We considered heading south (back to the U.S.) from Montreal, but we've not quite decided whether or not we want to take the Gaspe Peninsula trip. In the end, we delayed making the decision a few more days while we're in Quebec City.
|View of Old Quebec City from the opposite side of the St. Lawrence River.|
The auto ferry took only about 15 minutes and our open deck view was excellent so we decided we'd stay in the car with the pups. I'd been a little apprehensive about Ozzie being scared of the diesel noise of the ferry engine, but he seemed calm and relaxed perched on the car's center console. The views were pretty great.
I could have snapped a hundred pictures in the short time it took for the ferry to transport us across the St. Lawrence River, but I took just a few and saved the best views of the city from near the point of dockage.
|Quebec City's rooftops and the Old Post Office Clock Tower|
Taken from the car ferry just before docking.
|Château Frontenac was one of several hotels built for the Canadian Pacific Railroad in the late 1800's.|
|Parliament Building - completed in 1886|
There are 22 statues on the grounds of the building
The Plains of Abraham National Battlefield ParkThe Plains of Abraham is an historic area in Quebec City. It became famous as the site of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759. The park is visited by 4 million visitors every year.
|The Plains of Abraham is compared to Central Park in New York|
|Fabulous flower plantings around a flagpole at the Plains of Abraham Park|
Old Quebec City and The Plains of Abraham became increasingly crowded with concert goers late in the day so we decided to take the short drive upriver to the historic site of Montmorency Falls.
Parc de la Chute-MontmorencyThe ride was nice and the view of The Île d'Orléans Bridge was too good to pass up. This is the farthest downstream bridge along the Saint Lawrence River, but it does not cross the entire river, going only to Isle Orleans.
|The Île d'Orléans Bridge was completed in 1934 as a job creating project during the Great Depression|
Montmorency Falls were named in 1613 by Samuel de Champlain. He named them in honour of Henri II, duc de Montmorency, who served as viceroy of New France from 1620 until 1625.
Just prior to the Battle of The Plains of Abraham (where we'd just been) Generals Wolfe and Montcalm would meet here at Montmorency. Remnants of British General Wolfe's earthen forts are still here. Wolfe's troops were repulsed by the French here, resulting in 440 British soldier deaths. Ultimately, though, Wolfe's successful assault at The Plains of Abraham would cost the French a greater battle and ultimately the war.
|The Falls were the site of a key scene in the 1947 film Whispering City, (aka Crime City) which was filmed in Quebec City.|
|The guys in this picture launched a camera flying apparatus that caught my attention.|
Look at the tiny little people on the bridge over the falls. You won't catch me on that thing. No sir-ree.
Well, that's 'bout all the history I can manage for awhile. While we've been in Quebec City, we decided to return to the U.S.A., at least for awhile, though we may return before summer's end.
I'll post from coastal Maine next time.