Thursday, 12 July 2012

Explore Day 12: Montcalm & Plains of Abraham

I signed up for a city tour led by two animateurs to Monteclam and the Plains of Abraham. We departed campus at 1:00pm and took the 800 bus to city centre.

We got off at Cartier then walked to a church on Grande Allée. The two animateurs explained to us that Quebec used to be a very religious place and that there were enough churches in the city that people could go to a different one everyday! That's quite an impressive number. In present day, Quebec is not as religious anymore and many abandoned churches become locations for rave parties!

We walked by the Quebec art museum on the way to Plains of Abraham. Many kids were having water fights which seemed very refreshing since it became really hot in the afternoon.

Musée des beaux-arts
There was a lot of green space with rolling hills of green grass. Across the river from where we stood at the Plains is the city Levis. Laura, one of the animateurs, gave us a little background history on the walls surrounding the city and the war on the Plains that lasted 30 minutes before the British won.

It seems like locals treat the Plains as a beach because when we were there we saw quite a few old men in their speedos lying down on their blankets suntanning in the grass, as if they were at a beach! I haven't seen that in a park back home before.

Also I was finally able to capture a picture of the ecolobus! They're very small and run on electricity. I've only seen them around downtown and this one was actually only carrying bags of salt instead of people like usual.

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