|Euronav tanker moored at Lévis, seen from the air|
Les Fleuves m'ont laissé descendre où je voulais.We took the opportunity last weekend to follow the Ottawa River and then the St. Lawrence River downstream until we reached Montmagny, 60km east of Quebec City. Flying a Piper Cherokee (CF-YSZ) the journey from Ottawa took us just over two hours. On the way we passed the last (or first) two bridges across the St. Lawrence between Lévis and Québec and caught sight of a few of the freighter ships that ply this great waterway.
|The Isle aux Grues ferry, about to dock at Montmagny|
suppers there, watching the sun set behind the mountains to the northwest.
|Sugar shack at the Pointe aux Pins|
The Isle aux Grues is famous for a Fromagerie (Le Riopelle) and for one of its late inhabitants, Jean-Paul Riopelle, a painter born (in Montreal) in 1923 who died in his island home near the Fromagerie in 2002 and whose abstract paintings in Ottawa's National Art Gallery I've often admired. In the island's museum, housed in an old barn (le grenier de l'île) is a small exhibition about Riopelle and his art, including some video footage of him as an old man pottering around his studio here.
|Aerial view of the Isle aux Grues at low tide. |
At high tide, the grass on the left disappears and it looks more like an S!
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* The difference between the shores at high and low tides is phenomenal. On the weekend when we were there the high tides coincided with supper time and after eating, we sat for a while watching the light fade as the water began to ebb again, the grass, flowers, rippled mud and rocks reappearing as sturgeons (possibly) leapt and twisted in the shallows and swifts flung themselves through the sky to catch the pesky mosquitoes.
|Walking on the riverbed at low tide|
|Sunset view from the Auberge, high tide|