Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Back roads

Near St Edouard, Quebec
Near St Edouard, Quebec

Too often we travel the fast highways and byways and fail to see the beauty that can be found on the slower back roads.

Recently I took a trip on the rural back roads of south-western Quebec.

Resting place of <br />Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Resting place of
Pierre Elliott Trudeau

Took Autoroute 15 south to exit 29 and headed over to St-Edouard along route 221. Real pretty farm country.

Continuing on route 221 took me through St Michel over to St Remi. St Remi is the largest town in the area. It is also where Pierre Elliott Trudeau, former Prime Minister of Canada, is buried.

Church in St Chrysostome
Church in St Chrysostome

In St-Remi, I picked up route 209 and headed south to Ste-Clotilde and then on to St Chrysostome.
Each little town has its large stone Catholic church.

Had come across several wooden churches. They appear to be or have been Protestant churches.

Old church
Old church between Ste. Clotilde
and St. Chrysostome, Quebec

At least one of these was abandoned. I suspect they are the remnants of the Anglo population that lived in these parts.

From St Chrysostome, I continued along Rte 209 until crossed Rte 202 near Franklin. Then headed east along the 202 through Franklin Center, Havelock and then into Hemmingford.

Russeltown Church
Russeltown Church near
Havelock, Quebec

Once in Hemmingford, I took Rte 219 north through Sherrington and then back to Autoroute 15 and headed home.

All in all a beautiful day spent enjoying the wonderful country side and the quaint towns that dot the area.

You can see other images taken that day in my Rural Backroads - 31 August 2008 gallery.

Please feel free to leave comments here on the blog or in any of the photo galleries.

Thanks for looking.

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