Day  5 and Day 6 - Métis-sur-Mer


Each town of any size we passed through had a church with two steeples. The exteriors varied, but the two steeples seemed to be standard.

Most of the towns had fairly narrow streets with the houses built close to the roadway.

Most of the day we drove in and out of light showers with very low hanging clouds. This was the first place we were able to pull off the road and look at the St. Laurence River. We could just barely see the other side.

It is a good thing our fellow travelers had stopped here or we would have missed this next stop.

It was the Musê Des Anciens Canadians. A museum of wood sculpture; and what a wonderful stop it was.

This wooden mural was our first indication of what was to come.

We stopped at the store and purchased tickets to go through the museum.

This chain and tackle was carved by Louis Gagnon from a single piece of basswood and was carved one link at a time.

This statue was full size and very lifelike.

This carving is about 24 inches wide. We watched a DVD that went through the entire process of creating this carving.  It was absolutely fascinating. We didn't think we could sit through a 20 minute show, but we could not tear ourselves away from it.

This amazing carving by Jean Leclerc depicts "The nativity of Christ, expressed during birth" interpretation by the artist.

These carvings are depicting magazine covers by Norman Rockwell and were very true to the original.

A closer view of one of the carvings.

This open vase with the characters inside was carved from one piece of wood.

This slightly larger than life statue of Hockey star Jean Béliveau uses a combination of wood and stainless steel.

The next stop was a combination of the museum honoring the dead from the sinking of the Empress of Ireland, the Pointe-au-Pere Lighthouse and the Canadian submarine the Rimouski. Note how the museum building is tipped to depict the steamship rolling over and sinking.

This is a model of the Empress of Ireland that sank in the Saint Lawrence river in May 1914 when it was rammed by another ship in the early morning. 1043 people lost their lives when the ship sank in 14 minutes.

The Pointe-au-Pere Lighthouse is a very impressive structure. Very unlike most lighthouses you see.

It is a very sturdy structure made of reinforced concrete.

Part of the admission was being allowed to walk to the top of the lighthouse for a guided tour of the mechanism and the Fresnell lens.

Here Susan inspects the Fresnell lens of the lighthouse. The signature of this light is a series of 4 flashes followed by 4 flashes.

The view from the lighthouse looking East toward the newer light tower that replaced this tower in the 1950's.

Looking down on the submarine from the lighthouse

A close up of the submarine.  They offered tours of the sub, be we did not go into it.

A wonderful sculpture outside the museum.

After ariving at our campground, there is normally a gathering to discuss the day's adventures.
After dinner 13 of us gathered at the rec hall for a couple of hot games of dominoes.

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Day 4 - Day 6

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