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North America » Canada » Quebec » Mont Tremblant October 24th 2023

October 24, Tuesday Today was a lots of walking and exploring day – chilly, like 50, but sunny for much of the day. NO RAIN, that’s really all that matters. We enjoyed a lie in – the bed is very comfortable! Till about 7:30 ish, and were off on a 4.5 mile walk. Both coats, hat and gloves were needed to start with, much less to end! It was probably a mile too long, but at least there was only about 450’ change in elevation. It mostly followed the river, which was nice. LOTS of mountain bike trails off to the sides, but we sedately followed the biking, walking, cross country trail. When it’s snowing, this entire place must be hopping indeed. There’s much more to do than ski, obviously. Only a few chickadees and a ... read more
1 early walk
1 mamma deer and babe
1 On our walk

North America » Canada » Quebec » Mont Tremblant October 23rd 2023

We were away from our lovely spacious Montreal flat by 8:15, fortunately heading away from the main flow of traffic. Within 30 mins we were out of the city and into the calmer countryside. As we drove northwest towards the national park, we realized that we were indeed late for the leaves, but the tamaracks were still brilliant. Kent Ohio has some of these artic wonders – deciduous but with needles. A local told us that the recent rains and winds made everything fall a bit early. Once at the park we dutifully paid our entrance, even though no one was there. The roads were sometimes paved, sometimes not, but were a lot better than the state parks in upper Michigan where we go looking for petosky stones. We were soon rewarded by seeing a Rough ... read more

North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal October 22nd 2023

Another long day of adventures in French-speaking Montreal. We didn’t rush to awake, which made for a lovely lie-in. We walked the 3 blocks to the closest Metro station, Cadillac, and figured out how to ask for 2 day passes, and which line and platform and even negotiated the change of lines half way in. We were about 8 stops to the east of where we wanted to go in the Old Town, also called the Old Port, full of cobble-stoned streets and shops that didn’t look very busy. The Basilica was busy with morning mass until 12:30. A kindly lady saw us reading our maps, asked where we wanted to go and gave us a hint. We walked past the Basilica and just wandered a few circles in the Old Town until it was after ... read more
1 Snooty Englishman
1 Snooty Frenchwoman
1 Square opp Basilica

North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City October 21st 2023

Boy, there’s no rest for the wicked OR the weary in this house. The bed was very comfy but David awoke naturally at 6 instead of 7’s alarm, so up and at ‘em we were, having breakfast before driving the expected 3 hours to Quebec City. Why? Because it’s due to rain in Montreal all day, but less so in Q.C., and more there on Sunday. So the GPS took us south out of the city across the St. Lawrence thru a tunnel. LOTS of road construction but eventually we were driving in the countryside. Actually this southern route highway was probably a new road, usually paralleling existing roads between small towns. This highway is now full of industry and buildings, but we still saw lots of farms and one field of giant Charleroi cattle. By ... read more
2 Looking from Cablecar
3 Colors at the Falls
3 Montmorency Falls 80M

North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal October 20th 2023

Nous sommes ici, enfin. It's been on the bucket list for a long time - to drive northeast in the fall to see the colors. So when we agreed to help present a Marriage Encounter in Niagara Falls Canada, we also decided to spend a week wandering. Last night, after an 8 hour or so drive from Kent OH, we arrived at the home of Ted & Jane Guthrie in Brockville Ontario. We enjoyed a lovely ribs dinner, and then Zoomed to participate in a Bible study. We were pretty beat when we climbed into bed, after all the driving. And I do mean climbed, as the guest bed is set up high so storage is beneath. Still, it was an honor to sleep under two gorgeous homemade quilts Jane has made. Jane always participates in ... read more
1 St Joseph Oratory in Montreal atop a hill
1 St Joseph Oratory
2 St Joseph Oratory inside

North America » Canada » Quebec October 20th 2023

I continued to visit places all around the region. A- Ferme Regis in Joliette: this was an old farm turned into a fruits and vegetables store. All around the store, that looks like a big barn, are history pieces like various old gardening tools and tractors. It's like shopping in a museum. B- Apple picking in St-Jean de Matha. With the start of fall season, comes the harvest season for most of apple varieties. Apart from being an industry in itself, many orchards allow visitors to pick their own apples. It's now a tradition and a family event in my country. C- Migrating birds. With fall season comes the migration of many birds. Some are small and cute and some are noisy and let their presence known. Check this group of Canada geese and ducks on ... read more
Old tractor at ferme Regis
Apple picking
Little frog in spinach leaves

North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal October 9th 2023

Montreal is another amazing city with excellent museums, parks and restaurants. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts was wonderful and the Botanical Garden and Biodome are worth a visit even through they are a bit further afield (although still just a few train stops away). Definitely take a stroll through Jean Talon Market and visit the surrounding shops for edible souvenirs. There is decent Malaysian food at Satay Brothers. Nightlife includes speakeasy locations such as Le 4ᶱ Mur and the Cloakroom Bar, and the Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill should be on your list as well depending on the performance schedule while you're in town. I would definitely recommend staying in Vieux-Montreal, and there are some excellent (if pricey) restaurants and shops in this elegant neighborhood. Auberge Alternative de Vieux-Montreal is a decent place to stay ... read more
Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill
Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill
Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City October 5th 2023

Québec is Canada's most romantic city and is highly recommended for any traveler. The city itself is expansive but I advise staying within the city walls of Old Québec as that's the most charming part of town. It is filled with history and culture, as well as wonderful restaurants, cafes, bars and shops, and is absolutely worth a couple of days of exploring. You could consider a cruise on the St. Lawrence River, and there are museums and historical tours. If there is a meat-eater in your party then Le Lapin Sauté is recommended for lunch, as well as Bistrot Pape Georges. Definitely try the sortilege maple whiskey at Pub l'Oncle Antoine, and perhaps pay a visit to the historic Fairmont le Chateau Frontenac and its lovely bar. In the evening there are regular jazz performances ... read more
Old Québec
Old Québec
Le Lapin Sauté

North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City October 4th 2023

Sunday 1st October + Monday 2ndOctober 2023 Quebec, Canada Best day ever – so far!! We didn’t leave the ship until 11.00am after docking by the cement factory!! (Good first impression of Quebec!!) and then we had to get a shuttle bus for which there was a very long queue!! Got a taxi tour with ‘Alex’ for 80CA$ per hour and firsts went to Montmorency Falls. Impressive enough waterfall but nothing like Niagara Falls– difficult to believe they are 100ft higher!! What WAS impressive though was the walkway that went over the falls – you had a get a cable car up there I think and the queue was just too long so we contented ourselves with the walk to the bottom of the falls! We then had about a 30 minute drive along a highway, ... read more
Us at St Anne de Beaupre
Plains of Abraham (2)
Lower Old Town at night

North America » Canada » Quebec » Trois-Rivières September 6th 2023

The big trip was coming! Finally I was to going to Africa.....That's what I thought.... Medical condition at the last minute forced to me to cancel it at the last minute. The medical problem is not completely fixed yet, so I may be limited, travel wise for at least a year! :-( That's life and in these moments, it's better to focus on the positive things. I kept all my preparation for my South African trip so t's going to be easier next time. I might even find better places! I decided to visit lots of little places not too far and wide in the last weeks. In the spring, If I can't go abroad still, I might go further in my own country as some canadian provinces I have never been to. Some of the ... read more
Turtles at a marsh
Viallge cafe at Yamachiche
Can you see the racoon sleeping?

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