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07
Mar
09

Day 155 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: L’Ile D’Orleans, Ice Climbing and Ice Canoes in Quebec

We stood and watched this young man scramble up the side of the “sugar loaf” at the Montmorency Falls five or six times before he made it to the top.

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Ice Climbers

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Many Quebecois are very active during the winter. These people were out at 8:00 am on a Saturday morning to enjoy the warmer weather.

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This was a steep climb. We talked to some men who were going to climb this part but said that it was too vertical for them.

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This observation bridge was busy both times we visited the Falls. It would probably be just packed in the summer months.

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Ready to Climb

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These ice climbers are from Mont Tremblant, but they came to climb at the Falls for the first time.

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Ice Canoe Race across the St. Lawrence from Quebec City to Levis

We were lucky enough to catch the ice canoe races. Had we caught the earlier ferry from Quebec City to Levis, we would have driven off without even knowing that they were on! This competition was called the Grand Defi Des Glaces (Big Ice Challenge), and this was its 14th year running.

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We asked organizers if the approaching cargo ship would be held back to wait for the canoe race to finish. “No, they train to deal with the ships passing by them, they’re used to it.”

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Quebec City was a stunning backdrop for the ice canoe races.

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The mens teams had to cross the St. Lawrence five times.

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Onlookers of the race.

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Pushing Over Chunks of Ice

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Three races were going on at once. The men’s elite, the women’s elite and the sport races.

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You would have to be in impeccable shape to participate in this sport.

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With so many canoes racing at once, there were a number of collisions and near misses.

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The races were very intense and exciting to watch.

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This is a strategic sport…teams have to figure out the best way to get across.

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Paddling on the Open Water

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The Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours Roman Catholic church in L’Islet Sur Mer was built in 1768.

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A naval boat is perched on the banks of the St. Lawrence River at the Musée Maritime du Québec in L’Islet.

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Manoir Vincelotte Campground and Cabin Rentals Office

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400 year old mill. We spotted this round building beside a bunch a run down cabins and stopped to ask how old it was. In Quebec you never know what misplaced or forgotten piece of history you will come across.

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Quebec leads Canada in dairy production, with an amazing 10266 dairy farms! This is 38% of the milk produced in Canada. The countryside is dotted with scenes like this one.

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28
Feb
09

Day 148 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Chicoutimi Carnaval and St. Fulgence, Quebec

Sleigh Rides at Chicoutimi Carnaval

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Looks like fun!

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Vintage Snowmobile Races – The skidoos had to be at least 30 years old to race!  

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Working at the Carnaval

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Happy Couple Enjoying the Chicoutimi Carnaval 

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There are so many Habs fans all over the place! 

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Impromptu Hockey Game

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This little farm (in a horse trailer) cost a dollar to visit. We didn’t pay since we have our two dogs around, and they are almost the same as having a little farm (but in the van). We are actually thinking of selling pony rides with Bo as the pony. 

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Kids Quad Ride 

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The Quebec Military had a tent at the Carnaval. 

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“Le Gros Party” in the Chalet du Pere Alex. 

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There were slices of “tarte au sucre” (sugar pie) for sale, and it was all I could do to resist a piece. So sweet, yet sooo delicious! 

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There was line dancing and French songs…he even played the accordion! 

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Wagon Wheel of History

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03
Feb
09

Day 123 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: 2009 Youth and Junior World Biathlon Championships at the Canmore Nordic Centre

Canada fired an official warning shot at the 2009 youth and junior world biathlon championships at the Canmore Nordic Centre. Other countries had best beware: Canada is an emerging Olympic medal threat in biathlon, a sport that combines cross-country skiing with rifle shooting.

“In the relay today, we got a silver,” Calgary native Scott Gow said Tuesday, struggling to catch his breath on a stunning winter day in the Canadian Rockies. “We’re picking it up. We’re a power country, almost.”

The Canadian contingent hit the podium five times over the past week to mark the most successful youth and junior championships in history for the young Canadians.

Calgary’s Kurtis Wenzel captured two individual medals:gold in the men’s youth 7.5 kilometer sprint and bronze in the men’s 10-kilometre pursuit competition. The National Sports School product also added a silver to his collection Tuesday in the men’s 3×7.5 kilometer relay with Gow and Aaron Gilmor of Calgary.

“Today, I’m really, really happy for my teammates,”Wenzel said, proudly waving a Canadian flag. “I had a terrible first shooting. It was a rough race for me.

“Everyone else did a great job. They deserve a freaking gold medal, but you know what? Silver is great, too.”

Biathlon is traditionally dominated by Norway, Germany, Russia and France.

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Faces of the day: Many local school children came to cheer at the races. 

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Canadian flags of the day

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02
Feb
09

Day 122 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Mount Norquay and Banff, Alberta

Jack has plowed roads in the Lake Louise area for 12 years.

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Banff Train Station

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Mount Rundle is the most recognized landmark in Canada.

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Mark the Ski Instructor

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Mount Norquay Ski Resort has some of North America’s Steepest ski slopes.

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The weather was near-perfect for skiing. 

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All-Canadian Fun

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Short lines for the chair lifts mean that skiers got lots of runs in. 

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Some of the snowboarders did some incredible tricks! 

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Two Ontario boys came to Banff to snowboard and find work. 

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Faces Of The Day

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Banff Springs Hotel

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Sir William Cornelius Van Horne was the inspiration behind the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway and its grand railway hotels. After the completion of the Banff Springs in June 1888, Van Horne knew that he had built a magnificent castle in the Canadian Rockies.

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Ryan has worked as a meet and greet person for six months.

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Interior of the Banff Springs Hotel

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Parts of the interior of the Banff Springs Hotel were like a Medieval castle. 

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Interior of the Banff Springs Hotel

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Chandelier Detail

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All of Banff seemed a bit quiet with hotels and sidewalks that are normally packed with tourists very empty.

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Banff Hot Springs

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Mount Rundle

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Dorothy Carleton, 89 and going strong. Her secret to staying young and vibrant is to walk everyday (uphill too) in her home town of Banff.  She moved here from England with her husband in 1948. She said that the adjustment from living in a city in 

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Dorothy Carleton sings old-time war songs at the extended care unit at the Banff Hospital.

 

Flag Of The Day

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15
Jan
09

Day 105 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Town of Stirling

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Bridge in Stirling

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Downtown Details

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Stirling Theatre

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Stirling Arena

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This arena has a lot of history in the town. There were many plaques, pictures and old Jerseys on display. 

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The men’s hockey league in town is just for fun. No one worries about the stats, they just come out for the exercise and the camraderie.

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Second Game of the Night

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A Spectator’s Sport

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The Boys Night Out – Curling

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Hoping…

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Waiting…

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Tense Moments…

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13 School Buses Await Students

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Countryside Near Stirling

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Flag Of The Day

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