An Afternoon near Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Quebec

Arriving just after 3:30pm, several locals in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Quebec were standing on this pier trying their luck at casting their fishing lines in the hopes of catching a trout, or maybe a perch, or whatever else might be biting in the Saint Lawerence river on this evening.

The breeze on the pier was just too much for us as our stomachs growled and forced us to seek cover for our dinner picnic meal.

Something like twelve-minutes down the road we pulled over into a park called Halte routiere along the river and next to Baie de Cap-Chat. We backed up the SUV unloaded our coolers and began pulling together our tapas dinner of mixed olives, sliced brie, gluten-free crackers and sliced salami, mandarin oranges and apples. We tucked into our fine dining, talking about the view and our drive thus far. We talked about how long we should stay on the road before pulling over to kick-about a town to grab some R&R. Except neither of us knew where we were? Other than Quebec along the Saint Lawerence.

After our delicious dinner, the wife wandered off for a stretch and some alone time and so did I, which is when I spotted this sculpture (above). It reminded me of the old man of wisdom mask I had purchased on my travels in Vietnam. Only speculation would provide the reason for this river log carving before me. Each time I stepped right a couple paces the face, colours and composition changed.

With us both feeling refreshed we hopped into the SUV and started driving Southwest through the town of Cap-Chat. Up on the hill, I spotted a set of wind turbines. You know those giant white three-prop devices which converts wind into kinetic energy and it gets turned into electrical energy.

Then amongst them was this strange other white object. And this was something I was definitely not going to drive by. We found the right road and spotted the signage:

Visit the world’s tallest vertical axis wind turbine!

Éole Cap Chat stands tall at 120-metres and you can pay $15 as an adult to climb the centre of it to one of three observation decks and check out the surrounding turbines, countryside and of course the Saint Lawerence river. Check the website above, because their hours of operation are different depending on time of year.

Unfortunately, the Eole was closed and the sun was beginning to fall towards the horizon line. We still did not know where we would end up? Thus I began the search for possible hotels, while gazing at the Saint Lawerence change colours from a deep blue-black to a crystal torquise-green and amaze us with shimmering yellows, reds, pinks and golds the further the sun dipped into the west.