The picturesque drive along St. Lawrence river from Toronto to its mouth

The drive along St. Lawrence to its mouth
Canada's Rockies are very well known for their gorgeous sceneries I had heard. But that would have meant running into far more tourists than I wanted to. After all, I was planning to drive to a place where I could discover a bit of both the destination and also myself.   I gave in to my heart and headed east. From Toronto I drove along beautiful lakes, stopped by spectacular sunsets and tested my sports car through some steep stretches of the famed Appalachian mountain ranges. Crossing the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, I touched the waters of North Atlantic in New Brunswick where I drove along them to enter Nova Scotia. Inside Nova Scotia, I drove through Cape Breton Island and inside the famed Cape Breton National Park, turning  back towards Toronto, in what was a drive for over 5,300 km drive over eight days.

Day 1 & 2
Driving from Toronto, I stayed overnight at a distant cousin’s place in Ottawa. Early the next morning I started off for Montreal beyond which I drove to Trois-Rivières and Quebec city. The landscape turned scenic as I drove from Trois-Rivières, towards Quebec. I stopped by stunned by the surrounding landscapes to the north (left) of this road, particularly the St. Lawrence River or Fleuve St. Lawrence as it is known in French.


It was nearly evening as I approached Rivière-du-Loup. I stopped a few times again to take pictures of the Highway 20 running parallel to the St. Lawrence River. A few km down I took a turn west and joined the scenic Route 132. As I approached the route I could see the sun setting spectacularly over the St. Lawrence River. I got to take plenty of pictures of the sunset. I spent the dusk at Notre-Dame-du-Portage, a few km before Rivière-du-Loup. 

I had a few coffees at Tim Horton’s in Rivière-du-Loup. Late after mid night I left for Edmunston. But this isolated road was under construction. Confused about finding the right way and too tired, I pulled the car off the road and slept in it, the blanket and pillow I had brought along being a good help.

An Indian immigrant's eight-day, 5300+ km solo driving adventure from Toronto to Canada's Atlantic coast and back, in Aug. 2005 - Post 1 (of 10)

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