Up at 5:30 am on Saturday, August 30, we set out on our Comfort Bus Tours to Montreal. It was going to be a long day. I took a good book with me, and had a sleep on the journey to Montreal, which all helped make the journey quite pleasant.
At 6:30 pm, we arrived at the hotel on the rue de la Montange. After dinner at the hotel, John and I went for a stroll along the Rue Sainte-Catherine. Enjoying the atmosphere, we gained a feeling for the action, before deciding to return to the comfortable bed at the hotel. We slept soundly.
|Quebec Parliament Building|
At 11:00 am, our Quebec City guide arrived. We saw Quebec City Town Hall and the Quebec Parliament Buildings, with its facade presenting the history of Quebec. Then on to the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Quebec (1674). Of course, we toured around Battlefield Park and the Plains of Abraham, site of the decisive battle between the French and the English (1759). We were intrigued to see that nowadays the battlefield is used for sports: rugby and soccer, and a running track.
At 8:00 pm, we arrived back at our hotel in Montreal. We had dinner again at the hotel, and retired to bed to sleep soundly in preparation for our last day of the tour.
Ganaoque Boat Line, around the area. The most striking thing left in my memory is the picture of the Boltd Castle rising as if directly out of the water. Begun by George Boltd, general manager of the Wardolf-Astoria Hotel in New York City in 1900, it was restored in 1977. It is possible to visit it, but obviously we didn't have time to do so. Holiday cottages are dotted around on the many islands, and I enjoyed getting the "feel" of this lovely area.
At 4:30 pm, we left for Toronto. We arrived back in Toronto around 7:30 pm and home by 8:30 pm. We both were tired but exhilarated. We had thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, and the 1000 Island area. It was fun to renew our memories of these beautiful cities.