Day 151 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: La Baie to Saint Simeon, Quebec

If you’re Canadian you must see and experience Quebec, it is truly a special place with a distinctive culture. We are very lucky to speak French, because maybe 1 in 7 people speaks English in rural Quebec.



Shadow Play


Quebec is full of personal shrines large and small to Mary and Jesus. Some shrines are in the oddest spots, the enclosed Mary on the left was fastened to a power pole, and the shine on the right was on the side of the road. 1000’s of shines and displays add to the old country feeling to Quebec, and reminds us of its strong Catholic heritage.


Cross By the Side of the Road Near the Town Riviere D’Eternite


This oldtimer was in pretty good shape for his age. Six months of shoveling snow off of his fifty-foot long driveway might have something to do with it. Snow and snow removal is a huge part of the Quebec landscape and lifestyle during the winter months. By the end of winter people have dug little trails with five foot high snow walls from their car to the front door. Snowfall in western Canada doesn’t compare to what Quebec has to deal with, no question. Blizzards are also common place in Quebec, and for the most part, the Quebecois deal with it in strides. Snow is in their blood, with many Quebecois owning snow blowers, skidoos, skis, skates and snowshoes. I personally think they look forward to it each year.


We asked this man to stand in front of the pile of snow in front of his house. In Quebec they move some of the snow, and the rest they just pile up as high as they can. I sure hope these homes have good drainage and weeping tile.  


Quebec in the winter is like being in a giant deep – freeze. Tremendous chunks of ice from the St. Lawrence Seaway were stranded as the tide went out. Another buried stop sign. Last year in Quebec they had a lot more snow than this year. I’ll bet that many of the signs were covered completely. 


Following the 1996 flood, a group of citizens built this reflecting pyramid conceived by artist Jean-Jules Soucy and composed of aluminum yield signs. We were surprised to come upon this cool modern art piece in amongst the quaint houses by the Bay. 


Michel Harvey had his own mini lighthouse on the shoreline of  the river Saguenay.


Chimney fires are common in rural Quebec due to the sheer number of wood-burning stoves.


The Solace of Ice Fishing


Due to the harsh winter weather on the St. Lawrence River, the Saint Simeon ferry to Riviere du Loup is shut down until April.


A fake lighthouse acts as a tourist attraction in St. Simeon.


This container ship was moving along at quite the pace, heading to unload in a Montreal port.


We had been in this same spot in St. Simeon, just five days earlier and this stretch of the St. Lawrence river was packed with massive chunks of ice.

Today however, the river was clear and inviting, and we felt like we were on the west coast, complete with a fine sandy beach.


Detail of a Beached Ice Chunk


It always surprises us how people can thoughtlessly throw around their trash in such beautiful country.


A lone lighthouse stands guard on the St. Lawrence Seaway.



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