Goodbye Quebec

Three days at Perce and the weather didn’t improve; it got even worse with dense fog.  Such a disappointment but this means we will have to go back someday.  Here is one pathetic picture of the rock taken from our campsite.  Unseen to the left of the rock is the beautiful little town of Perce.
IMG_3662 
Sadly we left and continued driving along the coast enjoying amazing scenery.  Quebec is so pretty, so clean, and overall way friendlier than I expected.  This province goes way overboard to welcome tourists.  There are tourist offices in practically every little town, plenty of scenic little pull over parks with tables and water and sometimes an RV dump, and the driving is easy with roads better than expected and very little traffic. 
We crossed into New Brunswick at Campbellton which is at the beginning of Chaleur Bay.  This area is bilingual.  All signs are in both French and English and it’s a tossup as to which language store clerks will first speak to you in.  Then they switch to whatever language need be.  Campbellton is on the edge of the Restigouche Highlands, part of the Appalachian Mountains.  Sugarloaf Mountain on the edge of town, has skiing.
IMG_3679            I received a lucky break with this picture because 5 minutes later a slight breeze came up and the reflection was gone. The right side is Quebec and the left N. Brunswick.
IMG_3682                           This is a big salmon fishing area
IMG_3687         There’s a nice walking trail along the bay with fountains, picnic tables, a wharf with overnight RV parking (free), and more.

Gaspe Peninsula, Quebec

Yesterday we drove from Matane to Perce, about 200 miles. The scenery gets better every mile until we rounded a sharp curve and dropped into Perce when all I could say was OMG because it was so beautiful!  The weather was great yesterday for the most anticipated drive of the trip.  It started raining last night and it’s cold and gloomy today but we are going to stay in Perce for a few days and hopefully the sun will shine.  We want to take a boat ride to Bonaventure Island to see the birds and maybe some whales.  We are at an RV park that juts out into the ocean so we have ocean and views on three sides and we also overlook the town, the island,  and the famous rock offshore that gets compared to the Rock of Gibraltar.  This RV park is very large but at the moment we are the only customers.  In fact, we’ve practically had the whole peninsula to ourselves as tourist season doesn’t really begin until after June 15th.  When we arrived last evening there was a rental RV here with a German brother and sister couple (our age).  They invited us for a glass of wine in their RV last night and I won’t say how many bottles we ended up drinking.  Molly was invited too, and they had special cooked her some unseasoned hamburger meat as a treat.  She was in Martin’s lap most of the time. People who love dogs that much are A-Okay!  We’ve received a very sincere invitation to visit them in Germany for a few days if we go to Europe next year.  They left this morning as they are only in Canada for three weeks and have much to see.
IMG_3645

IMG_3625

There are many, many beautiful RV parks all along the peninsula with such nice settings.

IMG_3533

IMG_3636

IMG_3639

Many homeowners have gotten creative with their houses.

IMG_3654                                         Perce, Quebec

Colorful Saint Ulric

Not many miles were driven today but I want to show you these pictures from a little town we passed through. 

IMG_3597

 

This is the bathroom at a little river side park.  The entire park; trash cans, benches, playground, was in this style. The path all along the river through town had benches and more trash cans like this. 

 

 

IMG_3603

 

 

Had to jump in the View because we had a sudden rain

 

 

 

 

IMG_3606

 

All the extra touches on this house are wood carvings.  Maybe the same person did the town park too.

 

 

 

IMG_3607

IMG_3593

 

Curious cows.  Most cows don’t stop eating and look at me when I take their picture.

Pointe au Pere Lighthouse

is the second highest lighthouse in Canada.  It has 109 steps that go up in a spiral staircase without a landing for a break.  And since I was the first in a group of people behind me, I couldn’t act my age and slow down.  The last little bit up was by ladder and I skipped that part.  Steve wished he had because he was trapped with the crowd at the top while the tour guide gave a long narrative in French and I made my way back down and outside.

IMG_3564

In 1914 the passenger ship, Empress of Ireland, was struck amidships during a thick fog by a Norwegian coal ship four miles from Pointe au Pere.   1012 people on the Empress of Ireland lost their lives.  The Titanic had sunk just two years earlier and so many lives were lost because there weren’t enough lifeboats.  As a result, the Empress of Ireland had improved safety measures with additional lifeboats and drills but sank in just 14 minutes. One crew member who survived also survived the sinking of the Titanic and the Lusitania.  More actual passengers were lost on the Empress of Ireland than the Titanic but the Titanic lost many more crew.  Artifacts from the wreckage and the history of the vessel, her passengers and crew are on display in the Empress of Ireland Pavilion directly across from the lighthouse.

There’s also an old submarine that can be toured as well as a museum of fog horns.  Overnight parking is allowed here in a big grassy area overlooking the St. Lawrence and the lighthouse.

IMG_3582