We were ‘agog’ in Magog, spending the day touring the town on our bicycles. The waterfront here is beautifully developed and animated by the colourful spectacle of sail boarders and kite surfers.
“Est-ce q' il y a un autre Canadian Tire ici en Riviere Du Loup, avec un “gas bar”?
Wouldn’t a congregational exchange between Ontario and Quebec be a worthy venture?
Saturday up at Mt. Orford Provincial Park provided more hiking and bicycling opportunities. While there, we dared ourselves to swim amidst the floating maple leaves at Lac Stukely on the first day of autumn. Cold? How about bracingly exhilarating!
Sunday morning at 10 AM while joining Parkminster in Spirit, a trail led us into a natural cathedral. We were encircled by a congregation of pines and ripening maples; the baptismal font of ‘Fer-de-Lance’ lay before us; the awesome presence of Mt.Orford lended an exalted presence, the radiant sunlight in this windless sanctuary warmed us, while we shared muffins and apples with a chipmunk at the Look Out ‘communion rail’. Circle this place on your maps.
The next two days we followed the historic trail of the St.Lawerence River eastward - with mountains in the distance across the water and a slew of church spires marking the nestling presence of towns.
Here is Elizabeth with the blacksmith, "Clermont Guay".
We thank you, Quebec, for sights and sounds and flavours to be long savoured .. and for the wonderful variety of people we encountered of all ages. Amazing how two such distinct cultures continue to share a Canadian identity. “God keep our land, glorious and free …”