View from a tree
|The view at Au Diable Vert|
We've just been to the Eastern Townships and visited the treehouses at Au Diable Vert - yet another way these Canadians have dreamed up of providing off-the-wall accommodation. Not content with submarines, ice hotels and prisons, you can also sleep in a tree. Au Diable Vert describes itself as a mountain station - 200 acres between the Sutton Mountain range and Vermont's Green Mountains. They have 14km of trails which lead to the 175km-long hiking trail, Sentiers-de-l'Estrie as well as 95km of paths in Park Sutton and Green Mountain Nature Reserve.
We checked out the treehouses on a rainy afternoon where the misty hills reminded me of the English Lake District - layers of blue mountains stacked up on top of each other. The Eagle's Nest sleeps up to four and welcomes you with a burst of heat from the stove as soon as you open the door. Yes, it's tiny but you can always stretch your legs on your balcony.
|Inside the well-lit Paradis Perché|
|The latest treehouse to be built|
Each tree house has a camp kitchen, woodstove and table and chairs but you will have to descend your perch to reach the rustic WC. The bunks and mattresses are cozy and I could imagine falling asleep here and waking with the birds.
|Pretty views in any weather|
In summer there are all sorts of activities from moonlight kayaking to mushroom workshops but I quite fancy snowshoeing. What could be better after a bracing trek in the snow than ascending your tree and locking out the world?
Au Diable Vert is about a 90 minute drive from Montreal.