Rimouski Travel Blog› entry 23 of 68 › view all entries
Great day! We left Quebec City via the one bridge that crosses the St. Lawrence. While we wanted to take the path that Evelyn and Steve did up the coast north of Quebec City, it would require a ferry to get back over to the Gaspe' Penninsula, which we need to get on to go over to New Brunswick. So we sought advice from many sources and they assured us that the road just south of the St. Lawrence waterway was the best route for us.
It was a lovely drive north and we stopped for 2 main touris attractions:
1. The small town of St. Paul de Port Joli is the "wood-carving capital of the world." We enjoyed the Musee of Anciens Canadians ($16 family rate) where we learned all about the art and the people who have impacted in a huge way the lovely small town.
I would have loved to afford our artist's work, but a small keychain of an Inuchuk (my favorite from the Inuits in the Arctic Circle from 2 summers ago and the symbol of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics) was my souvenir. Lia bought a locally made engraved little travel jewelry box (horses, of course).
2. Near Riviere de P (? okay, I'm really tired, so will have to look this up- brain dead right now), there is a model shipbuilding museum and for $12 family rate, we again enjoyed this museum by ourrselves. What a lot of work goes into model shipbuilding from scratch. I mean, hollowing out the log to start your ship! You're not just running to Hobby Lobby for the kit! And tying all those knots is a lot of work and fortunately, one of the most famous builders, Leclerc had a loving wife help him with that tedious task.
People were delightful as ever today. Only one driver was pointedly a jerk and he had Boston Red Sox paraphenalia on his vehicle. :)
We're in Rimouski on the Gaspe' penninsula now, which we understand the Gaspe' is "a must for sophistocated travelers to Quebec (or something like that). We're headed toward a UNESCO site along the way and enjoying the journey.
The town has a free dump station with water for RV's, of which there must be thousands in Quebec (I think everyone owns one), and we filled with gas.
So the local Walmart, which is NOT a 24-hour one (who knew they still existed), is now a pleasant parking lot filled with a few trucks, a few campers, a 5th wheel, 3 Roadtreks and Pleasure Ways (which are everywhere), and 2 stealth vans which are likely outfitted for pleasant sleeping. An unusual mix, but nice and quiet. It is our first Walmart overnight on this journey and we're happy to be here.
I'm off to sweet dreams now!