Monthly Archives: November 2018

PEI

And, now, continuing our Canada Adventure, with only a slight delay based on house purchasing. After Quebec, we took a road trip all the way to Prince Edward Island. I think of our whole trip, this was probably the only mistake as it was around a 12 hour drive with touch and go snow and rain that had pretty much nothing on it. And 12 hours is more time than I want to spend driving in one go on holiday.

That being said, we also arrived a bit late in PEI for tourist season, so most things outside of Charlottetown were closed. But we stayed at an acceptable, if a bit poorly built, modern cabin and drove around the bucolic country side – which is what we wanted out of PEI in any case. So I rate it a 6 out of 10: PEI was fine.

Even though restaurants and cafes were not open, all of the parks were!

Even though restaurants and cafes were not open, all of the parks were!

And now the sea with Jasmine and me.

And now the sea with Jasmine and me.

Charlottetown, home of the commonwealth.

Charlottetown, home of the commonwealth.

This was a sweet hotel/B&B right next to the ocean on the North side of PEI. I want to stay here some day.

This was a sweet hotel/B&B right next to the ocean on the North side of PEI. I want to stay here some day.

The North Atlantic was very pretty if a bit on the frigid side.

The North Atlantic was very pretty if a bit on the frigid side.

Quebec City

Of course, while in the Provence of Quebec, we had to go to Quebec City. First off, it is extremely pretty in old town Quebec and inside the walled part of the city. We also had an awesome artist loft that we rented for a couple of days. But I think Quebec City wasn’t for us; it was very touristy and, other than walk around a square mile of city and look at old buildings, there wasn’t much to do. And we didn’t find any great restaurants or cafes – it was just mediocre tourist fare. The one time we branched outĀ of Old Quebec with a walk by the St. Lawrence and St. Charles river, we were rewarded by a nice coffee shop, which just goes to show what we want out of a vacation.

So Quebec gets a C: worth travelling to for a day from Montreal, but I don’t think I would go out of my way to get there again.

Obligatory Chateau Frontenac. Got to take a picture of the fancy Canadian railroad hotel.

Obligatory Chateau Frontenac. Got to take a picture of the fancy Canadian railroad hotel.

The best part of Quebec was how pleasant and walkable the streets were.

The best part of Quebec was how pleasant and walkable the streets were.

The weather was delightful the whole time we were in Quebec.

The weather was delightful the whole time we were in Quebec.

There is a couple small parks around Quebec City, so we went leaf peeping!

There are a couple small parks around Quebec City so we went leaf peeping!

Montreal!

Jasmine and I just got back from our larger vacation of the year: a trip out to eastern Canada! Jasmine had never been and I had only been to the Maritimes, not to Quebec Province. So in an attempt to remedy this, we flew out to Montreal and then drove from there to Quebec City, PEI, and Halifax before flying home. So prepare for slightly more pictures than usual.

I really liked Montreal; it wasn’t anything crazy or fancy, just it was a pleasant place to hang out. The very tasty pastry shop that we found by the B&B certainly didn’t hurt, though. Overall, I give it a B+, would be happy to visit again or even live there – though I would have to improve my impressively rusty french.

Indoor shopping mall, check! Fancy reflecting pools and marble statues, sure why not.

Indoor shopping mall? Check! Fancy reflecting pools and marble statues? Sure why not.

We took a trip out to the Botanical Gardens which were a little out of season,huge, and beautiful.

We took a trip out to the Botanical Gardens which were a little out of season, but still huge and beautiful.

At least the indoor of the Botanical Garden was still in bloom behind the waterfall.

At least the indoor portion of the Botanical Garden was still in bloom behind the waterfall.

Dark dinner = fancy dinner.

Dark dinner = fancy dinner.

The old city on the St. Lawrence has some very pretty river-walk sections.

The old city on the St. Lawrence has some very pretty river-walk sections.

Insert obligatory basilica picture here.

Insert obligatory basilica picture here.