haven't skied through snowfilled swamps, you're missing something. In summer they are almost impenetrable due to wet, mushy land, flies and brush. In the winter, they are nice open spaces punctuated with dried cat-tails, polished tree trunks and hidden beaver dams.

That long thin swamp between a couple of hills joined onto another more open wetland area, but alas the confpt lay to the east, into the bush. I ascended the densly covered hill (not so easy on skis, where you can't herringbone up the hill, you instead need to make a longer traverse). And there lay the confpt in it's shining glory...

...actually I had to chase it around between the trees. My Etrex Summit said it was 3m away, then it jumped up to 30m - so I figured that's as close as I could nail it and started shooting pictures.

Two down.


 All pictures
#1: A view to the West
#2: The GPS shot
#3: View to the south
#4: View to the north
#5: Cat tails in the swamp
#6: Ross with his transportation
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