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Jul 8, 2013 - Forillon National Park

It was a tough trip and a tough hike, but a beautiful park. Today we drove to Forillon National Park where we had originally planned to spend four nights. The drive was hilly and there were two major construction projects along the way so it took nearly two hours to get there. The park has a north side and a south side. We entered at the north entrance and drove to Cape Bon Ami where we parked for our hike. From that site we could see the tower we were to hike to high atop a cliff. It looked foreboding. We probably should have adhered to...

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Jul 7, 2013 - On to Grande Vallée

As we headed north on route 134 the road continued to stay close to the Gulf of St. Lawrence but began to have a few significant ascents and descents along the way. Our lunch spot turned out to be the highlight of the day as we found a neat little park with picnic pavilions, a small lake, a former spring water spigot, and a great view of the gulf. We stopped and enjoyed a picnic. The largest climb and descent came just before we arrived in Grande Vallée where we easily found our campground, Camping Au Soleil Couchant. That translates into...

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Jul 6, 2013 - The Tourelle and St. Norbert

Sainte-Anne-des-Monts is a nice village with a crème glacée spot within walking distance of our campground. The campground is more like a grass parking lot, but we have excellent wifi and direct tv is coming in loud and clear. The campground is directly on the water and only a few stairs are required to get to the “beach.” While the “beach” is mostly small stones and some rocks, it extends for a couple of miles and makes for pretty good walking. Yesterday we went a few km to the northeast to Saint-Anne-des-Monts (Tourelle) where there is a...

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Jul 4, 2013 - We Are on our Way

We are on our way! Sue got the go ahead from the dentist and a prescription for an antibiotic. She can wait until we are back in the U.S. for further work. We have changed our plans to more slowly move up the coast of Gaspe. Today we packed up the See Ya, said goodbye to Marie, and headed north on route 132 to the village of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts for a three-night stay. Route 132 is a pretty route staying close to the water most of the way. It became hillier as we moved northward. There is a considerable amount of wind farming in an around...

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May 20, 2011 - Parc national de la Gaspesie

It was a good day weather-wise so we decided to head for the mountains. Located in the heart of the Gaspe Peninsula are the Chic Choc Mountains which are a continuation of the Appalachians. The highest mountains in the area are Mont Jacques-Cartier at 1,268 metres and Mont Albert at 1,154 metres. Due to the cold and wet spring there was only one trail open by the Sainte Anne river passing by the Sainte Anne Falls. We did a short walk and then drove through the park. Off one of the side roads just outside the park we found a beautiful lake...

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May 19, 2011 - Travelling to Sainte-Anne des Monts

Today we travelled eighty miles along the Gaspe coast to Sainte-Anne-des-Montes. The sun was shinning so we enjoyed the views. We arrived at the campground, Camping du Rivage which sits right on the beach. We had stopped here seven years ago and had called the friendly owner Norman. The campground now had a new owner who was equally friendly and helpful. Our conversations were a little bit of French and a little bit of English. We called the new owner Norman II. He told us that the winter storms had been so bad that it had taken away a...

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Aug 16, 2010 - The Gaspe-On the St. Lawrence

The drive today was cloudy and some showers. Very light rain. We stopped at Reford gardens at Grand Metis.This is an Historic Site. The gardens were created between 1926 and 1958 by Elsie Reford. They contain about 3000 species of plants displayed in 15 separate gardens. The Reford family spent their summers here in Estevan Lodge. Even though it drizzled rain we spent about an hour wandering the grounds. Continued on up the coast and stopped at Fromagerie Du Littoral and bought some of their cheese. The family are dairy farmers (66 cows)...

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Oct 13, 2007 - Quebec City - Sainte Anne des Monts

After we leave Quebec City behind, we drive further east on Hwy 73, to Hwy 20 which we follow to the Gaspe peninsula, or Gaspesie as it is known in Quebec. We are still following the St Lawrence river; after Riviere du Loup the highway turns into 132, the scenic 2 lane route. Scenery is now mostly farmlands; people here live off farming, fishing and some lumbering. The houses are mostly white, small and well kept. There are some funny names of towns such as Trois Pistoles (3 pistols), which reminds you of a time not so long ago when things...

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Jul 18, 2004 - Sainte-Anne-des-Monts

The road to Ste-Anne-des-Monts is typical of the rocky coast, running through impenetrable terrain, either at the water’s edge or along the cliff tops and passing through many fishing villages with relatively large churches and nothing but waves, white horses and seagulls as far as the eye can see. Ste-Anne-des-Monts is no exception with its two steeple church and its majestic salmon river, the Sainte-Anne. Our campsite was right onto the beach and we met up with Barbara and Frank also full-timers who had been on the road for six years....

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