We spent the night at Claudette’s house which was right on the water in St-Fabien-Sur-Mer. From our bedroom, we could hear the sound of the waves washing up on shore. How soothing and relaxing. We slept like babies.
For breakfast we had toast with freshly made maple spread, cheese from Rimouski, fruits and a cup of the strongest coffee I have had in a long time. Pumped up on caffeine, we were ready to explore Bas-Sainte-Laurent.
We reached Pointe-au-Père in no time. As you first enter the site, Parc du Millénaire is on your right hand side. In the middle of the park is a statue called l’Abre du Millénaire which represents “Vision du passé du présent et du futur”.
The rocky shoreline extends out quite far during low tide.
Following the road towards the water, we arrived at Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse National Historic Site.
The Pointe-au-Père lighthouse was built in 1909 and played a central role in the history of navigation on the St-Lawrence. It is one of the tallest lighthouse in Canada.
On the other side of the lighthouse is the Maritime Historical Site and home of the Onondaga submarine.
HMCS Onondaga (S73) is an Oberon-class submarine that served in the Royal Canadian Navy and later the Canadian Forces. Built in the mid-1960s, Onondaga operated primarily with the Maritime Forces Atlantic until her decommissioning in 2000 as the last Canadian Oberon.
Several plans for the disposal of the submarine were made and cancelled before the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père in Rimouski purchased the boat for preservation as a museum vessel. The submarine was moved into location during 2008, and is open to the public.
This summer the front end of the submarine received it’s colourful markings.
On the Route des Navigateurs, we saw several wooden statues. There was a festival in 2009 called Les Sculpturales. Artists from all over Canada participated.
One of the most picturesque bays along the St-Lawrence is found in Sainte-Luce. The multi coloured buildings glow in the distance making this town seem lively on a cloudy day.
As we approached Sainte-Flavie, I spotted some scuba divers – they looked like fish out of water!
Across the street from the “cantine” were two scarecrows on the edge of a beautiful canola field.
Our main destination of the day was to visit the Centre d’art Marcel Gagnon in Sainte-Flavie before turning around and heading back towards Quebec City.
I found this information about Marcel Gagnon from his website.
«Le Grand Rassemblement» est une œuvre d’art-nature unique au monde en continuelle transformation. Réalisée en plusieurs volets par son concepteur Marcel Gagnon, il veut ainsi trouver son propre style. C’est en commençant par peindre ces personnages qu’il décide de leur donner forme en les sculptant. Inspiré du mouvement de la mer et de ses marées, il intègre son oeuvre dans les eaux du fleuve Saint-Laurent.
En 1986, l’artiste crée plus de 80 sculptures grandeur nature, en béton armé et qui pèsent plus de 685 kg chacune. En 2003, il augmente le nombre de statues à plus d’une centaine. Ces personnages qui sortent de la mer, semblent se donner rendez-vous tout près d’un personnage central, en bordure du fleuve, trônant sur une demi-sphère terrestre et qui prend place au bout du stationnement du Centre d’Art.
Most of the figures are made out of cement, others out of wood. Johanne is doing her best “Vana White” impression.
We will have to plan our next visit to Marcel Gagnon’s “Le Grand Rassemblement” during high tide.
Just past Saint-Fabien was a long stretch of bright yellow canola fields.
The best thing about a road trip is being able to stop along the way and check out the scenery. Located in Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies was the most unique art gallery I had ever seen called Folgalerie-Jardinfou.
They create unique pieces of art from old appliances.
This was my favourite – a crib mounted up high with a sign that reads “Les enfants bien élevés”. Very clever!!
Just admiring some of the pieces will bring some of you back in time. I used to have the same Apple computer sitting in the tree.
It’s worth a visit and a “OMG” if ever you find yourself in the neighbourhood.
We pulled into Montmagny around 7:30pm and settled into Motel Sympatique for the evening. Its was $110.00 for a room with two queen size beds. It was clean but the air freshener that was used to mask the smell of stale smoke was a little off putting. It was for 1 night only so we made due.
Up early, we headed directly to Sutton with a quick stop in Lévis for a picture of Le Chateau Frontenac in Old Quebec.
Tomorrow we will visit Bleu Lavande.