Adventures of Adirondack

Adventures of Adirondack

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Strawberry Fields (Not) Forever and A Whale of a Day

We found the market just across the marina in Quebec City and strawberries are in season - so we had strawberries for breakfast and dessert, along with croissants and chocolate bread from the market. A very yummy find.
After a final dinner on Odyssey, we said good-bye to Greg and Sally as they started back up the St Lawrence River to cruise the Rideau Canal and head back to Michigan. It was sad to see them head out of the Quebec City marina - we hope to find a place to cruise together again in the future.

We left Quebec City on the falling tide and headed to Cap-a-L'Aigle, a pretty town on the north shore of the seaway. We had a good walk around the town the next day, waited out a thunder storm in the harbor and then again caught the tide to head to Tadoussac at the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord.

The area is known for the large number of whales that congregate at the mouth of the river. As we got closer, another boat told us they had seen a pod of belugas. Soon afterward we could see the white specks of belugas and were excited to see just that, but then a group of five beluga whales, four adults and a baby, came right to the boat. We turned off the motor and for half an hour the whales swam around and under the boat! It was magical.

Today, we headed up the Saguenay to L'Anse-Saint-Jean. The water is so deep the depth sounders just went blank. The water is as deep as the sides are tall and is 180 meters deeper than the seaway. We arrived in time for a good walk and stop at the bakery. Tomorrow we'll continue on farther up the Saguenay to explore. Sally

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