Day 59 – 6th September (Percé to Carleton-sur-Mer)

Another nice sunny start to the day.

We availed ourselves of the basic facilities within the room to make some toast and coffee. Jean also fried a large tomato which we’ve been carrying around since Mont Tremblant, I think….. 🙄

We then set off southwards on Route 132 again as it swung round the southern edge of the Gespésie peninsula. This map may help:

As you can see, we are close to the border with New Brunswick

We weren’t sorry to leave the Fleur de Lys – clean enough, but very basic, although we did have a queen bed each….. Still, I didn’t have to tip anybody for loading/unloading luggage!

I forgot to include this pic yesterday. The setting sun catching the coast of the Íle de Bonaventure

Another lovely drive ensued. I don’t think we lost sight of the sea for the whole journey. Very relaxed and comfortable once again.

Got to the Hostellerie de Baie Bleue, Carleton-sur-Mer in plenty of time, only to be told, unsurprisingly, that our room wasn’t ready. So we went for a walk along the seafront of this attractive little town.

Kayaking in flat calm
Backdrop to the town
View towards the jetty
Nice little marina
View back to the town from the jetty
Salt marsh
Reception area for our motel

The phone call came through from the hotel to tell us that our room was ready, so back we went in nice sunshine to check in. Room 147 – the significance will not be lost on snooker fans!

Small room this time – only one queen bed 🙄 but we are only here for one night, and it’s on the ground floor, facilitating luggage transfer from the car. Proper aircon, though, and everything seems to work thus far.

We’d booked a table in the pub/restaurant attached to this hotel for dinner. Duly turned up for a decent and relatively reasonably priced meal, and had a chat with the female half of a couple on the next table who detected we were Brits. She had Irish heritage, but had never been to Ireland or the UK. Her English was excellent, but he spoke virtually no English at all.

Thus passed a pleasant evening, with the prospect of another easy journey tomorrow, when we finally leave the province of Québec. The preponderance of the French language, both spoken and written, has been almost absolute. We await to see if this changes in New Brunswick, so check in tomorrow for a report on this, and other, very important issues, I’m sure.

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