This post covers the last week and a bit of the MMM in the Province Quebec. I will say from our experience here that there is a great beauty in the geography of the province and our enjoyment of this was not hindered in any way by our decided lack of ability to communicate with people here in their native language of French. Without question our hosts went out of their way to steer us in the right direction. Merci!
Saguenay/ Lac St. Jean
August 22, 23 and 24
Arrived late afternoon in Saguenay on August 22, 2016 after a very scenic but hilly drive up Highway 75. Conveniently for some of us (BBB and DD) we parked right near a shopping mall so with not much time for anything else the girls managed to get in some shoe shopping!!!
The next day August 23, 2016 was very rainy so the day was spent doing laundry etc. and CC caught up with the last blog post. CC and LLL also scouted out a free dump and water site located at the Visitors Centre that we could use on the way out of town.
Our big trip in the area on August 24, 2016 was the 350 km around the well regarded vacation area of Lac St Jean. Lac St Jean is also a bicyclists haven as it boasts a 250+ km bike path around the lake. A problem we noted with the drive, like many other scenic drives we have taken is that the view of the lake is for the most part obscured by vegetation that has grown up over the years. Despite this there were many worthwhile sites and activities on the drive including some great rapids at Dolbeau-Matissimi where we stopped for a picnic lunch and the Visitors Centre there where we stopped to buy some farm fresh delectable blueberries.
One of our goals on the drive was to visit the White Falls at Girardville, as advertised in the local Guidebook as a place to see. After a 175 km drive to Girardville we were advised that the waterfall was actually another 112 km farther up an old forest road and would take another 2 hours. A quick vote vetoed this plan. One inclined to witticisms might be inclined to claim that the information in the Guidebook was perhaps “fallsified”. Another miss for us on this trip was a visit to the renowned Saguenay Fjord National Park.
Andre Acres RV Farm Campground
A return trip down Highway 75 on August 25, 2016 brought us to the town of Trois Riviere for an overnight stay and a walk through the old downtown area on August 26, 2016 before making our way to Andre and Danielle’s “RV farm campground” where we would spend 3 nights enjoying the peace and quiet and the sleep enhancing dark night skies. We enjoyed an early morning country road walk on the morning of August 27, 2016 which Andre discretely steered us away from the local nudist camp.
Later in the morning RRR (Roland the Rocking Raconteur) and AA (Amorous Arlette) arrived back from their home in nearby Magog for another night of camping as they would celebrate their 45th Anniversary the next day. The rest of the day was spent sitting around and chatting and catching up. Andre also took the men folk on a tour of his summer project which has been the installation of a 5000 watt generator in the front compartment of his 5th wheel. This was basically a one man project that most mortal (sane) men would never have taken on and is a marvel of Andre’s innovation and ingenuity. The day ended with RRR’s musical entertainment around the outside wood stove. RRR was particularly brilliant with his rendition of one of CC’s favourites, Bob Dylan’s Desolation Row that left us blowing in the wind. Regardless that RRR had not sung this little ditty in a number of years he was able to get through all 10 meanderingly worded verses with only a couple of minor hiccups.
RRR and AA headed back to Magog on their anniversary August 28, 2016 while we headed into town to pick up some supplies. On our way in to town we stopped by a farm just down the road and took in a Canine Frisbee Competition. Some of them dogs were really good.
Sadly, it was again time to leave the Farm Campground and our delightful friends and accommodating hosts Andre and Danielle but we will see them soon again in the desert. A very short drive on August 29, 2016 however took us to Magog and a visit to the humble abode of RRR and AA. Humble may not be the correct adjective as RRR and AA reside in a condo which provides a luxurious view of the park like condo grounds and Lac Memphremagog. After sharing an indoor picnic lunch we headed out for a tour of the grounds and downtown Magog. RRR and AA also kept us entertained with quite interesting tales of their time spent living in the little known African country of Djibouti.
A short visit, but it was nice to visit the homes of friends we have met in the desert. And as with Andre and Danielle we look forward to seeing RRR and AA later this fall at Imperial Dam. An overnight stay in Granby and another free sani-dump and water fill and we were on our way heading east on August 30, 2016 and within a couple of hours we crossed into Ontario where we would hole up at Cornwall for a couple of days before moving back up to Ottawa on September 1, 2016 for the Labour day weekend.