Quebec

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.

Coteau-du-lac

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.

This is one of  the narrowest points of the St. Lawrence river. The rapids made it necessary to build a canal along the north bank, principally to supply British troops in the Great Lakes. This canal and lock system was the first of its kind in North America.
This is one of the narrowest points of the St. Lawrence river. The rapids made it necessary to build a canal along the north bank, principally to supply British troops in the Great Lakes. This canal and lock system was the first of its kind in North America.
Restored baracks and fort at the Coteau-du-lac National Historic Site
Restored baracks and fort at the Coteau-du-lac National Historic Site
This cannon, mounted on a 180 degree rotating pad was part of the defenses of the St. Lawrence river and canal system.
This cannon, mounted on a 180 degree rotating pad was part of the defenses of the St. Lawrence river and canal system.

Salaberry-de-Valleyville

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.

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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