Trip Start Aug 09, 2008
48Trip End Aug 2009
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The park is close to a busy highway and CP/and or VIA has its train tracks on the hill right across the park so it was somewhat noisy especially when the train runs a couple of times at night and sounds its horn - we will be investing in ear plugs!
The drive through the Gaspe region is very scenic
The territory is divided into 5 areas:
The Coast and Haute Gaspesie region is dotted with many small coastal villages. It is also home to Le Nordais Windmill Park which has 133 windmills, the largest windmill park built in Canada. Not all the windmills were whirring when we were there.....but we could still here the peaceful swish of the blades. We were surprised that these windmills were set up about 20 years ago...ahead of their time. Did lots of the driving today, August 16th. Ended up at Forillon National Park in Gaspe and stayed for a couple of nights.
So far the camping and staying in the van has not been too difficult. The sleeping is quite comfortable in the upper bunk and we are keeping the meals simple and stocking up on provisions every few days
The town of Perce in the Lands End region is another tourist stop known for its pierced rock so we did the touristy thing and took pictures. We had originally thought we would stay in Perce for a night but there was not too much to do so we kept going.
On the drive out of Quebec towards the New Brunswick border we drove past a roadside stand where a man dressed in a sailors outfit stood waving beside a display of wooden sailboats. I (Rajiv) react slowly to such unexpected things, and several kilometers down the road I decided to turn the van around and have a look at the display. From our conversation in French, I gleaned that he had made the sailboats. The bodies were out of cedar, and the sails out of maple wood. The smallest ones were five dollars, and the larger ones fifteen dollars. I told him that he should sell them for more, but he felt that if he did he wouldnīt sell any boats. I bought two of his hand-made boats. What a great deal!
Leaving Quebec we were looking forward to speaking English again
Overall, the thing that stands out for the drive through Quebec is the ever changing landscape, out of Quebec City, through the hill and valleys of the Charveloix region, along the Saint Lawrence and Appalachain mountain range in the Gaspe and the coastal seaside feel in the valley as we drove into New Brunswick.
Finding access to an internet has been challenging. We havenīt had much luck, itīs either not available, down or inaccessible. Maybe the universe is trying to tell us something. So, there will be a time lag with the postings.
Our little computer is handy but there are limitations and one of our challenges is reducing the size of pictures so they are easy to download. We donīt want to compromise the quality of the pictures by taking them at a lower resolution in the event we want to get prints made so that is something we are still trying to figure out. If anyone has tips, would love to hear them. Tried downloading Irfanview, but no luck either. Dont know if itīs because the system we have is a Linux operating system or not enough memory.