Our trip map of June 27th, 2003
We left Joliette a6t 7.40 AM ( 50 Seniors on a 7 day bus tour of Eastern and Northern Quebec as far as Labrador.
first stop at Trois Rivieres to have breakfast and pick up our guide ( Big surprise it was our niece). Next stop was St. Anne De Beaupre for 15 minutes.
The temperature was 33%C. outside our air conditioned bus.
We were on Route 138 until Baie-St. Paul and then took the scenic road 362 which took us through canyons, mountains. big hills . We stopped to check the brakes ( It is the Law) at Les Eboulements. ( A bus load of Seniors were killed here when their brakes failed a few years ago. The Hill and road have been made safer since.
From here we could see Ile Aux Coudres. ( I visited it in 1982) A ferry boat takes you and your car their and a road circles the island. You can see all the old original homes and visit historical sites.
Our trip map cont. of June 27th, 2003
We now took route 138 (after dinner at La Mal Baie) 2.40PM. If one wanted to go the CASINO you take 362 West to POINT AUX PIC
It was foggy all the way through mountain passes as big as one sees in the West ROCKY MOUNTAINS.
We finally arrived at the ferry to cross The Saguenay River at BAIE ST CATHERINE at 4PM.
" Don't miss the travelogues below"
The name was given in memory of Napoleon-Alexandre Comeau a naturalist and geologist of th North Shore.
A safe bicycle path circles the whole city and has many observation areas. An excellent beach and swimming area on th St. Lawrence River as well.
We were on a tour bus and our guide was the owner of the "Le Conte" Hotel. He loves his home town and explained a lot of it's history to us It is situated on the mouth of the Manicougan River where it meets the St. Lawrence River. There are v22 PARKS for a small population of 25,000 people. It has 4 olympic size swimming pools.
In 1837 colonel Robert McCormick disembarked here and founded the town.
"Another view of the Bay"
A luxury Hotel in the distance.
The City has been incorporated for 67 years. It has 5 lakes within its borders and is built on solid rock.(They have to dynamite the rock to create a place for the basements of all houses or buildings). The basements are very cool and must have a dehumidifier running at all times to remove the humidity.
"Fresco on wall"
Napoleon Alexander Comeau is honored with a Fresco on a wall.
This town is was founded to produce paper for The Chicago Tribune and other great American newspapers and still does to this day. The Alcoa Aluminum Plant is one of the biggest in the world.
Cartier Mining also have a plant here and a railway which goes into the far north to bring Iron Ore to be processed . Rail cars of ore are loaded on one of two ferry boats and across the St. Lawrence River to Matane to be shipped to the USA. The Paper as well. Hydro Electricity is also produced here at MANIC-2 and further north Manic-5
The average salary here is $65,000 per year.
"Snowmobiles People transporter"
"Group at dinner"
We ate in the same cabin that the loggers use to use.
"Boat used on the river drive of logs"
Logs were cut high in the mountains and sent down to the mill near the shore of the St. Lawrence River by the streans. The Loggers used this type of boat called a POINTER to free the log jams along the stream
Franquelin (VILLAGE FORESTIER D'ANTAN)
"HISTORICAL LUMBERJACK VILLAGE"
This town 31km.west of Baie Comeau is protected from the wind on all sides by the Laurentides mountains. It's port was used to ship lumber and the forests in the mountains were cut by lumberjacks and their encampment has been reproduced here with original buildings, tools, vehicles costumes, equipment etc. A real museum of the logging industry.
note old wood stove, bunk etc.
"Cabin for the man who measures the wood"
He had his own cabin so that the jobbers could not influence him to credit more than was cut.
"Inside the bunk house"
"TH Blacksmiths Cabin and workshop"
All the harness for the horses and a place to replace the horses shoes.
"Kitchen and dining room"
We had dinner here ( 50 Seniors)
Pots, pans, wood stove etc.