A little while ago, there was still snow on the ground and things had become a little depressing around here. Winter had dragged on just that little bit too long. As we stared out into the miserable winter sky, it felt like nothing good was ever going to happen. Snow just kept on coming. We missed colour badly. White, greys and brown-black were all we could see. Even […]

Dog Friendly Wakefield Fresh Water Spring - Quebec, Canada

On Easter weekend, the bipeds and I made our monthly pilgrimage to a fresh water spring not too far from our home. The spring is one of those little local treasures we discovered when being tourists in our own neck of the woods. It’s on the way to a small, dog friendly town named Wakefield. I’ve mentioned this village before and will likely mention it again. We really […]

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The bipeds are spontaneous. I don’t say this lightly. Allow me to prove it by sharing a snippet of conversation I overheard one morning, moments after the bipeds had awakened and made coffee. They were sitting on the couch, still in their pajamas. Dad:    What do you mean you’ve never been to Mont-Tremblant? Mom:  I haven’t. It just never seems to work out. [sips her coffee] Dad:    You’ve […]

Visiting North Hatley With a Dog - Quebec, Canada

Known as “Jewel of the Townships”, North Hatley reveals itself in a most majestic way as you drive down a hill.  The road twists and turns, and between the thick trees framing the view ahead, you glimpse the clear blue lake shimmering under the sun, flanked by old Victorian style homes in the distance. Located at the northern most tip of Lake Massawippi (go ahead and giggle; we certainly did!), North Hatley was founded […]

Visiting Sainte-Anne de Beaupré With a Dog - Quebec, Canada

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 […]

Visiting Île d'Orléans With a Dog - Quebec, Canada

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 […]

Quebec waterfalls

At the foot of Mount-Sainte-Anne near Quebec City you will find a well-kept little secret. I am going to share this secret with you: The Jean-Larose Waterfalls. 69 meters in height (224 feet) they have dug their way in the hard rock in a fantastically curved and ornate path and end with a thundering splash in a massive basin at the bottom. To access these falls is a […]

Having previously written about Quebec City, I will not repeat what was already mentioned in that post (Château Frontenac, the boardwalk, the Funicular, etc.).  I will simply invite you to first read it so you can, like me, focus on what was new to us this time around! We were lucky enough to actually have good weather on July 9th 2012:  warm and sunny with big white fluffy clouds.  So […]

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One lovely summer day – last weekend to be precise – Dad sat across from Mom and I and said out of the blue: “Hey, why don’t we go to Wakefield?” So we got in the car and off we went to be tourists in our own backyard. You’ll find Wakefield in a splendid setting – a sort of throw back to the early settlements found along the […]

Ah, Quebec City … the capital of the province of Quebec, Canada ’s francophone stronghold.  A stunning city, filled with a rich history, seeped in drama, and in stories worth the telling.   Quebec City is a place where the new and the old mingle and mix and where North Americans can get a feel for Europe without having to cross the Atlantic Ocean .  The streets of […]