Parlez-vous français? Into Quebec (and some RV repairs)

Having left Nova Scotia, we made the long drive back to New Brunswick and north for Quebec, with nights in Kouchibouguac National Park and Campbelltown. We also made a stop at Percé Rock (Parc national de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé) which is located in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, on the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula. A wildly beautiful place.

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Percé Rock (Parc national de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé) on the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula

We next enjoyed a couple of days in Forillon National Park and went on some nice hikes, spotting whales, seals, gannets and guillemots from the cliffs.

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The busy Les Graves trail in Forillon National Park
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The lighthouse at Cap-Gaspé, reached via Les Graves trail in Forillon National Park
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Waterfall on the La Chute trail in Forillon National Park

We avoided most big cities on this trip but, we just couldn’t miss out on seeing Quebec City and when we had met a Québécois in New Brunswick just the week before, he’d given us the scoop on Quebec City and how to manage it with an RV. It involved camping overnight at the Wal-Mart in Lévis (which is a town on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, opposite Quebec City) and then simply parking the RV at the Lévis ferry terminal early the next morning and catching the ferry (only takes ~ 15 minutes) over to Quebec City.

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The wonderful view of Quebec City, when approaching on the ferry from Lévis
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New & old modes of transport, side by side in Quebec City
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Quebec City receives over 4 million tourists annually
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As Quebec City is a UNESCO World Heritage site, most of the buildings are extremely well maintained
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There simply isn’t enough time to try all the wonderful baked goods in Quebec City but, we made a good attempt while we were there
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Wonderful eateries abound in Quebec City
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Quebec City is a UNESCO World Heritage site and it is the only walled city north of Mexico
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Great berries at the Quebec City market at the Old Port

We loved the province of Quebec in all it’s frenchness but, unfortunately we were having some mechanical issues with the RV and we really didn’t get to spend much time there on this trip.

And getting back to the title of this blog post, oui – on parle un peu francais. Makes it all the easier, to order the specific chocolate croissant (ie. the biggest one) catching your eye in the display case!

After our time in the beautiful province of Quebec (the Gaspé Peninsula is definitely somewhere to see again), we actually travelled back into the US and spent a week with new forum friends (from our View/Navion Facebook group) in Plattsburgh, New York. Chris & Kat welcomed us into their home (and their RV garage) and we took the opportunity to take care of some service needs on the RV and install solar panels on the roof, in order to equip ourselves a little better for the more remote camping locations we had come to prefer.

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Here we are (our RV on the right) at Chris & Kat’s house in NY (their RV on the left of the photo)
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Here we are working on our Navion, in Chris & Kat’s RV garage (they have the same RV as us)
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Here we are under the RV, probably dealing with the transmission fluid leak we had
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Our solar panel install, on the roof of our Navion – Komaes 200 Watts 12 Volts Polycrystalline Solar Starter Kit with 20A PWM Charge Controller + 20ft Tray Cable + 20ft MC4 Connectors + Mounting Z Brackets
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Sandra cleaning the roof of our Navion in preparation for the next section of our road-trip, across Canada
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Sandra with Chris, BBQ’ing at their house in NY
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Wonderful NY blueberries
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Kat & Sandra collecting blueberries, near Kat’s home in Plattsburgh, NY
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One of Chris & Kat’s neighbors is the Earthwood Building School, run by Rob and Jaki Roy, with all these amazing buildings
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One of Chris & Kat’s neighbors is the Earthwood Building School, run by Rob and Jaki Roy, with all these amazing buildings
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One of Chris & Kat’s neighbors is the Earthwood Building School, run by Rob and Jaki Roy, with all these amazing buildings
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One of Chris & Kat’s neighbors is the Earthwood Building School, run by Rob and Jaki Roy, with all these amazing buildings

For those who are interested, Rob Roy of the Earthwood Building School, has written quite a few books on his cordwood building such as Essential Cordwood Building: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide (Sustainable Building Essentials Series).

After a week or so in New York, we headed back across the border and continued our love affair with Canada.

Join us next time for the drive across Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan and spend a whole lotta’ money on diesel!

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