Monday, July 22, 2013

Fun at the Cottage

July 12-14, 2013

It was a perfect weekend for cottage life - swimming, fishing, ice cream making, frog hunting, kayaking, boating and cooking hot dogs over the fire.


Monday, July 15, 2013

More Exploration in Quebec City

Tuesday, July 8, 2013

After our usual hearty breakfast, we decided to explore the St-Laurent waterfront before boarding our VIA train after lunch. Loaded with backpacks – Sam was wearing his new train backpack – we set out.

Kirk surprised us by renting a bicycle built for two. Both he and Samuel had a super time wheeling along the bike path.

Everyone met up at the VIA station.

Another pleasant train trip to Montreal and then to Ottawa. Sam enjoyed listening for the train whistle and then looking for the “road” and the flashing barrier.

We arrived home and thanked Uncle Craig for inspiring our family excursion to Quebec City.


Day of Adventure in Quebec City

Monday, July 8, 2013

We happily started our big day in Quebec City with coffee and some snacks in our gite kitchen. Then the Bowman clan hiked to Hotel Ste-Anne for an amazing BIG breakfast.

Papa and Maman had decided to take a trip to the aquarium. Grandpa joined them. Papa decided the best way to get there was a half hour trip on the bus. He checked out the schedule and off they went. The aquarium is beside our train bridge to Levis.

Highlights of the aquarium visit:

 ü      seals
ü      polar bears
ü      snowy owl
ü      walrus show
ü      sharks in big Awesome Ocean tank – tunnel fish overhead
ü      Awesome Ocean – snakes, blue frog
ü      pond walk
ü      playground
ü      ice cream!
ü      pavilion –jelly fish, sea horses and sting rays – Sam touched a sting ray!

Back together on the bus…

There was still time to join the other Bowmans (they had been exploring historical sites) for a hike around town, a birthday dinner together at Hotel Ste-Anne (had a children’s menu), a walk past some artisan stalls and finally, a birthday cake to celebrate with Uncle Craig.

A great day for everyone!