Tuesday 30 July 2013

Louis Jolliet Boat Tour, Quebec City, QC

Gord and I love boat cruises and did the 2pm boat tour on the Louis Jolliet, which docked on the St. Lawrence River at Quartier Petit Champlain.

It's 1.5 hours and goes around a bit on the River.  It's about $40 each but if you have a CAA/AAA card, there's $7 off.

Gord and I went right to the top!

Our guide gave us info in French, then English.

We started by heading southwest ... boy, was it windy!  Chairs went flying backwards and we had to hang onto our bags.  We couldn't hear the guide when we headed southwest.

Then we turned around and headed northeast and the wind died down.

Looking back at Quebec City
Looking back at Quebec City
We had some crazy clouds!

We turned around just before the bridge and went by Montmorency Falls, which are about 12km from Quebec City.

The falls, at 84 meters (275 ft) high and 46 meters (150 ft) wide, are the highest in the province of Quebec and 30 meters (98 ft) higher than Niagara Falls. The basin at the foot of the falls is 17 meters (56 ft) deep. The falls are at the mouth of the Montmorency River where it drops over the cliff shore into the Saint Lawrence River, opposite the western end of the Île d'Orleans. The falls were given this name in 1613 by Samuel de Champlain. He named them in honour of Henri II, duc de Montmorency, who served as viceroy of New France from 1620 until 1625.

There are staircases that allow visitors to view the falls from several different perspectives. A suspension bridge over the crest of the falls provides access to both sides of the park as well as a spectacular view. There is also an aerial tram (Funitel) that carries passengers between the base and the top of the falls.

Then we turned again and started heading southwest, back towards Quebec City ... and the wind picked up again.

Cruise ships dock here
We were on the hill to the left yesterday

It was a fun cruise!


Knit and Purl Mama said...

Very cool. I love boat rides too.

Teresa said...

Looks like fun! It's always a bit breezy on the water, thankfully the water was calm.