It’s always been a source of great annoyance in our family that the Canadian train company VIA Rail, wasn’t as forward thinking as so many others we’ve had the pleasure to ride. It’s tough to go to France, Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic and on and on and on…. only to return home and be limited to driving the car as a way to get around. It’s extra frustrating […]

On the shores of the Saint Lawrence River, approximately 20 miles from Quebec City, is the tiny village of Sainte-Anne de Beaupré, home to the Canadian Basilica of the same name.  I am told, this major Catholic shrine and place of healing attracts a whopping 1 million pilgrims a year. To get from Quebec City to the Basilica of Sainte-Anne de Beaupré, you have two options: 1)     Boulevard Sainte-Anne […]

On July 9th 2012 my paternal grandmother celebrated her 73rd birthday. To mark the occasion, we decided to go and visit her in Quebec City – a five hour drive from our home in Ottawa. It’s always a nice time and I do enjoy the family residence and all the attention I get from her while I am there!  But I must confess, that although we saw glorious Old Quebec […]