We kicked off our travels in Montreal with a trip to Swartz for lunch. We are known to rise from our bed whenever we feel like it, and sometimes that means a late start to the day. Hey, we are on an extended vacation, we might as well make good use of the freedom while we can.
We purposely skipped breakfast as we knew a Montreal Smoked Meat feast was coming. We just needed to park the car / trailer at the casino (free parking), and take public transit downtown.
We took the exterior photo on our way out, notice the long line? Somehow we arrived at the precise time, and walked in and scooped up the last two seats at the bar.
We hoped back on the bus and went down to Old Montreal. It was an interesting afternoon walking around and admiring the old streets and buildings. The 32 degrees made it very pleasant to be out in the sun.
Many people had suggested we check out the Notre Dame Basilica in the heart of Old town. We have seen many churches, temples and shrines in our travels and were just about to skip this- we are glad we had a look.
We then walked around old Montreal. Mostly shopping which really does not interest us. The boardwalk was pleasant.
We spent the night in Shawinigan and had a look at La Mauricie National Park the next day.
We were unsure what this park contained, but as a rule a National Park within one hour of our route, requires a stop.
We left St. Mauricie and drove up to Lac Saint Jean, and spent the night. We admired the lake and drove down the north shore of the Saquenay River. Our next stop was Tadoussac- where the Saguenay meets the St. Lawrence. This area is (apparently) infested with whales, mostly belugas.
And at the conclusion of that loop, we are just about back where we started. Quebec City up next.