Not a half an hour outside of St. Hyacinthe the "moose" signs started appearing. Moose signs everywhere, did I see a moose, nope, only on all the warning signs, which are all totally in French. Sorry pet peeve of mine. Signs especially danger signs should be in both official languages. OK rant is finished. One thing Quebec has done right are their rest stops, they are like every 5 to 10 miles and very clean and right off the road. There were also lots of sightseeing stops. I did manage to get Jim to stop at a couple of them.
First stop was Riviere du Loup, where we had a lovely picnic lunch down by the harbour. A walk along the pier and we were off again, after a quick change. The wind blew in and the shorts were packed away.
That big red building is a Santa's Village.
All along the highway were beautiful large produce and animal farms and on the hills were windmill farms.
Matane is a lovely little village on the St. Lawrence River. It has turned out to be quite rough and windy today but a great beach for collecting rocks and especially driftwood. We stayed at the Hotel MotelBelle Plage. The hotel is a typical seaside hotel. Lovely comfy king size bed with a couch and a long veranda servicing about 10 rooms looking over the St. Lawrence and the pier. What an amazing bonus to find they had a 5 star restaurant right on sight. Open a beer on the porch and then we just walked to dinner. Fresh crab and shrimp and an amazing beef tenderloin with a sauce only the French can make. Be sure to ask for the package as it includes room, dinner and buffet breakfast.
The next morning a quick breakky at the hotel restaurant and we are off on the coastal road around the Gaspe.