On Tour with J&B, Week 8, 2017
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The Canada/Maine border is in the middle of the river!
Saint John: A bustling, industrious port city on the Bay of Fundy. It is the oldest incorporated city in Canada and the downtown area has beautiful churches and a charming atmosphere. The tides here on the Bay of Fundy rise 53.5 feet! The highest tides in the world. There is a spot on the St. John River with Reversing Rapids. As the Bay’s tides begin to rise, they slow the course of the river and finally stop the river’s flow completely. The effect of the reversal is felt upstream as far as 80 miles inland. Once again we were hampered by cold, rainy weather so did most of our sightseeing from the Jeep. Golf was out.
Edmundston: About an hour out of Saint John we saw blue sky for the first time in over a week! We were happy campers once again, and ready to hit the golf course. Our route was on the Trans-Canada Highway — a great road with beautiful green hills, farm land, and trees everywhere. We really enjoyed the drive. (We parked in a funeral home parking lot to make lunch and take a rest.) After checking into our campsite, we loaded up the clubs and headed to the course, at 5:30pm. No problem getting in 9-holes on a beautiful course — and it was 70 degrees — awesome! Made a time to play 18 holes the next day. Didn’t happen — the gray, raining weather found us again.
Quebec City: What a delightful city. Very French and very friendly. Yes, French may be the primary language spoken, but everyone we spoke to also spoke English. We really enjoyed driving and walking around Old Quebec. Lots of old buildings, shops and restaurants in a small space. The City was alive, even on a drizzly day. We hiked 310 steps to the Citadelle, (construction began in 1673,) and from there we had a great view of the massive St. Lawrence Seaway that flows from Lake Ontario to the Atlantic Ocean.
Montreal: Another great Canadian city with old buildings and new, towering condominiums and massive office buildings. We enjoyed walking Rue Saint-Paul, a cobblestone street, no cars, lots of people, shops and restaurants Had a great dinner at Modavie.
Toronto: We had a great round of golf with a couple of friendly Canadians — come to think of it, all the Canadians have been friendly! Growth happening everywhere, construction all around, industry and businesses appear to be flourishing. We had lunch in the Distillery District, a hip commercial and residential district near the harbor (not sure why John picked this area).