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Coaticook Road Trip in the Mazda3

Coaticook road trip in the Mazda3

With the fall leaves already changing, a country road trip was on the top of our bucket list. The options for new adventures are bountiful since we only moved to Quebec a few months ago, but when Cord heard about Forest Lumina, a night-illuminated trail created for people of all ages, on the radio, a Coaticook road trip was on the horizon. We booked camping-like accommodations, planned a few activities like hiking and mini golf, and hit the road in our Mazda3. Forest Lumina was the main destination but the road trip was an equally fantastic part of the journey.

Coaticook road trip in the Mazda3We packed the trunk of the car with essentials like marshmallows and board games and added luxuries like sleeping bags, firewood, and clothes. For a short two-day trip like this, the truck space in the Mazda3 was plenty. I was shocked when the cooler fit perfectly without having to remove the trunk cover.  We wanted to be as comfortable as possible in the car since a major part of the adventure was watching the leaves and enjoying the ride.
East Hereford Campground, QuebecThe Mont Expérience Hereford campground was tucked away in the trees and along a soothing river. We weren’t equipped for tenting so we chose a pod; it gave us all the fun of camping like a fire pit, BBQ, and rustic accommodations with none of the hassle of setting up a tent or bringing extra gear.
East Hereford Campground, QuebecInside the pod was basic but exactly what we needed. Cord sleeps with a machine that requires electricity so we were grateful for the outlet next to the bed and Athena was excited to sleep on the pull-out bed. In the early morning hours, we really appreciated the fireplace because the temperatures dipped to single digits over night.
East Hereford Campground, QuebecOur plans were loose so we took a quiet walk along the river before returning back to the town center. We jumped across the rocks and played in the leaves. I felt cozy in my Bench sweater and welcomed the crisp air. The long sleeves covered my cold fingers and I pulled the hook over my head when the wind blew. It was Athena’s first time experiencing fall so I wanted to be out in nature as much as possible.
Mini Golf, CoaticookThe only time we were inside, other than sleeping, was to play a round of mini golf. GLO Golf Adventures has an 18-hole course played in the dark with black lights. Along the course, we wandered through whimsical landscapes, traveled under the sea, headed into space, and passed through the medieval era. Athena never tried mini-golf before so I quietly laughed as she learned to hold the club and swing at the ball. She looked like a hockey player, but we weren’t exactly keeping score or trying to be pro.
Gorge Park, Coaticook, QuebecNot far from GLO Golf Adventures is Parc de la Gorge, which is where Foresta Lumina happens at night. We were excited to hike around the park during the day and experience the contrast by returning at night. The Gorge Canyon Trail is 3.5 km and includes a suspended footbridge, an observation tower, a cave, and a river.
PARC DE LA GORGE DE COATICOOKHaving a child is the perfect excuse to be a big kid again. We both jumped and played in the leaves at Parc de la Gorge and it reminded me of how much I missed fall and seasons in general while living in California.
Poutine in Coaticook, QuebecWe built up an appetite after hiking so we found a restaurant that makes poutine. With so many local dairy farms and local products, I knew we’d get delicious, squeaky curds and home-made gravy.  Restaurant La Place hit the spot and we saved room for dessert at La Laiterie de Coaticook.
Laiterie de Coaticook, QuebecCoaticook ice cream is well known in Quebec and La Laiterie de Coaticook is the place to get it. I ordered a scoop of double caramel and one with maple. I can honestly say it was the best ice cream I ever had in my life. I would consider driving two hours just to get it from the source again. Rather than a cake for my birthday this year, I want Coaticook ice cream.
Forest Lumina, Coaticook, QuebecThe main event during our Coaticook road trip followed La Laiterie de Coaticook. I expected Foresta Lumina to be beautiful but it was so far beyond my expectations that I’m at a loss for words.
Forest Lumina, QuebecAs we walked through the forest, we experienced a magical world of fairies, a universe of stars, and the chance to make music and light of our own. I was mesmerized by the beauty and the final section along the river made me feel like I was in outer space, surrounded by millions of stars (twinkling lights created by Parc de la Gorge). I would have flown half way around the world to take part in Forest Lumina but I only had to drive a couple hours.
Coaticook road trip, QuebecWe headed back toward Montreal the next day, but our Coaticook road trip wasn’t over because the drive was an equally great part of the journey. Brightly colored trees lined the roads with the occasional farm or house to add contrast.

We’re embracing the seasons and planning more trips like our Coaticook road trip. I’m hoping for at least one trip a month to a new destination around Montreal.

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45 thoughts on “Coaticook Road Trip in the Mazda3

  1. robin rue says:

    It sounds like you had a fun time on your roadtrip. Your ride sounds really sweet, too. Glad you guys had fun.

  2. robin rue says:

    It sounds like you had a fun time on your roadtrip. Your ride sounds really sweet, too. Glad you guys had fun.

  3. Sarah Ebner says:

    This sounds like such a fab break – and so many great things, from the mini golf (our favourite) to the delicious ice-cream and amazing forest. Plus a car which actually fits in all the stuff you want to take with!

  4. Sarah Ebner says:

    This sounds like such a fab break – and so many great things, from the mini golf (our favourite) to the delicious ice-cream and amazing forest. Plus a car which actually fits in all the stuff you want to take with!

  5. Ya’ll had an awesome trip! That glow in the dark golf looks so cool. I can’t believe y’all packed that much into that car, I would have never thought it could handle that.

