Even within Canada, the province of Quebec is like a whole different country. I didn’t see a sign, menu or really anything with an English translation.
I stayed in a small town, Coteau-du-lac (population ~6,000) on the north bank of the Saint Lawrence river. There are several quaint brasserie type restaurants along rue Principale and they have a national historic site in a park along the St. Lawrence river that was important in the war of 1812.
Salaberry-de-Valleyville (or just Valleyville to the locals) is a city of 40,000 located on an island in the Saint Lawrence River. Downtown forms a crescent around a canal and marina. The buildings have shops or bistros on the ground floor and apartments above. A park and boardwalk border the canal. There was plenty of live entertainment.
Colonel Salaberry Statue
A statue of Colonel Salaberry at the Salaberry-de-Valleyville marina downtown.
This canal runs through Valleyville from the downtown marina to the St. Lawrence river (Valleyville is an island in the St. Lawrence).
A chocolatier on the ground floor and apartments above.
Anne Bonny, Pirate
A performance of Anne Bonny, Pirate in the park at Salaberry-de-Valleyville. "Pirates en scène ! Anne Bonny, pirate, vous donne rendez-vous dans le parc Delpha-Sauvé, au bord de l’eau, pour une comédie théâtrale combinant humour, combat à l’épée, danse et acrobaties."
Valleyville Cafe on the Boardwalk
One of the dozens of outdoor cafes in downtown Valleyville, this one is on the boardwalk along the canal and had a live band playing. All the songs are in English.
Author: Murray Lisook
I'm the author of the Roamward Bound blog. In January 2013 I retired to travel full time in my motorhome which I've named Roamward Bound also. Before retiring I lived in Phoenix, working in information technology as VP of IT for Televerde, CTO at J.J. Croney & Assoc., and Director of IT at Del Webb Corp.
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