Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Bill, Lorie, and Katies' Most Excellent Canadian Vacation

We start out with a visit to L.L. Bean to purchase swim trunks to fill in for the ones I left in Smithfield.

It's then on to Quebec. "C'est Magnifique!" This is a night shot of the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac at the top of the hill.

We hit "Quebec Vieux" (Old Quebec), which is really younger than Petit Champlain which is the part of the city where our hotel is located. Katie is pointing to it from the wall around Old Quebec.
We hit Quebec during some sort of festival which included people walking around the city dressed in 18th century attire.

Shot of Quebec at night from the ferry.

On Sunday we attended an all-French speaking testimony meeting. All "old" elders who could translate had been transferred so the newbies left us to "feel the spirit."

Next day, we hoped to watch the changing of the guard at the Citadel but a bit of rain cancelled it. Wimpy French-Canadians.

Next we visited the Acadian Village. Very cool. Actual buildings from the area moved to a village setting. The Acadian experience reminded me in a number of ways of the Mormons - only the Acadians were kicked out by the British.

The obligatory lobster dinner.

Sunset over New Brunswick.

On to Prince Edward Island. Absolutely stunning island. The light house was the first to receive and send out the distress signal from the Titanic.

We went swimming and visited Ann of Green Gables home.

We then hit Nova Scotia. Our favorite spot was Peggy's Cove, complete with lighthouse.

The next day we drove out to Louisbourg, a port city and fort that has been rebuilt to exact replication. Of course, as those students of French-British history know, the city fell to the British and New England militia in 1745 and again to the British in 1778, opening the way for the conquest of Quebec. If Louis XV had been thinking ahead and adequately provisioned his North American cities, we might be eating "Frites Libre" instead of Freedom Fries.

Stopped for wild blueberry pie. Yummy!

Hopewell rocks at the Bay of Fundy. Highest tide in the world. Also very brown water.

The Roosevelt "cottage" on Campobello Island. This was a very pleasant surprise. Neat homes and beautiful grounds.

Acadia National Park from the top of Cadillac Peak with Bar Harbor in the distance. We missed seeing the Bushes.

It was a great trip with lots of driving, but well worth it.


  1. Sounds and looks like a great vacation. I am sorry I was born 40 years too soon to take advantage of digital cameras - no waiting and great detail!

  2. wow. You certainly know how to pull off a most excellent vacation. Your French skills are most impressive and your ability to post and comment on about 50 photos is stellar. Glad you made it home safe.... now back to more Rip Van Lee until Chad weighs in on the Indonesia and earthquakes and such...

  3. I'm jealous, Anne of Green Gables house! The trip looked beautiful.

  4. As a geographer, the Bay of Fundy has always been high on my list of places to visit. Someday I hope to see it too. Glad you got to see it. Nice photos.