Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Driving to La Baie

Our flight home wasn't for another couple of days so we decided to spend a night slightly further North beyond the mountains in the Saguenay region. We found a hotel just outside the town of La Baie which was on the banks of the Saguenay Fjord.

Our route was to take us North East along the St Lawrence River, cross the mouth of the Saguenay River to the town of Tadoussac and then head North West to La Baie through the Parc du Saguenay.

As we're leaving La Malbaie we decided to photograph the traffic lights. These peculiar horizontal traffic lights were throughout Quebec City and subsequently the province beyond. However, traditional vertical lights were in Montreal. I have 'Googled' to find out why they have horizontal lights, without success although I have also established that large parts of Texas, New Mexico and Illinois at least do the same thing. Still no sensible explanation why.....

On the road heading towards Tadoussac. A few road trip view pics....

We reached the mouth of the Saguenay River and discovered that they hadn't got around to building the bridge yet, so we had to wait in line for the ferry. In all fairness the ferry is free and runs every 30 mins or so but this was still something of a surprise given that our roadmap indicated there was a bridge across.

This is a view across the river to Tadoussac as the ferry departed.

Looking down to the mouth of the Saguenay River as it opens into the St Lawrence River.

There are two ferrys which alternate, this is the other one coming across at the same time.

The Tadoussac headland

Looking North up the Saguenay River

More views from the boat.

Once we had passed through Tadoussac we turned North West onto Highway 172. This road passed through the Parc du Saguenay and provided some good countryside views.

We passed through a number of small villages.

This was the edge of the village of Saint Felix d'Otis. It was a small rural community

Views over Lac Otis

La Baie is one of three towns that have effectively joined and become known collectively as Saguenay. The other two towns are Jonquiere and Chicoutimi.

This is the bridge across the Saguenay River in Chicoutimi

More views of Chicoutimi across the River

Chicoutimi Cathedral

These are the views of the Saguenay River close to our hotel. Well, actually it's the Saguenay Fjord and technically I'm sure it does classify as a fjord although we are somewhat spoilt with more dramatic fjords in British Columbia.
It was hard to imagine during our visit, but this river freezes completely in the winter and there were photos of it covered in snow & ice.

Our hotel was the Auberge des Battures and was OK, nothing too exciting to report.

Except once again the room had a GREAT view !

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