Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Quebec to New Brunswick

The Rocky Shore

Photos: July 27, 2016

I still remember my mother telling me that she learned of the St. Lawrence River in geography class as one of the great rivers of the world (this was in Russia in the 1920s). When you are this close to the mouth of the river it is incredible how expansive it is; it is easy to see its majesty and its beauty. The shoreline has stories to tell - time before our history, written in the boulders and rocky expanses, stories of the explorers who "discovered" this land that had been populated long before their arrival, tales of shipwrecks such as the Empress of Ireland which sits not far from here at the bottom of the river.

Jack was Every Inch a Sailor

Sailors have long plied these waters fishing, transporting goods and bringing people to start new lives in North America.

Covered Bridge

Our road trip took us along the Matap├ędia River, one of the great salmon rivers in Quebec. This covered bridge was built in 1931

Pont de Routhierville

A walk through it is looking at geometry in action.

On Baie des Chaleurs

In New Brunswick we stopped at Petit-Rocher on the Baie des Chaleurs. This part of New Brunswick is the Acadian area. Many of the  original Acadians had been expelled after the British conquest (some ended up in Louisiana - hence the Cajans); some returned while others managed to stay. The descendants of these original French settlers made lives here. The people in this area honour the Acadian culture.

Fishing Shacks in Acadian Country

You can often see blue, white and red objects celebrating the colours of the Acadian flag. We saw brightly painted fishing shacks, fences, and even chairs.

Acadian Chair

The pride in their background is obvious!

Old House with New Technology

We passed many weather-beaten houses and barns. This one sported a modern accessory - a satellite dish - the old house embracing new technology. Our final destination - Caraquet.


  1. Susan, Wow! Who needs a staycation when you have this beauty to explore! This is a part of north america I have yet to visit...but it's now added to my wish list. Love your photos (especially the geometry one!).


  2. Striking photos, Susan. I lived in Montreal for ten years, and traveled through much of the area you are discovering. I think American students should learn more about how the St Lawrence Seaway influenced the exploration and development of North America!