Jack’s Walk

Highway 401, looking east from Woodstock, ©voyager, all rights reserved

Jack’s Walk is on the road today. We’ll be traveling down Canada’s busiest (and most boring) highway the 401 all the way to its eastern end in Montreal. It’s about an 8 hour drive for us once we add in about 4 or 5 stops for Jack (and us) to get out and stretch.  We’ll be staying in a place called Pointe Claire, which is on the west end of the island of Montreal, where Mr. voyager’s mom lives. We’ll stay a few days to visit with family and friends and then we’ll hit the road again, this time along with my mother-in-law and brother-in-law, for a much longer drive (about 1000 km) all the way to the Gaspe Peninsula.

This is an annual trek for us. In a little village at the very tip of the Gaspe Peninsula is a place called Perce where my husband’s mother has a second home. It’s a very special place. It lies nestled at the base of the Chic Choc mountains in a small valley on the edge of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It’s full of  colour and charm and I can’t wait to show it to you. It’s a well-known vacation spot because of the Perce Rock which lies just off it’s coast. It’s a stunner! It also has the world’s largest colony of gannets on Bonaventure Island which is also just off the coast.

But I’m skipping ahead. The next week or so is all about getting there. Jack’s Walk will still be here daily, but the timing will probably be wonkier than usual. My mother-in-law doesn’t have internet (she’s 92, although you’d never know it!) so I’ll be posting from the Tim Hortons down the road. Same thing once we get to Perce…no internet for the first few days, but one or two of the local motels has accessible wi-fi so we’ll get here somehow.

See you soon from la belle province, Quebec.


  1. kestrel says

    So cool, have a safe trip! It sounds like we’ll be exploring some really gorgeous territory. I hope we can see the gannets, such lovely birds!

  2. Ice Swimmer says

    Have a nice trip.

    I like the name Chic Choc for some reason. I’m looking forward to seeing the scenery and wildlife.

  3. Nightjar says

    Perce sounds like a lovely place, I’m looking forward to it. Wish you all a safe trip.

  4. rq says

    Safe travels and beautiful sights! The 401maybe not so much, but the rest of your trip -- Montreal is lovely, and the Gaspe Peninsula for sure!!
    (I think the 401 is my least favourite 400-series highway, but that could be because of Toronto traffic… The 417, now…)

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