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Just 4 miles from the Rimouski Walmart is the Onondaga submarine! Like a very cool, huge one that was pulled ashore and turned into a museum. It is right beside a building that resembles a sinking ship, The Empress of Ireland which lost over 1000 passengers when it sank http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Empress_of_Ireland, and an elegant old red and white lighthouse.
The weather was both terrible and perfect. Terrible because it was really rainy, the sky blended with the sea, and wind whipped our umbrellas inside-out. But ipefect too - as it's the quintessential weather for the Gaspe' penninsula! Haven't you always imagined the bracingly cold wind and white rain? It was just as I'd imagined, really neat and different, and we celebrated it with a cup of hot chocolate in Ciao.
The submarine was $38 for the 4 of us (no family price available) and given the trouble and expense they had just pulling the thing out of the water, I can't blame them for the high charges. We would not, for the record, like to live on a submarine. But I got some good bunk and storage ideas for RV living in a small space. The included English audio tour phones were great! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMCS_Onondaga_(S73)
The drive around the Gaspe' Penninsula is rocky, gorgeous, sometimes smooth, oftentimes filled with rough road heaves, curving, through small towns and then gorgeous countryside, and follows the lovely water, sometimes as cliffs, often close to the lapping waves. We stopped to feel the cold waves breaking over driftwood and soft sand.
By Cap-Chat town, I'd had enough of driving the curving, slow road in the rain and we took 299 south to Parc National de la Gaspesie. Gorgeous too! But, after stopping at the campground about 20 miles south, we couldn't figure out where to pay the park fee and the camping fee ($30 total for dry camping).
So we found a site and after dinner, we went to go find the pay station. However, pervasive mosquitos encouraged us to not overnight there, we continued on down the road. It is daylight until 9pm, so we headed south along the river, closer to visiting our Miguasha National Park UNESCO site tomorrow.
A campground near the Miguasha National Park offered us dry camping for $20 with tax, so here we are! We are showering and enjoying the gentle sound of rain on the roof. The river is supposedly beside our camping site, but as we did not quite make it by dark, I cannot say.
It was a full day of driving in the rain, but we saw the lovely Gaspe Penninsula, the submarine, Gaspesie National Park, and are poised for more in the morning.