One of things I love about living in Québec City is the proximity of the farms and forests that surround it. With only about 700,000 people living in the metropolitan area, the countryside is close for those who need it. And I am one of those who needs it.
When you combine this yen for the countryside with a daughter’s love for horses, there is only one place for you: Les Écuries des Trois Ruisseaux.
If you get on the 138, go past the airport, past the village of St-Augustin-de-Desmaures, you will find yourself on the sloping plateau that descends toward the St. Lawrence River. Here, within view of the Laurentian Mountains, Marie Arsenault runs a stable specializing in Canadian Warmbloods. These horses are the dominant breed in Olympic equestrian events, and they will do just fine as well for a ten-year-old who loves to post.
Les Écuries des Trois Ruisseaux offers English style horseback riding lessons for equestrians of all levels while insisting on an ethic of good care and respect for the horses themselves.
For dad, a trip to Les Trois Ruisseaux is an opportunity to walk down the dirt path toward the railroad tracks, taking in the smells of the countryside and looking for deer.