Gaspésie 2016 flying trip

In July 2016, I rented a Cessna 172 from the Brampton Flying Club (CNC3) and went on a tour of Gaspésie (or so we thought) with my friend Charles P.

Cessna 172

The nice Cessna 172S with a Garmin G1000 glass cockpit

We flew over southern Ontario and the 1000 lakes.

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Then we passed north of Montréal (with a distant shot of the stadium)

North Montréal

North Montréal

Then we arrived in Québec City and spent the night there. (We landed and left the plane at Neuville CNV9. Very nice GA airport, highly recommended.)

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The next morning we got clearance for a few passes downtown.

Québec City

Looking west, with the Château Frontenac in the forefront

Québec City

Looking east

We passed by the Chutes de Montmorency

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And we started going up the St-Laurent river.

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Notice the little air strip on the right of the island

And we turned east to go over the Sherbrooke area towards Gaspésie.

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We made a stop in Bonaventure (great name, nice regional airport)

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After the stop, we followed the coast to Rocher-Percé and we flew over Bonaventure Island and the Northern gannets colony.

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Then we arrived at Gaspé.

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The original plan was to follow the coast north and west and continue a counter-clockwise tour of the peninsula. However, the thunderstorms that gave us good tail winds on the way in, prevented us from following that plan and actually grounded us for a day.

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So we went for a hike in the Gaspé National Park.

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Tough times...

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The north being blocked by the storm, we tried to come back through the middle of the peninsula, but the ceiling was touching the terrain, pushing us south.

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You shall not pass!

So we diverted to Charlo, New Brunswick and waited for the weather to get better and headed back over the peninsula towards Trois-Rivières.

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The St-Laurent again

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Night arrival at Trois-Rivières

The next day we left Trois-Rivières for our last leg. We called in to get a transponder code to be able to pass by Montréal downtown after following the St-Laurent.

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The Olympic stadium

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Downtown

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Back to southern Ontario

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the Mosport track

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Back in Toronto