Why our idea of a Winter in Canadas wilderness did not come true and how we came to a decision about that - as well as the report about our journey from Québec to Montréal: A recommendation for cycling trips in Winter - more sun than imagined, calm, clear, meditative and romantic.
A few photos and words about our time from October 22nd to November 3rd 2018 in the capital of Québec, the centre of the French-Candian language usage - also readable as a travel guide. Tips for the walk through the historic town centre, for exploring the sorrundings and the visit of a really good spa. We also give away the name of our favorite café, the restaurant where you can indulge in vegan Poutine and the places from which you have the most beautiful views of the City.
Week 5 in Canada (3rd week of October 2018) & days 16 - 20 on the bicycles brought us the first snow. Surprisingly that was not a problem - more problematic were the extreme head winds, rain and the coldness. However there were also positive surprises on these 320 km: well signed cycling paths which sheltered us from he winds, beautiful nature, a last lighting up of the colored leaves, breathtaking views across wild water and sunsets between stormy clouds. Welcome to the Canadian Autumn!
After our 3 nights (and 2 full, sunny days!) long recovery in our comfy AirBnB in Fredericton our journey continued on October 10th, 2018 further towards Edmundston and by that towards the boarder between New Brunswick and Quebec. However, for now still 5 sections on the bicycles lay between us and Edmundston. These sections were all going north, along the US American boarder and by that following the Saint John River upstream - and all this by now seriously cold, wet and grey autumn weather...
In our second week on the bicycles we had overcome the growing pains. By now riding the fully loaded bikes felt normal for us and we were able to enjoy the calm section. On our way west from Memramcook through Moncton to Fredericton the weather gods felt sympathetic towards us and we enjoyed warm temperatures and many hours of sunshine in t-shirt and shorts. Golden October, brilliantly colorful forests, blue sky and lonely roads - what more can one wish for?
On Sunday September 23rd, 2018 finally the time had come There were no more excuses left to enjoy the comfort of the city any longer. Our bikes were ready, waiting for us in the basement of Cyclesmith... While I was clipping on the panniers onto our bikes for the first time ever, the ironic question of one of the staff at Cyclesmith echoed through my head: „You do know how to ride a bike?"
Besides from the small booking mistake, Halifax primarily greeted us with a splendid amount of sun and warm air from the sea. When leaving the plain both Kira and I were wondering if we - regarding the weather - had landed in the right country. While at home we had been worrying wether or not our sleeping bags would be warm enough, we had to take off our sweaters as soon as we entered Canada. Luckily we weren’t the only ones amazed by the temperatures: ...
We are sitting in the shade in front of the hostel „Halifax Backpackers“ and are enjoying our tea from the Café and this moment of just being here: the weather (blue sky, sun, 22 degrees Celsius in the shade), the conversations of the other guests and the view - the colorful house across the street, the overhead power cables you would never see in Germany and just the busy street itself. We are here. From Göttingen Main Station, Germany to Gottingen Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada...
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