Canada 2022:

May 20 to May 26 (Beaupre, QC)

The first of our three weeks in a timeshare. This one is in Beaupre, QC, just outside of Quebec City.


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Day 26 - May 20, 2022

Back to driving for the day. Today from Ottawa to Beaupré, QC. Loads of traffic! So, just a few shots along the way, then some of the side streets in Beaupré. And, a couple of the outside of the The Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. It is one of only five national shrines in Canada. Some history can be found here (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_of_Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupr%C3%A9). I am going to see if they allow visitors for some interior shots. Fingers crossed.

Day 27 - May 21, 2022

I debated on splitting this into two posts, one for the Basilica Saint Anne de Beaupre (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_of_Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupr%C3%A9) and one for the rest of the day due to the number of photos. However, I decided to go with just one.


I have been in churches all over North America, including the National Cathedral in Washington DC. This one is simply stunning. The level of detail, the craftsmanship, the artwork and the beauty are unparalleled. Every pew has a different, hand carved sculpture at the end of it. The photos cannot even come close to doing it justice. There is the main level with the high ceiling and the lower level with the lower ceilings. All photos are taken handheld (because Bud E. forgot the tripod at home…my excuse and I am sticking with it).   I wasn’t sure about the protocol so I went in without Bud E. at first and then made a second trip inside with him. Again, the beauty is simply breathtaking. I went in expecting to see something special but I was not prepared for this.


After finishing there, I drove about 20 kms along Avenue Royale. This is a narrow street lined with a mix of homes, some from the late 20th century but many that are hundreds of years old.  Some have plaques on them with the year of construction and I saw many built in 1650 or even earlier. That makes them over 370 years old. Beautiful and amazing. I also stopped at an antique store in a 300 plus year old building. It was full of “stuff”, some of which is pretty cool.


Then on to a suspension bridge over the highest waterfall in Quebec, Chute Montmorency. 272 feet high which is 99 feet higher than Niagara Falls.


After the falls I drove over the bridge to I’le d’Orleans, an island in the St. Lawrence River. A beautiful drive around the island (about 80 kms), again with a mix of very old and new homes. The map shows only about a 2-hour drive, but it took me all day. I know Joy would have enjoyed this day with all the old buildings and antiques.

Basilica Saint Anne de Beaupre

Day 28 - May 22, 2022

Today started off cloudy and the forecast was for rain, so I decided to just take a short run up the north shore of the St. Lawrence. However, I don’t know how to do short, and it turned into an 8.5 hour drive (see the map). Beautiful, even with so-so weather. Baie-Saint-Paul is a lovely, quaint little place. It cleared up for about an hour when we crossed the Saguenay River on the free (yes, I said “free”!) ferry. If you look closely, you can see Bud E. in his car seat, enjoying the ferry ride through the car window. However, when we went north to Saguenay, it rained. Hard. We did stop at a pretty, covered bridge and had lunch.

Baie-Saint-Paul

Day 29 - May 23, 2022


Day 30 - May 24, 2022


 

DaY 31 - May 25, 2022


Day 32 - May 26, 2022