Captains Log – June 16 2016

Stardate:

Air Temp: 13c

Water Temp: 55.9f

Wind: 8kn  N

Clear skies

Departed Tadoussac at 8:15am

Today is the first time we planned to go off course.  We planned to “not” head east.  Today we took a side trip.

Up the Saguenay River/ Fjord
Up the Saguenay River/ Fjord

We wanted to see the Saguenay Fjord and look for whales. So when the tides were right, we left the dock and started upstream on the Saguenay River. The fjord was created during the last ice age. It is easy to navigate because the water depths are nearly as deep as the mountains are high.  You can actually crawl along the river, right next to the cliffs without fear of grounding in most places because the mountains just continue down below the water. (We didn’t do this, but theoretically you could).

This trip was BEAUTIFUL. We didn’t see any whales, but the views made up for it. The trees created art in the slopes of the mountains with the different colouring of the variety of trees. The waterfalls we awesome, and the cliffs of rock with crevasses and caves were so cool. It was like our own private escape as I think we only saw two boats all day.

Up the Saguenay River/ Fjord
Up the Saguenay River/ Fjord

I had read about a statue that had been put at the Baie Eternité by a Quebec business man who had survived going through the ice here in the 1800’s. I had also read that this bay is one of the most beautiful in the fjord.  So our planned destination was Baie Eternité.  It is a Quebec Parc so it is protected and has some amazing trails.

Once we arrived we went to shore to get the lay of the land. Being a park you self-serve pay, so once that was taken care of, we set out to explore.

All of us in Trails in Baie Eternite
All of us in Trails in Baie Eternite

After a temporary panic attack where I thought we lost Spencer and Kylie, we started on a trail to the statue. This lasted a whole 1 km until the whining from the children about did me in and we relented and went back to the boat!  A quiet night on board without power so we read a bit then to bed!!!

Little park just past where we turned around on trail. kids missed it...due to whining.
Little park just past where we turned around on trail. kids missed it…due to whining.

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Author: Doug Law

A technology professional currently taking a three month sabbatical, doing the Down East Loop, aboard a 36 foot Express Cruiser, with his family.

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