Last week, on a family vacation to Québec City, I had the opportunity to take lots of photos. When we weren't visiting family, we were going on day trips in nature.
Our first excursion was to Lac Saint-Joseph, 45 minutes north of Québec City. I had the pleasure of kayaking and paddle boarding on this beautiful lake. While kayaking, I saw familiar plants such as Myrica gale growing right on the edge of the water, partly in the water. A highlight, and a new plant on my list, was a small patch of Impatiens capensis, commonly known as spotted jewelweed. I. capensis is a herbaceous annual native to North America.
Our second excursion took us to la forêt Montmorency, an hour north of Québec City. This boreal forest wilderness is a research station and forestry school run by Laval University. The 4.5 km hike we took around lac Piché was very special. Living in a temperate rainforest, it was super cool to see the flora of the boreal forest, also known as the taiga. This beautiful forest is characterized by thin conifers such as spruce. This eco-region is found in the northern parts of Canadian provinces and around the globe at similar latitudes such as Russia and northern Europe. These forests are incredibly important for a wide array of wildlife ranging from songbirds to lynx. The abundance of trees also makes it a massive global carbon sink, mitigating climate change. I was thrilled to come upon Larix laricina, know as tamarack or larch. The reason why this was so cool was because it's a deciduous conifer. The genus Larix, is one of the few groups of conifers to loose their needles in the fall. Another example of a deciduous conifer is the swamp cypress, native to the southern US. There were two things found in abundance on both sides of the trail. Cornus canadensis, bunchberry, spread all across the forest floor alongside a lot of mushrooms. Not only were there lots of mushrooms, but there was also a high diversity of them. Some purple, some red, some orange. I've never seen so many mushrooms in one area. This was a great hike and worthwhile visit!
If anyone ever finds themselves travelling to Québec, a day trip to the boreal forest is well worth it.
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