06
Mar
09

Day 154 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Baie St. Paul to L’Ile D’Orleans, Quebec

Baie St. Paul was opened to settlers in 1678. In the beginning of New France, the territory between Cap Tourmente and Tadoussac offered little in terms of colonization because of its steep cliffs. In 1812 this village became less isolated when a road was built by passing by the “Caps” and joining it to Quebec City. From that time on, the population grew and spread along the countryside. Baie St. Paul is a charming town filled with a plethora of art galleries and art centers. Many of its gift shops and souvenir shops seem to cater to the tourists, which must flock to the town in the summer months. It was fairly quiet when we were there, but this was in the winter, and it was still relatively cold outside.

There were so many art galleries in town, we lost count! 

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A number of houses were decorated and looked very festive!

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Examples of some of the creative signs in Baie St. Paul.

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Quebec Pride!

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Cruisin’ Around Town

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Can anyone lend this poor guy a tuque?

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Happy Couple Just Back From Skiing

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Keeping His Shop in Tip-Top Shape

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The Ile D’Orleans is located in the Saint Lawrence River about 20 km east of Quebec City. It is 34 km long and 8 km wide. It was originally called Minigo by the Huron. The French explorer Jacques Cartier first set foot on the island in 1535 near what is now the village of Saint-François. He called it Île de Bacchus because of the abundance of wild grapes growing on the island. The name was later changed to Île d’Orléans in honour of the King of France. The island was one of the first parts of the province to be settled by the French, and a large percentage of French Canadians can trace their ancestry to the island.

It was granted the status of National Historical District in 1970. Since 1940 access to the island has been by the “Pont de l’Ile” bridge. Today the island is a mix of suburban communities and farms, and is a popular destination for daytrippers and bicyclists. The island is still a very rural place famous locally for its produce, especially its strawberries, apples, potatoes and wineries. There are also sugar maple stands producing maple syrup and other products. (taken and adapted from Wikipedia).

Protection From the Dreaded Snowplow

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Some of the houses on the Isle of Orleans dated back centuries.

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Old Barn Textures

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Waiting For the End of Winter

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Yvon taps 150 Maple trees with his two sons to make his delcious maple syrup

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