It had been a while since we visited our friends Art and Nicole on this beautiful island, about a twenty minute drive from Quebec City. So when we decided that it was time to re-visit, we picked up the phone re-connected, and before you knew it, we were packing our bags. Don’t you just love it when you can pick up where you left off with good friends and get right into it? This was our 4th visit to the island, the anticipation and excitement of the 12 hour road journey also brought with it a heightened buzz. I love road trips and I was definitely looking forward to being in classy Quebec again.
A bit of history on the island. It was first discovered in 1535 by the French explorer Jacques Cartier. The island is about 5 miles wide and 22 miles long. It is located on the St. Lawrence River, and is not at all densely populated. A visit to the island gives you a glimpse into rural life in Quebec. On weekends people from the city drive to the island to escape for the day. It is best in the summer where you will find fields of strawberries, raspberries, roadside stands selling baked goods, maple syrup, fruit and vegetables. Charming French colonial houses dot the landscape as do many churches. A view of the Laurentian Mountains and the St. Lawrence River can be seen from any vantage point which gives the island a sense of peace and tranquility. Some of the houses have the curved bell-shaped roof designed for snowy weather, some of the rooftops are also colored bright to detract from the long, cold and harsh winters in Quebec.
The highlight of the trip each time had to be our hosts home and location. Their beautiful French colonial stone home is over 250 years old. Their home has appeared on a couple of local historical magazines. The backyard overlooks the Laurentian Mountians and the St. Lawrence River. Nicole has turned her backyard into something quite extraordinary. The pictures below will show you the breathtaking views. Click on each picture to get a full view.
There are various seating areas in the back garden where one can take in the views and relax. You could find a shady spot grab a book and unwind, you could listen to French music and put your feet up in another part of the garden, or simply de-stress and catnap in the fresh open air overlooking the mountains. Pre-dinner drinks and appetizers were always served before the sun set, followed by another table set up for the main meal. All our meals were al fresco style. This is what I had wanted to experience again, this is why I had wanted to visit and I was surely enjoying the slow pace, the scenery, the mountains and the sunsets in the back yard.
We decided to spend a day in Quebec City. The Chateau Frontenac in the picture below is a grand old hotel in Quebec City which opened in 1893. In 1953, this hotel was used as the filming location for Alfred Hitchcock’s film “Confess” featuring Montgomery Cliff and Anne Baxter.
Ending the day with a spot of lunch at the Gallery of Contemporary Art before we rushed back to the island to relax and take in the mountains one last time in the backyard.
Till we meet again Quebec, Au Revoir.
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