Canadian Maritimes - Summer 2015 travel blog

so much beauty

comin' at us




fog layer

light house

another view

light house view

fresnel lens

We spent the day driving along the southern bank of the St. Lawrence River. On the Quebec end, progress was swift on an expressway, and every so often we caught tantalizing glimpses of the blue water. At other times foggy clouds loitered near the shore. Once the road became two lane, we traveled through agricultural land past well kept houses and fields. At one round about everything came to a halt. Wind turbines, generate lots of electricity here and two huge blades were traveling down the road. While the driver slowly wound around the circle, a man walked behind independently controlling the back wheels with a remote. It made us feel like our motor home was petite in comparison and we wondered where it had come from and where it was going on the small roads.

Midday many of us stopped at the Pointe-au-Pere Historic site to see the light house museum, which was free with the national park passes provided by our tour. This lighthouse was erected in 1909. It's one of the tallest lighthouses in Canada, the third to be built on this site. After an explanation from the doscent in French and English we climbed to the top to admire the view. Next to the light house was the Empress of Ireland museum, built to honor the 1,000 people who fell into the icy water when their ship foundered. Light house staff tried to assist in rescuing, but only 400 survived. The depth of the water in the river varies considerably from spot to spot and dealing with ice floes and fog makes navigation even more challenging. Today the many light houses along the shore are all out of business since GPS can do a much better job keeping ships where they need to be. Also on the site was the submarine Onondaga, a Canadian submarine in service for 33 years. We had no idea so many German U-boots sailed down the St. Lawrence during World War II and the damage they caused.

Even though tomorrow is the Canadian National Day (like our 4th of July) our campground is not totally full as it would be at home. With our all electric coach we usually need 50 amps of electricity, but here the website advertised 15 amps at some sites. Luckily we can make do with the 30 we have in our luxury site. That’s probably all we will have most of the trip.

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