  6. Ya’ll had an awesome trip! That glow in the dark golf looks so cool. I can’t believe y’all packed that much into that car, I would have never thought it could handle that.

  7. Rachee says:

    That is a sweet ride and I would love to hang with you! Your trip looks amazing and fun and full of memories!

  8. Rachee says:

    That is a sweet ride and I would love to hang with you! Your trip looks amazing and fun and full of memories!

  9. Rachel says:

    I never seem to be able to plan the road trips right when the leaves are changing. I try though! I could just drive forever when it is like that.

  10. Rachel says:

    I never seem to be able to plan the road trips right when the leaves are changing. I try though! I could just drive forever when it is like that.

  11. It looks like y’all has an awesome trip! I rented a Mazda3 one time, and really liked it. They are nice little cars and I remember getting pretty good gas mileage out of her on our trip.

  12. It looks like y’all has an awesome trip! I rented a Mazda3 one time, and really liked it. They are nice little cars and I remember getting pretty good gas mileage out of her on our trip.

  13. Jeanine says:

    What a fun time! The Mazda 3 looks like a great ride. I’ve actually heard such great things about it! Such a nice little car!

  14. Jeanine says:

    What a fun time! The Mazda 3 looks like a great ride. I’ve actually heard such great things about it! Such a nice little car!

  15. It looks like you guys had an amazing time during that road trip! The car is perfect for trips like that, I seriously love the space!

  16. It looks like you guys had an amazing time during that road trip! The car is perfect for trips like that, I seriously love the space!

  17. You are really having fall, now. Here in Missouri we are about a week out from having a real fall.

  18. You are really having fall, now. Here in Missouri we are about a week out from having a real fall.

  19. Roxanne says:

    I am so jealous! I have tried convincing my husband to take a trip to Montreal! It looks beautiful and it looks like you had an amazing get away with the family. That car is pretty sweet too!

  20. Roxanne says:

    I am so jealous! I have tried convincing my husband to take a trip to Montreal! It looks beautiful and it looks like you had an amazing get away with the family. That car is pretty sweet too!

  21. reesa says:

    Wow, what an absolutely beautiful place!!! I love the Mazda 3, it is such a fun drive!

  22. reesa says:

    Wow, what an absolutely beautiful place!!! I love the Mazda 3, it is such a fun drive!

  23. Jean says:

    Wow, this sounds like such an amazing trip! You clearly packed lots into the couple of days you were there, and I’m sure you’ll remember it for years to come. I especially like the look of that crazy golf!

  24. Jenny says:

    This looks like such a phone trip! Everything about this trips scream fall and family fun. And that car’s trunk space is everything!

  25. Jenny says:

    This looks like such a phone trip! Everything about this trips scream fall and family fun. And that car’s trunk space is everything!

  26. Heather says:

    This looks like such a fun road trip! My very first car purchased on my own out of college was a Mazda3 so I’ll always have a special place for this car. Love the new models!

  27. Melissa says:

    This sounds like such a fun road trip! And the car looks so comfy and comfortable.

  28. Melissa says:

    This sounds like such a fun road trip! And the car looks so comfy and comfortable.

  29. I cannot BELIEVE how much you crammed into that trunk! I lived several summers à Québec but never got to the places you visited on this trip – will def add them to the list when I take my family to see la belle province someday! (And the photo of that poutine is making me hungry…)

  30. I cannot BELIEVE how much you crammed into that trunk! I lived several summers à Québec but never got to the places you visited on this trip – will def add them to the list when I take my family to see la belle province someday! (And the photo of that poutine is making me hungry…)

  31. TColeman says:

    This sounds like it was an awesome trip all around. I absolutely love the Mazda line of vehicles.

  32. TColeman says:

    This sounds like it was an awesome trip all around. I absolutely love the Mazda line of vehicles.

  33. Amber K says:

    What a fantastic trip. It looks like it was a great time, and I love that pod I would be happy staying there forever.

  34. Amber K says:

    What a fantastic trip. It looks like it was a great time, and I love that pod I would be happy staying there forever.

  35. Amber Nelson says:

    That sure is a sporty ride and it looks like you can store a lot of stuff in it. Looks like a great roadtrip!

  36. Jennifer says:

    I can’t believe how much you fit into the trunk! I may have to look into this car when my kids start to drive!

  37. Jennifer says:

    I can’t believe how much you fit into the trunk! I may have to look into this car when my kids start to drive!

  38. Kaity | With Kids and Coffee says:

    Wow—that drive looks absolutely amazing! I love how the Mazda3 matches all of the gorgeous fall foliage you were driving through. 🙂

  39. Kaity | With Kids and Coffee says:

    Wow—that drive looks absolutely amazing! I love how the Mazda3 matches all of the gorgeous fall foliage you were driving through. 🙂

  40. what an awesome road trip. I was just thinking the other day that we haven’t done a true road trip with our kids and it would be a fun and adventurous for our family. thanks for the reminder.

  41. what an awesome road trip. I was just thinking the other day that we haven’t done a true road trip with our kids and it would be a fun and adventurous for our family. thanks for the reminder.

  42. Tara Holland says:

    Looks like you had a lot of fun, and I’m amazed at the amount of trunk space in the Mazda3! Definitely enough room to take everything you need on a trip.

  43. Tara Holland says:

    Looks like you had a lot of fun, and I’m amazed at the amount of trunk space in the Mazda3! Definitely enough room to take everything you need on a trip.

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