The visit to Niagara Falls was just amazing. The images can just transmit a little amount of how really impressive this phenomenon is…
This is a very cosmopolitan city where a lot of cultures and styles come together. In the financial district you can find for example buildings like the CN Tower, the Rogers Center and skyscrapers together with historical buildings. In other districts you find reproductions of other cultures like the chinese (Chinatown) and italian (Little Italy).
Toronto has also great beaches as Woodbine where Oscar and me could spend a nice morning enjoying Ontario’s lake cool water (12º C) and playing soccer with the friendly neighborhood.
Today I was at Mont-Tremblant, a very known ski-resort in the state of Quebec and national parc of Mont-Tremblant. But today the most important sport in this little town was probably another one; it was triathlon. The prestigious Ironman series was stopping at Mont-Tremblant. More than 2‘500 participants from 50 countries were here for the second edition. Those who achieved it at the end of the day, they would have swum 3.8 km on the lake Tremblant, biked 180 km and finally run 42.2 km.
Bike and running transition zone with first participants having arrived.
And now with almost participants having arrived.
It’s time to run now; or let’s call it a marathon…
Turn to the finish line…
And the finish line…
Obviously I didin’t see only ironmens that day, but also ironwomen.
During the day I took also the free shuttle to the Casino of Mont-Tremblant which is further above following the mountain and where I could enjoy a spectacular view of Mont-Tremblant and its surroundings.
Montreal is a chapter for itself. In this town I had the opportunity to meet and learn Felipe, a spanish young man who grew up in Canada. His amiableness is immense. I lived at his house for the entire period I was in Montreal and thanks to him I felt like at home from the very first moment. He is having friends at his house aaaall the time; he introduced me at least to 10 friends of him during the time I was there. He showed me also the city, especially during the night and gave me a lot of interesting inputs what to visit during the day. Thanks to him I became also a little fan of the ice hockey team „The Canadiens“. It was really entertaining listening to him talking about the Canadiens with that enthusiasm. I must admit that the stage in Montreal would have been much different if I did not meet Felipe.
The city itself is very easygoing. I don’t really know why but there are a looot of churches. I visited some of them because you find almost one at every third corner. Very impressive was the „Oratoire de Saint Joseph de Montréal“. It is the second biggest basilica after the one in Rome.
Very beautiful from inside were also the « Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal»
and « Cathédrale Marie-Reine-Du-Monde ».
As a big Formula 1 fan I visited also the “Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve”. The circuit is open all year round to public (for free) and a lot of cyclists go there to do sport and practice. I walked the entire track and enjoyed the atmosphere of being back to a Forumla 1 race track again.
Other points of interest to me were the Biodome and Planetarium,
Place des Arts
and old Montreal with the port installations on the side.
The way to Québec City was sometimes a lonely one, especially on the US side, where in between lumberjack towns like Rockwood and Jackman you could be completely alone on the road. On these roads you start to get a feeling of how big this country really is. On the Canada side it was not much different, like the picture below shows.
The passport control at the frontier was a very comfortable one. The officer was very cooperative and kind when answering to two questions of me.
In Québec City I had the opportunity to park my car at Katie and Ray’s house. I got in touch with them through Couchsurfing and they are two wonderful persons. They were very nice two me and helped me find comfortable in the city since the first moment. Thanks to them I went to a „Cirque du Soleil“ show for free and the performance was spectacular. That night I even had the opportunity to see a fireworks spectacle, which took place afterwards.
But I also enjoyed a lot the rest of the places I visited this weekend. Here some impressions…
Streets in Québec City
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
I spent my last 2 days switching between Lily Bay State Park at the Moosehead Lake and the town of Greenville, ME. Greenville is a little town of approx. 1‘600 people. It’s the kind of town you would never have in mind to visit but once you are there you feel very comfortable with. I would even admit that it is kind of a romantic place and looks a lot like the little towns you so often see in the American movies, for those who have never been to the US. The town is very small with almost only one crossroad, it has actually only one traffic light in the town center. Other than that you have a public library with free access to the internet, a very little museum telling the story about the town and its connection to the Moosehead Lake, a fuel station and some restaurants where you can look after a meal or a drink.
It is very calm here and because the weather has been rainy this 2 days I have spent a lot of time reading and writing in the public library. During the afternoon I go back to the Lily Bay State Park where I decided to park my van. For the rest of the day I have some walking along the Moosehead Lake watching out for some moose and having a great pasta prepared on my campfire. The area here seems to have remained untouched by human civilication. The forest keeps me surprised of how many different noises of animals or birds you can hear when you listen to it before going to sleep.
It’s already Saturday the 10th and it’s a great sunny day, though a little bit windy. I want just to post these early morning pictures and leave for my 3.5 hour trip to Quebec-City. Have a great weekend!