The Gaspe – Scenery? Awesome. Roads? Crap.

The Gaspe Peninsula or “Gaspésie” as it is says on the road signs is beautiful.  We travelled from Quebec City to Rimouski, around the Gaspe Peninsula to Gaspe, Perce, Bonaventure and then crossed the river in to New Brunswick.  The scenery is awesome, beautiful villages all along the coast.  As you travel you enter one village and go up over a hill and down in to another village.  Everyone takes such pride in their yards.  All the grass is mowed, yards, fences, shrubs, plants all in pristine condition.  It is so beautiful.  Gaily painted houses, out-buildings and small sheds.  The roads?  well that’s another story.  Granted we are pulling a 30ft Travel Trailer so that carries it’s own limitations.  The speed limit is 80 or 90 KM.  The Gaspe has very steep cliffs which makes for very steep roads.  You might get up to speed half way up an incline, huff and puff your way over the top and BWAM, time to slow down because the speed limit declines from 80 to 70 to 60 and finally 50km thru the village.  After clearing the village it’s back up another incline, huff and puff your way over the top and ride the brakes down to 50 and then repeat the same scenario.  This isn’t the worst part, the worst part is the condition of the roads.  Narrow, patched pot holes, dips, bumps, holes both big and small.  Towing a trailer is quite the challenge!  The best part is the road ahead of you is always clear.  Behind you is a train of frustrated travelers who are no doubt yelling thru their windshields as they stare at our Beautiful British Columbia license plate.  Sorry about that folks 🙂

Here are my photo’s from Rimouski.  Perce and Forillon National Park in Gaspe and some beach pictures from our campsite in Bonaventure, Quebec.

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Point-Au-Pere Lighthouse in Rimouski, Quebec.

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Onondaga Submarine at Point-Au-Pere in Rimouski, Quebec.

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RMS Empress of Ireland Pavillion and the Point-Au-Pere Lighthouse

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Perce Rock in the fog in Perce on the Gaspe!

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Beach side at the Marina and Campground in Bonaventure, Quebec.

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Moon rise over the beach at our campsite in Bonaventure, Quebec.

Rimouski – Metis sur Mer July 29-2017

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Point-Au-Pere Lighthouse in Rimouski, Quebec.

After leaving Quebec City we headed for the Gaspe Peninsula.  We are not travelling far in a day so we made plans to stay at Camping Annie at Metis Sur-Mer just outside of Rimouski, Quebec.  We were only there for a day so we drove in to Rimouski and visited Point-Au-Pere historical site.  The lighthouse is 108 feet tall and is the 2nd tallest in Canada.  The HMCS Onondaga submarine has been brought up on shore, it is the only sub open to public viewing in Canada.  We didn’t go inside as we are both a tich claustrophobic and everyone knows subs are notoriously small.  Also part of the property is a pavilion dedicated to the RMS Empress of Ireland which sank in May 1914 in the St Lawrence River in 140 feet of water.  1012 people died of the 1477 who were on board.  Next part of the journey is:  Around The Gaspe Peninsula!

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RMS Empress of Ireland Pavillion and the Point-Au-Pere Lighthouse

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Onondaga Submarine at Point-Au-Pere in Rimouski, Quebec.

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Lighthouse off in the distance at Camping Annie campground in Metis-Sur-Mer, Quebec.

Visiting Canada’s Capital

Ottawa – July 18 – 2017

Well, what do you know?  We made it to the nations capital city of Ottawa.  What a great country we live in eh!   Our campsite was in Cantley, Quebec about 30 km outside of the City.  It always amazes me how you can drive 20 minutes away from a metropolitan area and be transported to another style of living.  Away from the bustle of traffic, people everywhere, tall skyscraper buildings, the noise of the city, the hectic energy and the feel of commerce.

  Here are some of my favorite shots from Ottawa:

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The Parliament Buildings, Rideau Canal Locks, the Ottawa River and Gatineau Quebec in the background.

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Parliament Buiding – Ottawa.

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Botanical Garden in Gatineau, Quebec. One of the many structures there, all made from living plants, this one was about 30 feet high.

When in Montreal? Take the train!

Montreal July 23 – 2017

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A sharp dressed man strolling thru the square in Old Montreal.

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Along the Port in Old Montreal – Gaspar’s in the rain.

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People are so immune to having a camera pointed at them- no one’s looking at me and I was crouched right in front of them. A sign of the times.

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Just a bee doing it’s think along the harbor in Old Montreal.

Montreal Botanical Gardens – July 2017

I absolutely love photographing flowers.  I like their colors, the details in the leaves, or stems or the flower itself.  While in Montreal I took an afternoon to myself and found my way to The Montreal Botanical Gardens.  They are near the 1967 Montreal Expo Site so I got to walk past there as I found the entrance to the Gardens.  Here are my 3 photo’s that show the colors and serenity of the gardens.

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People enjoying the Lilly Garden at Montreal Botanical Garden – July 2017

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A rose at The Montreal Botanical Garden – July 2017

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A couple enjoying the Montreal Botanical Garden Lilly Pond.

Quebec City – Food? Good – Driving? BAD

Quebec City, Quebec – July 2017

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What can I say about Quebec City?  It wasn’t HUGE, but it was so charming.  Different styles of architecture in doorways, roof lines, window shapes and building materials.  Copper, Tin, Brick – it has it all.

We did NOT enjoy driving there.  The streets are narrow and do not run in a straight line.  You have triangle intersections with angled stop lights and stop signs.  One way streets, signs in French only.. aye yaye yaye.  It was frightening, and I’m really happy to report that I didn’t run anyone or anything over.  I did cross a few lanes abruptly.. but no one seemed to mind.. tee hee.

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