Well, we drove all the way to Quebec City on Monday, March 11th. It was a long drive there and we only got lost once in Montreal. Thank goodness for the GPS!
We wandered around Quebec and saw the sights in winter – slightly different – that’s for sure! Still very nice and not as many tourists. Here is a picture of the Chateau Frontenac at night as well as a photo of the skating course for the Red Bull Crashed Ice. I can’t imagine doing this!
On Tuesday, it poured rain all day. Our visit to see the Split Crow was uneventful. The boat is safe and was winterized well by the staff at Global Marine. I would recommend them to look after your boat. The Split Crow is very dirty on the outside though, from being in the city in the winter as well as being right on the St. Lawrence. Dennis will have a lot of work to do in June!
We also went to the famous ice castle in Quebec and it was definitely worth the visit. You can actually stay overnight! They provide a nordic sleeping bag for you as well as a room at the Sheraton (in case you get cold!). There are about 40 rooms with beds made out of ice and artwork carved into the walls – dinosaur skeletons, mythical creatures, etc. There is even a suite with a fireplace, a private hot tub and sauna! It was a good tour but not somewhere I would like to stay overnight – perhaps Glen would as he likes winter camping!
We drove to Saint Anne de Beaupre and toured the beautiful church. It is very big and spectacular – I can’t imagine the work that must have gone into building it! I really liked the wall of crutches and splints for those who experienced a miracle!
We also went skiing at Mont Saint Anne. It was fun! There were many challenging
runs for us. When we first went up, we were covered in fog (since it had rained the previous day), so it was an adventure getting down the mountain. After a couple of runs though, the fog cleared, the sun came out and we had amazing views of the St. Lawrence!
We drove to Montreal and visited the old port to see how it looked in the winter. Not quite as busy! We went to Basilica Notre Dame for a light show that told the history of the church. Very worthwhile! Even Dennis was impressed! The show was about half an hour long and then we toured the church.
We left Montreal at 5:30 am and arrived safely home by 2:00 in the afternoon. The only exciting thing we found at home were a couple of wild turkeys wandering around the yard! (Real turkeys – not friends or relatives!)
In all, it was a good trip although we did a lot of driving! The plans are starting though, for our next adventure – down the St. Lawrence and over to the Magdalene Islands, PEI and possibly Nova Scotia.