I recently visited Canada to attend my nephew’s wedding and was blown away by the magnificence of this vast North American nation. After spending a short time in the culturally rich city of Montreal, I was able to explore the southern region of the province of Quebec and travelled in excess of three thousand kilometres in just over a week. What struck me most during my travels, was how completely different this part of the world is compared to my home in Western Australia. The vast green forests, abundance of water and vibrant French influence on the architecture are strikingly different to what I am used to.
Australia is the driest continent on the planet. In contrast, Canada has more than sixty percent of the World’s lakes. Wherever I went there were rivers, lakes and a plethora of waterfalls to marvel at. Adding to the experience, is the fact that I visited during early fall when the weather is still fine and the landscape is at its most colourful. The following are my first batch of photographs.
Notre-Dame Basilica, Montreal
Notre-Dame Basilica is situated in the historic district of old Montreal. It was built between 1824 and 1829 and the architectural design is gothic revival. This Roman Catholic church was by far my top Montreal Attraction. From the outside, Notre-Dame is not that impressive but the interior is truly magnificent.
Mont Tremblant, Quebec
Mont Tremblant is a ski resort nestled within the Laurentian Mountains, northwest of Montreal. I only ever visit ski resorts during the winter skiing months and the experience of being in Mont Tremblant during Fall was a welcome change. The village has wonderful colourful architecture and the surrounding area is extremely picturesque.
Country Quebec In Fall
I almost missed the changing colours of Fall in Quebec, but was lucky enough to catch the first glimpses of orange, yellow and red. The following was taken close to Sainte-Anne-des-Monts in the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region in the far east of the province.
Perce Rock, Gaspe Peninsula, Quebec
Percé Rock is an impressive rock monolith in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence on the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec. It is one of the largest natural arches in the world.
Mont Tremblant National Park
Mont-Tremblant National Park is located north of the town of Mont-Tremblant. It is vast, covering an area of over one thousand five hundred square kilometres. The Park is renowned for its rolling hills, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. La Chute du Diable waterfall is one of the many natural attractions.
Lac Vaillant, Chute-Saint-Philippe, Quebec
Lac Vaillant is one of thousands of lakes in the Laurentides area of Quebec province. I was fortunate to spend almost a week exploring this magical area.
Lac Tremblant, Quebec
Lac Tremblant is a long narrow lake at the foot of Mont Tremblant. This pretty natural reservoir is only steps away from the ski village.
The Lakes Of Chute-Saint-Philippe, Quebec
The lakes of Chute Saint Philippe are a perfect place to get away for a romantic weekend away from bustling Montreal.