Saturday, June 9
Our first hurdle to clear after leaving the Montreal Yacht Club was two large locks on the St. Lawrence Seaway. We tied up at the waiting dock at the St. Lambert lock and climbed up the stairs to call the lock master on the very special yellow telephone to let him know we were there and wanting to go through. We waited about 1 1/2 hours for the St. Lambert lock until a freighter exited. We were then able to lock through with seven other pleasure craft, tying up shoulder to shoulder.
|We are just in front of these boats.|
Our dockage for the night was on the lock wall at Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, which is a really happening place! Restaurants line the walkway, and on a Saturday night the village was rocking with live music and boaters partying. A pleasant change from our many quiet nights.
|Boats line the narrow waterway below the dock, 2 abreast on both sides.|
We had a good dinner at the Klondike Restaurant, which we chose based on the strength of its free Wifi.
Sunday June 10
We had a leisurely morning since the lock opens at 9 a.m., and we were 5 minutes away. Three of us locked through together. St. Anne lock is operated by Parks Canada, as are the rest of the locks we will encounter. These are all covered by our seasonal lock pass.
|Carillon Lock gate|
|Inside the lock- going up!|
|Chateau Montebello Lodge, built in the shape of a 6-pointed star out of logs hauled from British Columbia.|
|The huge fireplace dwarfs Mark.|
|The indoor pool- not shown are the 2 hot tubs.|
|On the hiking trail|
|Granary at Manior Papineau|
We ate an elegant French dinner at the Montebello restaurant and took advantage of the hot tub to cap our evening. This is probably the only hot tub we will find on the rest of our trip!
Tomorrow we will head on to Ottawa, Canada's capital, so this is our last night in Quebec. We have been pleasantly surprised at the friendliness of the people we've met (of course they were all boaters) and the fact that nearly everyone we interacted with was bilingual. It's been fun Au revoir, Quebec.