Parc des Bauges : Le Petit Canada

We took a little drive up the mountains into the Parc des Bauges this afternoon. There are several different areas of the park, but we decided to go to Savoie Grand Revard – mostly because it’s pretty close to Chambéry and offers a great view of Lac du Bourget, but also because it’s called le petit Canada. Why is it called Little Canada? Well, the Parc des Bauges website says this: “Le plateau de Savoie Grand Revard, à l’altitude moyenne de 1400 m, contraste avec le reste du massif des Bauges par ses formes douces, aux ambiances canadiennes.”

First we stopped in La Féclaz because that’s where the Office du Tourisme is located. We got a ton of brochures for summer and winter activities as well as maps of all the hiking and skiing trails. I’m not so sure about the winter-time stuff since I hate the cold and abhor skiing, but I think I’d like to go to the adventure park D’un Arbre à l’Autre because they have zip lining from tree to tree (hence the name) and different types of rock-climbing and canyoning.

Then we continued north to Le Revard to stop at the belvédère where there is a vue exceptionelle of Aix-les-Bains & Lac du Bourget on one side and Mont Blanc on the other. It was a bit too cloudy to see everything, but I do have to agree that the view is exceptionelle.

And the many, many cows roaming around freely were very cute. Except when they were on the road. The fog rolled in while we were having coffee and tea at the restaurant and I was really regretting wearing only a t-shirt and shorts when we stepped outside. I don’t know if I will ever remember that mountains = colder temperatures before we set out on these trips…

We drove through more small villages and along Lac du Bourget on the way home. I loved being in the countryside where there are forests and lakes and more cows than people. I will gladly take the sound of cowbells over the sound of scooters any day. I can’t wait when we can move into a house far away from the noise of the city and where we can have our own terrain and not just a tiny terrasse or jardin.

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  • http://family-counts.blogspot.com/ barbara

    Hi Jennie,
    I’ve been super busy since last week and am catching up with friend’s blogs.
    La Savoie is one region that I have only visted very briefly in the past. I would love to see more. I’ve been through Le lac de Bourget, & l’Abbaye d’Hautecombe & Annecy-le-Vieil with friends a long time ago. But too short.
    .-= barbara´s last blog ..Bercy village =-.

  • http://family-counts.blogspot.com/ barbara

    Hi Jennie,
    I’ve been super busy since last week and am catching up with friend’s blogs.
    La Savoie is one region that I have only visted very briefly in the past. I would love to see more. I’ve been through Le lac de Bourget, & l’Abbaye d’Hautecombe & Annecy-le-Vieil with friends a long time ago. But too short.
    .-= barbara´s last blog ..Bercy village =-.

  • http://boeingbleudemer.blogspot.com/ Cynthia

    It’s really beautiful, my in-laws have a country house a bit closer to Geneva (Samoëns) and it’s so soothing for the body and mind! Last winter I was very surprised that the temperature in the mountains is quite warm. I had brought my Quebec snow kit and I just kept removing clothes lol
    .-= Cynthia´s last blog ..Les apparences sont souvent trompeuses =-.

  • http://boeingbleudemer.blogspot.com/ Cynthia

    It’s really beautiful, my in-laws have a country house a bit closer to Geneva (Samoëns) and it’s so soothing for the body and mind! Last winter I was very surprised that the temperature in the mountains is quite warm. I had brought my Quebec snow kit and I just kept removing clothes lol
    .-= Cynthia´s last blog ..Les apparences sont souvent trompeuses =-.

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com/ Zhu

    It does look like Ontario or Québec… in the summer!
    .-= Zhu´s last blog ..The Sweets, The Fat And The Scale =-.

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com Zhu

    It does look like Ontario or Québec… in the summer!
    .-= Zhu´s last blog ..The Sweets, The Fat And The Scale =-.

  • http://laprochainefois.blogspot.com/ cathy

    look at that happy cow! i <3 happy cows because happy cows = good milk & good cheese
    .-= cathy´s last blog ..i’m a daring baker too! sorta. =-.

  • http://laprochainefois.blogspot.com cathy

    look at that happy cow! i <3 happy cows because happy cows = good milk & good cheese
    .-= cathy´s last blog ..i’m a daring baker too! sorta. =-.

  • http://www.realalps.com/ Paul Tuohy

    So you discovered Les Bauges! We’d been going to Annecy since 1986 but never knew that just over the Col d’Leschaux was a hidden little world. We took the plunge and bought a plot of land and had a chalet built as our home from home. July 09 was our first summer hol with friends and we saw the Tour de France come through Anecy. Jenny – you’ve got to get used to the snow! You don’t need to like skiing. In Les Bauges you can snow shoe and on blue sky days with a ruck sack, a picnic and some wine you can walk at Margeriaz to the top and get a sun tan in Feb – i kid you not..!
    Great site. Our next mission is to learn French. All those vactions and I still struggle. i need an intensive course and am determined now to get some reasonable conversational French. Can’t wait to spend new year in front of the log fire after looking at Mont Columbier. All welcome! Paul and Wendy Tuohy

  • http://www.realalps.com Paul Tuohy

    So you discovered Les Bauges! We’d been going to Annecy since 1986 but never knew that just over the Col d’Leschaux was a hidden little world. We took the plunge and bought a plot of land and had a chalet built as our home from home. July 09 was our first summer hol with friends and we saw the Tour de France come through Anecy. Jenny – you’ve got to get used to the snow! You don’t need to like skiing. In Les Bauges you can snow shoe and on blue sky days with a ruck sack, a picnic and some wine you can walk at Margeriaz to the top and get a sun tan in Feb – i kid you not..!
    Great site. Our next mission is to learn French. All those vactions and I still struggle. i need an intensive course and am determined now to get some reasonable conversational French. Can’t wait to spend new year in front of the log fire after looking at Mont Columbier. All welcome! Paul and Wendy Tuohy

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