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Grands-Jardins National Park

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In the early 20th century, this area was already known for its incredible fishing opportunities. Visitors were struck by the carpets of ground lichen and the exceptional Arctic vegetation at this latitude. They thus named it the Grands-Jardins-the Great Gardens. Today, Parc national des Grands-Jardins is still visited by anglers and also by hikers, campers, and vacationers. It has the privilege of forming one of the core zones of the Charlevoix World Biosphere Reserve, a status granted to the region by UNESCO.

Charlevoix, Québec, Canada.

Ref. Sepaq : http://www.sepaq.com/pq/grj/index.dot?language_id=1

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Panorama's in de omgeving van Province du Quebec

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A: Musée René RIchard, Baie St-Paul, Québec, Canada

door Vincent Royer, 25.3 hier vandaan

Painter René Richard Gallery

Musée René RIchard, Baie St-Paul, Québec, Canada

B: Port of Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive

door Pierre-André Bergeron, 30.0 hier vandaan

Port of Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive

C: Img 7042 Img 7045 3

door Pierre-André Bergeron, 31.2 hier vandaan

Img 7042 Img 7045 3

D: Port Iles Aux Coudres 2

door Pierre-André Bergeron, 31.3 hier vandaan

Port Iles Aux Coudres 2

E: Port Iles Aux Coudres

door Pierre-André Bergeron, 31.3 hier vandaan

Port Iles Aux Coudres

F: Jacques Cartier Park

door Pierre-André Bergeron, 31.5 hier vandaan

Jacques Cartier Park

G: La Madone standing in the midle of the St-Laurent river

door Pierre-André Bergeron, 34.3 hier vandaan

La Madone standing in the midle of the St-Laurent river

H: Hotel Cap Aux Pierres

door Pierre-André Bergeron, 34.6 hier vandaan

Hotel Cap Aux Pierres

I: Playa Industriel

door Pierre-André Bergeron, 34.6 hier vandaan

Playa Industriel

J: Plage Cap Aux Pierres

door Pierre-André Bergeron, 34.7 hier vandaan

Plage Cap Aux Pierres

Dit panorama is genomen in Province du Quebec, Quebec

Dit is een overzicht van Quebec

Quebec is the largest province in Canada and the only one with French as its official language. It takes its name from an Algonquin word meaning "narrows" where the St. Lawrence River cuts deeply through rock cliffs.

Quebec has strong nationalistic feelings about its identity within Canada and has almost seceded twice (in fact, Quebec has held two referendums in order to seperate but it was not THAT successful.. though in 1996 it was really close...). It recently (as of 2006) acquired symbolic status as a Quebecois nation within Canada.

Quebec was founded in 1763 when France signed Canada over to Britain; the ceremonial head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, and the country's government functions as a parliamentary democracy.

That being said, we are free to talk about poutine.

Poutine is an amazing gastronomic assault weapon invented by a truck driver in 1957. If the Abominable Snowman could be a food, it would be poutine. Poutine is the heavy artillery of the food domain.

Like the foundation to the house, the hull to the ship, like a Red Cross blood drive to Count Dracula, is poutine to Canadians.

Now let me stop here to tell you: this is not the only amazing food combination that a truck driver has come up with. In Pittsburgh there's a place called Primanti's that serves sandwiches with both french fries AND coleslaw piled on top. They're too big to pick up even with both hands. Legend has it that a trucker with no time to spare ordered a plate of food, mashed it all between two pieces of bread and took it on the road.

Well, poutine has a similarly glorious beginning except it's about sixteen million times better (and that's saying a lot).

A hungry truck driver came into Fernand LaChance's restaurant one day and ordered LaChance's special potatos and cheese curds combination. Then he asked for a side order of gravy and POURED IT RIGHT INTO THE BAG ON TOP OF THE FRIES!!!

The earth shook, stars fell from the sky and a few deep sea creatures stirred in the muck as he plunked down at a table, ripped the bag apart and ate the whole thing.

Thus poutine was born and it is here to stay, probably in your arteries somewhere next to the bacon. Empires may crumble and fall, mountains may wear down to dust, glaciers may creep across the face of the deserts but a Canadian's love for poutine will echo onward through the madness of space, for all time.

The End.

Text by Steve Smith.

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