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Feb
09

Day 138 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Quebec City

With 20 centimeters of snow on the way for tomorrow, I thought that this icy Canadian flag with tire tracks over it summed up the time of the year here in Quebec city.

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With Quebec city built on a hilltop there are so many great views to capture.

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Pretty much every government building in Quebec city consist of massive slabs of concrete with small windows. Quebec seems to have a love affair with concrete. I wonder if it’s to do with the need to feel a sense of permanence and stability after a rocky start for the French with so much conflict and fighting.

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There are certainly way more Quebec flags flown here in Quebec city than Canadian flags.

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The taxi drivers say business is good for them in QC.

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This is what comes off of the roads….I found this under a bridge. Quebec loves to use huge amounts of salt on the roads; no gravel out here in the East… just straight salt!

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Blind and brave! In Quebec city motorists will actually slow down for you if you’re crossing the street. In Montreal, on the other hand, they speed up for you.

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Proud to be Canadian! This woman made this toque for her son’s ski team.

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Somebody has too much time on their hands during their lunch hour.

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Just two days ago this was the site of Carnaval where 1000’s of people laughed and had a great time. Today it’s back to being a frozen wasteland.

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The Hotel Frontenac has got to be one of the most stunning of the Fairmount hotels from across Canada with its castle-like architecture.

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This has to be the most amazing sled run I’ve ever seen. You get going really fast as the whole run is made of ice. The kids really scream on this one and with reason.

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Two ferries crossing in the night.

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Tug Boat in Icy Waters

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Grocery Store in Downtown Quebec city

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