Inland lost village

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Entering the village
Ste-Christine, a forgotten settlement located along the Route 354 between St-Raymond and St-Marc-des-Carrières. There isn't much to say about the village, it is crossed within 30 seconds of driving. Though you certainly noticed it after having been driving in a series of farming land and forest without any souls living around until you come to this tiny packed group of houses.

There are two main elements on the municipal territory that brings lovely attention. The first one, partly for its natural interest, is the Gorry Waterfall on the Ste-Anne River. It is not accessible by the road, so it requires a long walk on private land to reach its view from atop the valley. It is a lovely walk to do when the autumn colour hits. Of course some land owner might act annoying regarding the fact that some people walk around, this is mainly because they all have cottages lost in the forest and might think that you want to rob them (as they usually are easy target) or that it is hunting season and they wouldn't want you to become part of the hunting game prey.
Canola Field

Otherwise, it is rarely an issue and if you wish you still hike nobody can actually do anything about it.

Another waterfall on the St-Anne River is more accessible, although this waterfall as long disappeared to hydroelectricity damming. Therefore during the heat of the summer when the river is low there is absolutely no water flowing down the dam, though the view can be more impressive in the spring during the snow melt.

The second is purely historic and consists of an old tradition of creating Wood Charcoal from the Coal Kiln Oven that were built everywhere in the county for local use. Ste-Christine is the only places where there is still a group of Coal Oven in operation for industrial purpose. It is located off a tiny plain valley along the road and on 'heavy weather' day, this valley can become misty by the fume coming from that tiny industry.
Gorry Waterfall on the Ste-Anne River - Ste-Christine ((c)MRC de Portneuf)

Although, I personally can not say much about that industry and its purpose. I know it use to be a major player in this lumbering economy county, the kiln are slowly disappearing, first being dismounted or destroyed they are now protected as heritage. Although most of them were built in the middle of nowhere in the forest they remains unknown and it isn't unusual to bump into such infrastructure when hiking in the forest and wondering what it is doing there! This is the main memory I have about these infrastructures.

After this tiny detour, we aim back west towards St-Alban.
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Entering the village
Entering the village
Canola Field
Canola Field
Gorry Waterfall on the Ste-Anne Ri…
Gorry Waterfall on the Ste-Anne R…
Coal Making Oven - Ste-Christine  …
Coal Making Oven - Ste-Christine …
photo by: maplefanta