Saguenay Fjord boat ride and park

Trip Start Jul 31, 2010
Trip End Aug 07, 2010

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

We got up early for a long drive to Baie-Ste-Catherine which is almost a 2 1/2 hour drive from Beaupre.  We were warned about construction on the road and that it would take longer.  We did not want to miss the boat.  It was foggy.  We were the only English speaking people on the boat initially.  Anne-Sarah, the guide, would speak in French and then English for us.  We made a stop in Tadoussac and L'Anse-St-Jean to pick up more passengers.  Other English speaking people joined us.  We saw beluga whales on the way.  There are rugged mountains, steep cliffs, green islands, spectacular waterfalls, small towns of 30 inhabitants on our way to Baie Eternite of  Parc national du Saguenay.  For lunch we ate green salad, meat pie, cheddar cheese, bread, and maple cake on the boat.  At the park we walked to The Cave, which is really a rock overhang.  We proceeded onward up the trail.  We don't know where it went, but we had to return to the boat and did not go the entire way.  The smell of the evergreens is so aromatic.  We wished we could bottle it. 

On our way back, we stopped at Baie-St-Paul, a town with quaint shops and restaurants and colorful streets.  We ate at French Mouton Noir, a very leisurely restaurant.  It took 2 hrs, and by the end we were just tired and could not speed the waiter or the kitchen to respond faster.  And we still had to continue on our drive back to Beaupre.
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