Our trip from Edmundston, NB to Quebec, QC was 181 miles of some of the worst roads we have encountered in Canada. They looked good but you couldn't see all the bumps, but we managed to rattle along. The scenery made up for it. It wasn't raining so we could really enjoy all of the color on the hills. It decreased a little as we started south to Quebec City but was still brilliant. It is funny that in all of Canada, the road signs are bilingual (English and French), except in Quebec. Here they are just in French. I guess they have an exception to the law? We are staying at Camping Transit just across the St. Lawrence from Quebec City. We have a 50-amp full hookup with OK WiFi, good Verizon coverage and the satellite comes in strong. The campground is surrounded by trees in full color and the transient section is almost empty, though the seasonal area is still packed.
Shortly after arriving we headed into the closest commercial area which is Levis and found an IGA to stock up on a few items. The small reefer in the Mothership doesn't hold much so you can't really get much more than a few days food in it. Of course all of the labels and displays are in French so we had a good time trying to figure out what we were getting, but we did manage to get Doris a Blueberry Tart (Pie). We considered dining out but reconsidered when we thought how much fun that would be if the menu was in French. I would hope they would have Englisg menus available but you never know here. The managers of the campground speak very little English and that surprised us considering how many English speaking tourist come here.
Tuesday we sat in the Mothership all day listening to the pitter-patter of rain on the roof. We hate it when the weather interferes with our touring, but it wouldn't be any fun in the kind of weather we had Tuesday.
Wednesday, we went on two tours. The first was a morning tour of Quebec City. It really is a beautiful city and they do a very good job of keeping the city clean and the buildings in good repair. It has the feel of a European city with the old buildings, narrow streets and sidewalk cafes. The fact everyone is speaking French doesn't hurt either. After the tour was over, we stopped for lunch in one of the sidewalk bistros and then we departed on the next tour.
Our afternoon tour was a tour in the country where we visited Montmorency Falls
, the Île d'Orléans
, the Albert Gilles Copper Art Museum
, and the Shrine of Ste Anne de Beaupré
. It was 7:00 p.m. by the time we got back to the Mothership so it was a full day for us.
Tomorrow, Thursday, we head for a three night stay in Montreal.