Summer 2011 - A Short Term Getaway travel blog

Shooting across the St. Lawrence

Montreal from Mount Royal

Montreal Tower from Mount Royal

Closer Look

Lake Castor

Arnie Finds a Friend

Photo with the Friend

Sculpture?

Camping Alouette Shrubbery


Au revoir Canada! This morning we crossed the border into the United States without difficulty.

For our last day yesterday we took Arnie for a look at Montreal. We decided to drive west along the south shore of the St. Lawrence (with Sue snapping some photos across the river) to the far side of Montreal and then crossed the river and wound our way to Mount Royal Park.

We did some walking through the woods at Summit Park and then headed to the area of Lake Castor with its smooth trails and wide expanse of green. The three of us had a nice walk around the area including meeting a couple of folks along the way.

We packed up this morning and said goodbye to Camping Alouette and its manicured shrubbery. A few miles south on interstate 15 and we were back in the U.S.

I have a few reflections after this latest visit to Canada. There were a couple of negatives with camping, eating and sightseeing costs being greater than in the United States and the Quebec negative attitude toward Arnie. But the societal aspects of Canada again were impressive.

We saw a great deal of Montreal and failed to find any slum areas similar to most large U.S. cities. We found that their economy, in terms of unemployment, was doing much better than ours. We already knew that health care was provided universally and this time we learned, from a discussion with a couple of young women working in the campground office, that their university tuition was $1500 per year. So now we know that college education is also a universal opportunity in Canada. I like the way these folks do business!

But now it is time to head toward Florida. So, we are planning a week in upstate New York, a visit to relatives in PA, and then a free stay at a campground in South Carolina, before a return to Tampa on the 19th.

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