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Aug 25, 2017 - Reford Gardens and Cap Chat

August 24-26, 2017. Reford Gardens and Cap Chat We finally reached the official start of the Gaspe peninsula. In the town of Grand Metis, we stopped and spent several hours touring Reford Gardens, an amazing botanical garden created and built by Elise Reford in the 1930's. Paths traversed woodlands filled with flowering plants that ordinarily would not grow this far north but because of the sheltered location of this property and the care given to the land, the land has been transformed. I recognized many of the plants as I have them in my...

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Jul 29, 2017 - Cap-Chat

Cap-Chat is so named because the cape supposedly looks like a crouching cat but I couldn’t see it. Its main claim to fame is the wind-farm on the hill which has a total of 133 windmills & is the first & largest wind-farm in Canada. It also contains the world’s tallest vertical axis windmill which is what I went to see this afternoon because I’ve always thought that vertical axis windmills should be much more efficient & I can’t understand why there aren’t more of them. The lady at the information office was very pleasant but didn’t speak...

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Canada 2017

Jul 28, 2017 - Cap-Chat

It was quite windy this morning which isn’t surprising as Cap-Chat has Canada’s first & largest wind-farm. I didn’t know before but I’ve learned that geologically, the Gaspé Peninsula is the tail-end of the Appalachian mountain range that runs up most of eastern America so the landscape is quite different from what I expected. I didn’t feel like driving today so I took advantage of the facilities here & did my laundry this morning. Then I finished my book because I’ve got another one I want to read which is set on the Gaspé Peninsula & was...

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Jul 27, 2017 - St Mathieu de Rioux to Cap-Chat

I finally got to take some photos today & I’m in a much better place tonight, both mentally & physically. My first stop was the Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historic Site to look at the lighthouse built in 1909 & the 2nd tallest in Canada (the tallest, which is only 1 metre higher is at the end of the Gaspé Peninsula). Pointe-au-Père is the official entrance from the St Lawrence Estuary to the St Lawrence River which is a very dangerous waterway & since 1815 pilots based here have been guiding ships up the river. Since the opening of the St...

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Jun 11, 2011 - Cap Chat and the Gaspesie National Park

At the suggestion of Eric's wife, we decide to go and visit the Wind Mill fields of Cap Chat and take a ride in the Gaspesie National Park. We start to the windmill fields west of the city called EOLE. There are no tours yet but the sheer view of the number of windmills is amazing and the most amazing of all is the vertical one, the tallest in the world 133 meters high. It is broken and has not been repaired but it is so impressive. Then we head on to Ste Anne des Monts and take route 299 south and enter a wonderful world of nature....

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Jul 22, 2010 - Thursday Cap-Chat, QC

On this part of our trip around the Gaspe Peninsula, the terrain has become rolling hill and much farm land. We have seen fields of soy beans and many fields of rape seed. Okay all you perverts, the rape seed is used to make canola oil and not for anything involving a bed and Saran Wrap!!!! Get your mind out of the gutters. We saw more of the church steeples that appear to be silver – although I guess it could be some type of tin or aluminum. I still haven’t found anyone who speaks good enough English to ask. Our road Aut 132 (Route 132 for...

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The Trip of 2010

Jun 28, 2010 - Cap-Chat Lighthouse

On the 27th, five rigs continued on with our Maritime caravan. We left at a good hour and had a six hour drive to Cap-Chat on the Gaspe Peninsula. More than half of the drive was along the shore of the St. Lawrence River and was absolutely beautiful. The Cap-Chap area is famous for its wind turbine farm and is the site of the biggest vertical turbine in the world. Our campground was right on the St. Lawrence River and had a great beach area. We could see the local light house from our beach. On the 28th we found our way to the light house,...

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Jul 16, 2009 - Cap Chat - Tilting at Windmills

We had a spectacular drive today from west Rimouski to Cap-Chat; it was about 110 miles along what’s called La Cote, or The Coast. Most of the time, we had the Seaway in view, very little ship traffic, and lots of shore birds perched on the rocks, a very scenic drive. We passed what seemed like hundreds of wind turbines, some spinning, some not. We made a lunch / shopping stop in Matane at Wal-Mart. I picked up some staples while Joe walked Foxy. At this stop, we’re just about 2,500 miles into our trip; however, we didn’t need the odometer....

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Aug 11, 2007 - Cap Chat, QC

We drove all day and arrived at "Camping Au Bord de la Mer" at Cap Chat (Cape Cat), Quebec on the Gaspe Peninsula. We were off the four-lane highway again, passing through farming countryside and small towns where most homes have flower and vegetable gardens. The landscape is green and lush with the ever-present St. Lawrence River to the north. We are camped on the shore of the river that could be a sea. It's so far across the only thing you can see are hazy mountains very far away on the horizon, or are they just clouds? After setting up...

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