Road Trip 2017–Really getting to Quebec

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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