58 Day Gaspe/Atlantic Province RV Trip   3 comments

Day 1-4 Hermon, ME-Quebec

Traveling to rendezvous for the Gaspe/Atlantic Provinces trip this year, we found that the fuel prices are about the same as they were in 2011.

We started in Hermon, Maine, at the Pumpkin Patch RV Park. The park staff was very accommodating, and we could not have asked for nicer people. The park itself was beautifully surrounded by woods. We arrived early so that we could begin our preparations for the trip. We have 17 RVs and after losing a few and gaining a few will have 18 RVs going over to Newfoundland. We had a LEO “Let’s Eat Out” and a pancake breakfast.

Our Adventure Caravan Gaspe & Canadian Atlantic Province 58 day trip is officially under way, starting off with orientation and a staff prepared lasagna dinner. Before breaking up, we have everyone get people to sign “their” BINGO cards. That’s always fun to watch! We are so lucky to have such a great group!

This year, the drive was so much easier since we’ve done it before PLUS we got through the Canadian border without being searched!

Once everyone arrived in Quebec, we could relax.

Our first day of touring Quebec was a first class motor coach ride through new and old Quebec City. Roger was our guide and did a wonderful job of entertaining us and filling our brains with information about the history and lifestyle of Quebec, Canada.

What a beautiful city Old Quebec is.

Jack found his first ice cream. How many more will he find?

Within the square is the church of Notre Dame. Check out the ship hanging from the ceiling.

Guide Roger pointed out a muriel showing all the prominent people of Quebec.

They seem to be into muriels on the side of buildings as we found another beautiful muriel in the shopping district.

No, Bill, that is NOT the Blarney Stone!!!!!!

As we wandered, we found a young woman demonstrating how people of the time used to create fire by scratching a stone.

Located prominently overlooking the St. Lawrence River in Old Quebec City is the Chateau Frontanac. The hotel was built by Emily Post’s father. It was in this hotel that she wrote her book of etiquette. You can see the hotel off in the distance.

Our last trip to Quebec, we were told a very interesting story that it was in this hotel that the strategy was planned for “D-Day.” It seems that one of the employees who cleaned up after the meeting found a pad of notes regarding their strategy. When the officer came back to the room to get the notes that he forgot, he discovered that they were already found by an employee. The employee was asked to keep them a secret until after the event. Believe it or not, he did keep that secret and only talked about it after D-Day.

One of the wings is referred to as the “crooked wing” BECAUSE it was built to follow the street, but as you can see from the photo below, it is crooked.

The hotel has one of the city’s finest restaurants. The chef ensured that it was one of the finest by having a fresh garden on the roof (of course today the garden can’t support its many guests) and honey bees for fresh honey.

There were many old photographs of famous people who visited the hotel over the years. I found the photo of Princess Grace dancing with “Tom Cruise” fascinating.

BUT WAIT, Tom Cruise and Princess Grace. Impossible! It turned out that it was not Tom Cruise at all, but a royal dignitary from the middle of the 20th century, probably before Tom was born!

Within the hotel are the “magical steps.”

They are said to be magical because if you make a wish and don’t reveal the wish, it will come true and only then can you tell of your wish. Years ago a couple was married in the hotel and they each made their own wish. In 1993, they returned to the hotel for their 60th wedding anniversary and revealed their wish. Their wish was that they would live happily together for the rest of their lives and one day they would return to the hotel.

We had lunch at Montmorency Falls.

On this visit, we did not walk the steps after crossing over the falls.

In the gift shop, there were photos of what the falls look like in winter. People actually use metal poles to walk up the falls.

We then toured Albert Giles Copper Works. The creator died 30 years ago and the art is still carried on by his children. One of his daughters gave us a tour and explained the process to us. What beautiful things they had on display and for sale. Can you guess what the yellow background is made of in the picture of the monkey?

Believe it or not, it’s eggshells!

Our last stop of the day was the Sainte-Anne Beaupre Basilica. My Patron Saint.

What a beautiful church.

Downstairs we found a room of candles. There were so many lit that you immediately felt the heat as you walked into the room. It felt like a huge fireplace burning.

Last stop of the day, Isle of Orleans for Ice Cream! What unique houses they have.

Many of the houses were built in the 1700s and are not allowed to be changed. They also have a building moratorium on building, so the older homes are bought and renovated as much as they are allowed.

The Chocolate factory is my favorite!!! OH MY GOSH! It was the best! The “Belgium” chocolate dip was so thick, not like in the U.S.

When we are on tour, you just never know what we are going to find! Check out the dog and “working” phone booth!

Our last day in Quebec, we finished with the movie “Anne of Green Gables” and popcorn. What a great movie, and I can’t wait to get to Prince Edward Island.

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Posted June 22, 2015 by carolnbill in Travel

3 responses to “58 Day Gaspe/Atlantic Province RV Trip

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  1. Have a great trip!! Barb and Ken Bol

  2. Carol,

    Thanks so much for sharing your blog with us. It brought back such GREAT memories from our last year’s trip to the Maritimes! Wish we could be along with you this year!

    We leave in 6 days for a month in New York (Catskill Mts), then 2 weeks with Teri & Jon Schneider in PA touring the Pocono’s, Amish country, and Gettysburg. It’ll be like doing our own little Caravan. Wish you could be with us too!

    Have a great time & travel safely! I look forward to reading more blogs from you!! Are you the Wagon Masters on this trip? Who is the Tail Gunner?

    Love, Chris & Steve

    li2sc@sccoast.net .
  3. So rewarding to see everyone having a great time. Carol, you are the best! Have a great trip!!!

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