Favorite thing: While observing the main harbour at Cap-aux-Meules, I noticed an impressive looking steel-hulled 3-masted sailboat at anchor. It turns out that the 'Sedna IV' is at rest in its home port. This 51-metre, 394 ton vessel started her life in 1957 when built in Hamburg, Germany as a North Sea fishing trawler. She was completely rebuilt in 1992 and now is part of the Canadian government fleet. Her most recent accomplishment was to sail 11,000 miles, completely circling North America, including a passage through the Arctic via the Northwest Passage, in the summer of 2002. During this trip she took measurements of climate change in the Arctic and served as a floating classroom for students and teachers participating worldwide as virtual crewmembers. Behind the 'Sedna IV' is a very convenient lookout spot to observe what is happening in the harbour.
Favorite thing: After driving south from our final day excursion to parts of the northern islands, we stopped in Cap-aux-Mueles to climb a steep set of stairs to a great lookout over the harbour. At anchor in the harbour was the CTMA cruise ship 'Vacancier' which does a 2-day trip from Montreal. She then stays anchored for 3-days while the passengers do their exploring and then it is off for the 2-day return voyage. The cruise also involves a stop at Quebec City on the way down and passage by Perce Rock on the Gaspe Peninsula on the return trip. The other CTMA vessel, sideways on, is the cargo/passenger ship 'Voyageur' used for inter-island runs and also on the Montreal run during the winter months. Both of these vessels can handle ice. In-between, is the interesting 3-masted steel ship 'Sedna IV' (see my next tip for more details on it). In the background, is the high ground of Ile du Havre-aux-Maisons.