The weather has gone from minus 10 and storms to sunshine and plus 17 this weekend, so today, as they said it was going to get upwards of 20 degrees, I grabbed my camera and went for a walk in out local park. The Bois de Coulonge, which roughly translates as the Coulonge woods! It’s literally ten minutes around the corner from where I live, and with the sun beckoning me outside, I went out in search of flowers. Well, I didn’t find many flowers but I did find the lodge (home) of the exceedingly rare lesser brown ground beaver. Alas, there was no sighting of the very shy creature, itself. But then, that’s only to be expected.
Well, it might already be spring elsewhere around the world, but here in Québec City, we’re still lingering in winter. There’s still some snow on the ground, the temp is hovering around 4 degrees—going up from minus 4 first thing this morning. And flower that everyone else saw in February or March are only now just poking their head up above ground. It’s been a long hard winter up here, in the Frozen North. And the Jardin Botanique Roger-Van den Hende, at the University Laval, look a bit bleak. But I’m sure, in a matter of days, with some warm sunshine, it will all change. And everything will turn green again. Click on the images to see the full-size photos.
We finally got out to take our long awaited walk in the Old Quarter, down by the marina, ending at the Food Market. Specifically to check out the Maple Sugar products and found … a sugar shack inside too! While we stocked up on maple syrup produces for friends and family, we learnt that the old market will be closing June 2. A new and improved version is opening way across town, at the Le Grand Marché! It looks stunning and I can’t wait to check it out in June. LE GRAND MARCHÉ Opening JUNE 14-16 HOURS Monday to Friday: from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Le Grand Marché de Québec 250, boulevard Wilfrid-Hamel
If tea is your thing then the Festival du thé de Québec, 3ème édition, or the 3rd edition of the Québec festival of tea takes place this Easter Weekend, at the Palais Moncalm. The expo will have tastings, lectures and discussions and so much more. Dates & Times April 19: 17h – 21h April 20: 9h – 17h Admission: $20 – $75
Quebeckers love their maple syrup and syrup production has been in full swing for the last few weeks. With Sugar Shacks treating tourists and locals alike, to that sweet, sticky liquid gold, in all its forms; pouring it onto crushed ice to set, and twirled onto a lolly stick as maple taffy. Did you know, it takes about 40 gallons of sap to make a single gallon of maple syrup. Fun facts about Maple Syrup: The colour of maple syrup depends on a number of factors, including the age of the tree, the amount of sugar present, the soil, and the time in the season. During tapping season you will see spouts sticking out the side of a tree, which allows the sap to drip into a waiting bucket. Tree sap runs up the length of a tree. Not every tree can be tapped as they need to be at least 100 years old for sap production to start. A 100 year old tree is about 12 inches in diameter. Québec has about 34 million …