It feels like driving down a tiny, hidden, dirt road in the middle of the country, only this route is paved so you won't need an off-road vehicle to explore it.
The road crosses through some adorable little towns along the way, and once in awhile, the road opens up and you get a stunning view far in the distance. It also runs along several lakes which are also surrounded by beautiful Fall colors.
But if you must get out there and be active, there is a nice little treat awaiting you near this road.
A refreshing video of a raccoon enjoying a shower on a hot summer day is making a splash on social media, courtesy of a young Montreal resident and his kiddie pool.
"Yeah buddy, the raccoon is taking a shower in your (kiddie pool)," Elena Parial explained to her son in the video, as the animal appeared to bathe. "He undid the plug and he's now taking a full-on shower."
Judging by the 47-second clip posted July 5, the raccoon was probably hot and thirsty as it drank plenty of shower water.
Unfortunately, the critter's paws damaged the pool's plug while yanking it out: "Luckily, our son's splash table wasn't a splurge price-wise," said Parial.
Naturally, the shower-loving raccoon has made a splash on social media.
"So cute. Sorry about the plug," stated one Facebook fan of the well-groomed raccoon.
Animal takes shower to beat the heat
Parial, who lives in Montreal's Côte-Des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-De-Grâce borough, told MTL Blog the raccoon has been frequenting her back deck for about six months.
"He had been visiting us infrequently before but we became more aware of him as of December 28, 2020, when he attacked our compost bin in a particularly aggressive and messy manner," she said.
Parial said the raccoon may have found a "lady friend" by the looks of a subsequent video posted July 7, which shows a pair of critters frolicking playfully on her patio furniture.
"I don't have irrefutable evidence that the shower attracted the lady friend, but this is the first time we've seen him with a friend," she said. "It's a gross assumption but it makes for a good social media post."
A possible 'lady friend'
Parial said she does not mind the raccoon taking up residence near her home, as it's been much less destructive than the squirrels who "have eaten [their] patio lights and torn numerous holes in [their] patio furniture," but she does have some concerns.
"I'm worried that we'll unknowingly stroll onto our deck not knowing he's sleeping there and find ourselves in a situation," she said. "More importantly, I worry my son may find himself in a situation because he's got a keen toddler curiosity."
She's also afraid the raccoon could lose its fear of humans. "Currently, he scurries when my husband taps on our patio door. He scurries away and knows we want our space. I'm not sure how long this is going to last before he figures out we're just scared of him and any pests or diseases he may carry."
Kiddie pool has become a water source
Bill Dowd, founder of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, said Parial's kiddie pool has probably become a water source for the "highly intelligent, very inquisitive" creature.
"My recommendation to the homeowner would be to obviously remove that water source," he said.
"If I was a betting man," he continued, "I would bet that if you see the raccoon that frequently on her deck, I would suspect it's probably living underneath the deck or maybe in her attic or in her chimney or underneath the shed out back."
He said the pair in the video are probably enjoying a platonic relationship as it's not raccoon mating season, which runs from January to June, so they won't be making raccoon babies together anytime soon.
"From the behaviour that those videos show me, I would say they're juveniles are just kind of being teenagers," he said.
"Getting into trouble, being rambunctious and kind of wrestling and fooling around."
Though the resort is in Quebec, you can still sip cocktails on sandy beaches, take a dip in multiple pools and tubs, and enjoy delicious food from three on-site restaurants — all while surrounded by three lakes and the gorgeous nature of the Laurentians.
Montreal is known to be a romantic city, but that doesn't mean that heartbreak in the 514 is impossible. We've all gone through breakups. Some of us have done the dumping while others have been dumped, and we almost always remember which place in Montreal it happened at.
Relationships are hard, and sometimes they sadly come to an end. The only problem is finding a spot symbolic enough to terminate the love affair.
Our city is filled with spots where you can propose, enjoy a romantic evening and of course, where you can break up with someone.
From the steps of a church to carb-filled restaurants, our city is stocked with ideal places to end your relationship.
Why This Makes A Perfect Breakup Spot: Once you say your final words, your ex is going to have to walk down a very, very long flight of stairs which will give them time to think about all the things they did wrong in the relationship.
Why This Makes A Perfect Breakup Spot: For those of you who still have a bit of sympathy, just rip the bandaid off in front of their apartment, it'll make things easier on the other person. Let them slowly creep back into their unit before the tears make an appearance.