Saint-Esprit, Québec

August 20, 2019

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After stopping in Saint-Jacques to see the church I decided to make a slight alteration to my route.  I wasn’t making very good time on Route 158 and decided to make a right turn on Route 125 and start driving northwest towards Parc National du Mont Tremblant.

Shortly after getting on Route 125 I noticed a low-flying aircraft.  I turned around to go back and see it if had landed in a nearby field and this is what I found.  Welcome to Parachute Montréal!

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These are photos which were on the outside of the building:

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I went inside to ask if I could walk around the outside of the facility.  I was told that so long as I followed the directions on signs stating where I could NOT go, that was fine.  It turns out that I didn’t have to go very far away from the building.  Once I was back outside I saw a few people looking up and realized that the airplane I had seen was taking off, not landing and the action was just about to begin.

I sat on the steps of the outside deck, leaned back and spent the next few minutes looking up and snapping photos:

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About a dozen parachutes appeared in the sky – some carrying single parachutists and some carrying tandem groups of experienced parachutists with people “along for the ride”.

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After everyone was safely on the ground and accounted for the plane which had carried them aloft landed and taxied to a point near where I had parked:

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This would be the first of two surprises I would experience today, both the result of last minutes changes in direction of travel.

Saint-Jacques, Québec

August 20, 2019

Tuesday would be my last day in Québec province and after leaving Trois-Rivières I decided to take a series of small scenic roads towards my original mid-day destination.

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As I approached the little town of Saint-Jacques I noticed a massive church off in the distance to my left reflecting the bright morning sun off it’s roof.  I decided to stop in town to check it out.

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The photo above is what I had seen from a distance.  It is actually the BACK of the church.

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