Today we had something of a late start to our morning having gone to sleep with the windows closed, last night. Due to the rain, I might add, and not because of any heat issues. And while we might have hoped for cooler weather today—after yesterday’s day of rain—it dawned humid, hot, and sunny.
Change of plans. Instead of a long walk, we shifted to our Plan B. Took a short bus ride to the Grand Theatre de Québec (under reno), and headed for the Jeanne D’Arc Gardens. Which was to be our start point of a short walk around the Plains of Abraham, the historic site where the French and British, under the commands of Montcalm and Wolfe, battled for supremacy.
This was to be a monument walk around the Plains, however, the city doing a year of refurbishment and repair works, also included works in and around the plains. Walls being rebuilt, monuments cleaned, areas re-grassed, that sort of thing. So our short walk tuned out even shorter than expected. Which, given the humidity by 11 am—30 degrees and climbing—it was just as well to call it a day.
What we did see—other than the summer flowers in the Jeanne D’arc gardens—where two of the surviving Martello Towers (one being under restoration,) some breath-taking views out across the St. Lawrence river, and the newly reconstructed Armoury, which burnt down almost to the ground 10 years ago.
It had to happen. It was only a matter of time before the run of such great weather was interrupted. We have a very light drizzle falling at the moment. And, with the temperature, I guess standing in it would be akin to a warmish shower. But I’m not so inclined to find out. Let’s just say the balcony garden is in need of the refresh and leave it at that!
But that’s okay, we intended taking an “admin” day today anyway, as we were at the Baseball last night, watching the Capitales—our team—get resoundingly whipped by the Boulders of Rockland (and of course, they would have to have a nickname like ‘Boulders’).
Boulders in blue tops
The Capitales’ pitcher
We lost 6 to 2, but everyone still had a great time and enjoyed the 10 minute firework display at the end of the match, regardless of who won or lost. And, despite the loss to Rockland, the Capitales are still in second place in the league with Rockland right behind them, in third. Oh, and we were champions last year, so maybe we can make it to first again, this year!
Of course, we’re happy we didn’t book our tickets for today. You know, with the light drizzle and all.
Another perfect day to go for a long walk, with yet more great weather for encouragement. This time, we decided to take a rather longish bus ride out to the Huron-Wendat First Nation reserve, and the Kabir Kouba Falls or, in English, the river with a thousand bends—and believe me when I say, it feels like it too.
While you can take a guided tour of Wendake itself, and learn more about the peoples and history of the First Nations tribe (something we had done on a previous trip), you can also take guided walks of the fall by lantern, in the evening. Something we would like to do on another visit. There is also the geology of the area which for me, someone who studied geology, is a dream place to hang out.
Today, however, we weren’t here for the history, but to enjoy the scenery. If you do the whole walk be prepared to go down into the gorge and then yes, come back up—not once, but twice. This walk is done in two sections due to the fact the river does an almost 90 degree turn. Due to the number of stairs involved in both the going down and the coming up just in part one alone, we skipped doing part two, which we had done before. We learnt our lesson. One section at a time is enough.
Our reward for doing section one was to then have lunch at the Sagamite Restaurant, serving authentic dishes along with more familiar fare of pasta and pizza. I enjoyed a smoked Bison poutine, and for those of you who don’t know what a poutine is, check it out here!
Yesterday was the perfect day to do a long walk. We awoke to clear blue skies and the temperature hovering around 17 degrees, with a soft light breeze. What more could we ask for, for a walk along the St. Charles river. There are walking paths (and yes, cycle paths too) for almost the entire length of this tributary river. What’s great is that each year they’ve added extra kilometres, so that you can plan any one of several types of walk. Choose up stream left bank, or downstream right bank … well, you get the picture.
First third of the walk
We did a bus ride to the other side of the city, to Victoria Park, as we had decided to walk upstream on the right hand side of the river, heading back towards our own part of the city. It’s a direction we don’t do very often, so it gave us a new perspective on the views. And it’s always fun to choose a different direction so as to not get boring.
Looking up stream
Looking down stream
I think we managed about 5 km in two hours, which took us from Pont Droin, near the mouth of the St. Charles river, heading back up stream towards Pont Scott. This part of the walk takes you through the historic landing point, where Jacques Cartier and the settles from France, landed—the Cartier-Brébeuf National Parc.
Jacques Cartier Monument
Jacques Cartier Monument
All-in-all, there are 13 sectors to choose from, covering approximately 35 km of walks and cycle paths. You can go from the mouth of the river, where the St. Charles meets the might St. Lawrence, and can walk all the way to the Lac St. Charles, in the north.