Dog Sledding under the stars… what a trip!

Unforgettable picture.

 I love my job, I really do. One month ago I was invited to the Daaquam Outfitters & Resort which is located at only 115km South Est from Quebec city, in the Appalachian Regional park. Why there? Because this is the only place in Canada where you can enjoy Dog Sledding… by night! A trip in the cold, under the stars with no light except the one above us, how do you call that big round thing again? Oh, yeah, the moon.

It was my first experience of dog sledding ever. For a lot of people from Québec, this is typically a tourist activity, not to say a cliché. Anyway, the cliché may be real in the day light but when you shut the light off, you turn it into something completely different: an adventure.

Max Vidal made it possible. He’s the owner of the Daaquam Outfitters & Resort, a passionate man that has been literally building this 100 km web since 1993. You can not do this night trip all winter long though, only during certain periods. «La Magie des Astres», the name of this incredible excursion, can be done only on particular nights because you have to get the sunset, the moonrise and a full moon to make the magic happen withing 4h.

Night workers. Thank you guys.

So here I am, entering the forest as the sun go down behind the trees who seemed to be on fire by the way. I first remained inside the sled or on I don’t really knows, sitting comfortably to take some pictures while there was still some light, then I drove this secular wooden vehicle to experience the feeling. I immediately noticed there was no gas pedal, I just had to release the brakes and the six husky dogs rushed forward like crazy. Piece of advice: don’t forget to help the dogs in the curves by putting your weight on the right or the left otherwise… well, I confirm the snow is pretty tasty in the Appalachian Regional park.

The trip lasted 4 hours, temperature: -15 degrees but thanks to Max who gave me an outfit that was designed for such cold, I was OK and enjoyed the magnificence of the landscapes instead of thinking « I’m cold, I’m cold…. ».

It was like being in a planetarium, but in real, with Nature around. The most incredible thing is that we never really had to use any sort of light. We could see the path thanks to the stars and the moon. Well, we used some light when we stopped to have… dinner! Max had prepared an exquisite meal: hot soup, salmon sandwiches, terrine, dessert AND a great glass of Ice Cider. Unforgettable moment.

Max Vidal, the passionate owner of Daaquam Outfitters & resort

On the way back we crossed a peat bog and that was the climax of this beautiful trip. No trees anymore to block the view, infinity in front of us, the quietness of great spaces, Lady Moon and her million friends… as George Clooney could have said. What else?

If you wanna go beyond the cliché: book the trip: March 2012 6th, 7th, 8th. You won’t regret it.

Daaquam Outfitters & resort
47, Rue des Moulins  Saint-Just-de-Bretenières, QC G0R 3H0
(418) 244-3442

Beautiful Peru

I recently participated in a press trip in Peru. 12 incredible days. Tons of memories and incredible images, Here are some of them.

I « tried » to dance Marinela

I "tried" to dance Marinela

I made new friends

I made new friends

I saw wonderful landscape like Moray

I read incredible stories. Here in the train to the Matchu Picchu.

I read incredible stories. Here in the train to the Matchu Picchu.

I saw wonderful landscape like Moray


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There is a $24 000 bee in Galerie d’Este (Guerlain)

On November 28th, Maison Guerlain (House of Guerlain) and the Galerie D’Este came together to celebrate the art of collecting in an event that showcased Guerlain’s emblematic symbol, the Bee with Golden Wings.

When someone told me the price of the insect was $24 000, I tried to avoid moving my arms the Italian way, as I sometimes do when I speak… I’m not sure my insurance company would back me up if I broke this expensive piece of art. Marie-Line Patry, (Fragrance and Beauty Events Director for the USA) and Robert Poulain (Director of the Peau de l’Ours, a contemporary art buying collective) are the two aficionados that presided over this grand unveiling. I didn’t speak with them but some names in an article make it more serious. At least, I believe it does.

I had a brief meeting with a Guerlain perfume specialist who touched my skin (in a non erotic way of course) and told me that the Guerlain perfume that fits me best would be Tonka Imperiale (you can smell it here). It was a nice smell but I was not entirely convinced. I think it would smell better for someone around. I keep the name of this perfume in my head for 2028. My Ralph Lauren’s Polo will do the job until that.

Throughout the evening, other collection flacons have been showcased. If you’re curious and wanna see the expensive and beautiful Bee (Baccarat crystal sculpture) or just have a look at the paintings and sculpture of Galerie d’Este, they will be on displayuntil December 4th.

GALERIE D’ESTE           
T. (514) 846-1515
MÉTRO: Atwater

A photo exhibit… and a beer.

Next time you walk on rue Mont-Royal street, near Saint-Denis crossing, take a few moments to go to the photo exhibit « Portraits Forts ». The artist Charles-Henri Debeur reveals a new series of portraits at « O Patro Vys » (356, Mont-Royal, east) until November 5th.

This venue is located in a rather trendy area of the street, just above one of my favorite bar : the Bily Kun. So grab a beer or two and go upstairs to admire a selection of recent portraits, created accordingly to what Charles-Henri calls the approach of « photo-therapist » which is based on a convivial and easy-going method during the portrait sessions, bringing the photographed subject to appreciate and adopt his/her own true « image ».

The result on the walls is extremely sincere. All kind of Montreal’s « public figures », old guys, kids, unknown people and famous ones like (my favorite) the one of Uncle Fofy from Couscous Comedy Show. Happiness, depth, irony, Charles-Henri succeeds in creating unity from the diversity of this urban fresco.

 More info: LifePHOTOGRAPHER