Fall in Quebec

We have biked.


We have returned to Île d’Orléans for more apple cider and added some squash to our purchases.06-36707-370
(The butternut squash truly are “méga” here.)
We have changed a baby’s complete outfit on a picnic table in the golden sunshine.04-001

We have soaked up all the views and all the autumn glory Canada has to offer.05-00501-010

And it has been so good.02-02203-0171-016

Fall Celebration at the Citadelle

A couple Sundays ago we headed to the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec for the afternoon* for a fall celebration. There were some acrobats, jugglers, a tour of the Governor’s residence, a brass quintet, samples of apple juice, face painting and general fun activities happening. We thought it would be much busier, but it turned out to be a rather laid back, easy going event.

*Do you sense a pattern here? We go out in the afternoons. It’s easier that way since the smallest person in our group, i.e. the baby, needs his morning nap. That’s one change with being a family of four and having a baby in tow. It is kind of nice since we get to eat lunch at home, tidy the kitchen and then go off adventuring.

Back to the fall festival. First off, a maple leaf was painted on Natasha’s cheek. I thought it quite appropriate, and glad she selected it.


The face painting station was set up right outside of the main entrance for the residence tour. There was no way I was going to play tourist and go right up in front of the guards to snap a picture, but it was easy to do at a slight distance while the maple leaf was being applied. Had we been here earlier in September, we could have come to see the changing of the guard, but alas, it has ended for the season. Natasha kept asking why they have their hats on so far over their heads.


One of the event staff members mentioned that the mascot of the Royal 22e Régiment here is a goat. That explains the painted goat hoof prints we saw leading up on the path to the citadelle, and the following picture. What a stern faced soldier and cheerful goat they have!



Last Friday I was sitting at the counter doing some blogging and I saw a helmeted person drive pull into our driveway. I couldn’t see who it was, and didn’t have any idea who would be coming to see us in a town where no one even knows us.  After I told Daniel, “Someone just pulled in…” he said I should probably get up and see. Lo and behold, it was Daniel’s youngest brother, Silas. He drove up some 800 miles on his motorcycle to visit us for the weekend! Through rain, wet clothes, running out of gas and having to push the bike approximately two miles, more rain and being very sleepy, he made it. He and Daniel kept it surprise from me, and yes, I was completely surprised.

So that afternoon we all went to see more of the Old City, including the Governor’s Promenade, right along the river. We parked above at the citadelle and worked our way down the 310 steps to the riverfront. The view from the walkway showed us from above where we had biked previously, right along those cruise ships.1-012

Down at the bottom then, there is a huge boardwalk leading up to the Château Frontenac. That would be the hotel that looks like a castle below:04-013









To get back to the car we went up the narrow streets through parts of the old city  where I fell in love with this church’s doorway. 

The citadelle and the Canadian flag were right above us, so of course we walked up to see the view.


And what a view indeed.


Québec City is know for being “So Europe, so close”.  And just look at these houses. I have a similar picture from when we were in Strasbourg, France last spring and you might not be able to tell the difference. (By the way, I never blogged about that trip, but one day I might. Ha!)


Montmorency Falls

Back on the mainland, just directly across from Île d’Orléans, is Montmorency Falls which we visited after picking our apples from the previous post. The below picture shows the bridge to the island.


Then if you would simply turn around, your view would be…us! And the waterfall, of course. It’s taller than Niagara Falls, but not near as wide. So there’s actually a bridge to walk across and view the bubbly, swirling water from above. Do check out the link above for better pictures of the waterfall. It’s superb to be here in fall with all the trees turning color. Just in the 10 days or so that we’ve been here the maples are showing their colors so much more.


The huge bolts holding the bridge were pretty impressive at both ends of the foot bridge, and I thought they look like cannons. Or robots feet.


The surrounding park is lovely, and was peaceful and quiet during our visit. Natasha found an elephant’s tree-trunk to sit on during our walk back to the car.