Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

The ferry just before we boarded.

Another guy waiting for the ferry had this moose in the back...

Hope he gets this meat out of the sun before too long.

Leaving the wharf at Riviere-du-Loup.

Approaching St-Simeon.

View of Baie-St-Paul.


Harvesting wheat at one of the farms along Hwy 170.


Today's "color" photo.

(Ron Writing) It was a cool sunny morning as we set out on today’s adventure. We drove over to the ferry wharf in Riviere-du-Loup and got in line for the noon ferry across the St. Lawrence to St-Simeon, QC. It was very windy while we were waiting to board the ferry and the water looked very rough. But, once we got out away from shore there seemed to be less wind and the ferry rode very smoothly. We also had WiFi on the ferry so we could keep busy updating our travel journal and reading email. The crossing took just 65 minutes.

From St-Simeon we drove southwest along the St. Lawrence on Highway 138 to La Malbaie and then southeast on scenic River Route 362 to Baie-St-Paul. This is a very mountainous route with nice views of the river and the small towns along the coast. We find that many roads in this part of Canada are built with very steep grades. It seems that in general they route the road straight up the side of a hill or mountain rather than use switchbacks with a reduced grade as is common in the US. Today we encountered several hills with over 10% grade and one that was 18% for 2 kilometers. That’s a bit steep especially when pulling a trailer!

We drove through Baie-St-Paul, a picturesque town with very narrow streets lined with restaurants, art studios, and other tourist traps. We then returned to St-Simeon taking highway 138 all the way and avoiding some of the worst of those steep grades on highway 362.

Back in St-Simeon we headed northwest on highway 170. This scenic route runs parallel to the Saguenay River. It’s a scenic mountainous route that is mostly heavily forested but there are some open meadows where there are farms and there are several small towns along the way. The river itself is never in sight from the road since it’s a little to the east and down in a deep gorge. The section of the river between where it empties into the St. Lawrence north to Chicoutimi is actually a fjord that is navigable by large ships. Once we got to La Baie we saw large freighters in the seaport there. There is a large aluminum ore facility in La Baie as well as lumber mills.

Just a little northwest of La Baie is Chicoutimi where we are spending the night parked at Wal*Mart.

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