The observant amongst you (if anyone is reading this and following the series) will have noticed that the last post didn’t get us to Quebec – but ended in Shediac. That felt like a good place to end the last blog post. Leaving Shediac (which is in New Brunswick) we headed a little way up the coast and had a stroll part way along La Dune de Bouctouche – a boardwalk and dunes that stretch out 9.7km – but we didn’t have time to do much of it. But worth the stop!
And that was about the last stop for a very long way until we reached the St Lawrence at Riviere-du-Loup. A comfort break at a tourist information center was useful in getting us some good tips on the best routes – and we stayed off the main road and kept closer to the St Lawrence. An early dinner at a lucky find – the Bistro Cote Est in Kamouraska – well worth the diversion if you are in the area! The view across the river is also one of my most viewed pictures on my Flickr account – not sure what makes it so special, but it was quite beautiful.
We had decided (or rather my navigator wife – who finds all the nest routes) to enter Quebec City from the water – so took a Ferry across from Levis. Quite a few foot passengers – but just one car and a bike. They were still very careful to make sure we parked exactly in the right place and between the lines.
The sun was just going down – so perfect timing for the crossing and a great way to get the first look at the older part of town.
Our home for the next two nights was the Hotel Manoir Victoria – and unable to get a table in their restaurant we wandered around the square to find Le Patriarche – with quite a small menu – but the food was excellent. The walk out also gave us the opportunity to size up the breakfast options – with Paillard looking like the best option for the following morning – before our trip out to Montmorency Falls and a good long walk around the city. But that is for another day…