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9th October, 2015


We departed Quebec late in the evening and slowly sailed the seventy odd miles up to Trois Rivieres where the passengers had the chance to spend the morning. Three Rivers was founded in July 1634, the second permanent settlement in New France after Quebec. The journey up to Montréal continued as lunch was being served and as we proceeded the river narrowed, we passed a more industrial scene where ‘Lakers’ came from the interior with their cargoes of grain destined for bigger ships that might take the precious commodity as far as China or Russia. When darkness fell, the lights of the city could be seen in the distance ahead. The strong current from the torrent of water coming down from the Great Lakes slowed us right down to four knots at one stage where the river narrowed and the final mile was interesting, manoeuvring wise, to say the least.

Saga had prepared a magnificent firework display to celebrate our arrival and the timing was perfect, out of dinner, wrap up warm, fifteen minutes on deck, then back down to watch the evening show in the Britannia Lounge. Organisation to a tee.

What I couldn’t do though was organise the weather for the following day, overcast and rain greeted the wakening guests. I received the usual and anticipated comments, but spirits didn’t appear to be dampened though. Off they went on a variety of tours, mainly by coach (no school buses here) so the chance to remain dry. Some folks went off on an all day tour into the ‘Glorious Laurentians’ which included a cable car ride up to the top of the 2,871 foot Mont Tremblant. The view would have been even more amazing in clearer weather, however, on the way down the clearance arrived and one couple I met the following evening said it was a great trip.

In the city we were not so lucky, the low cloud hung below the tops of the sky scrapers all day, but that did not deter Mrs R. She went off on a mission, one which was 100% successful, and after her triumphal return, I suggested retirement for me would not be coming any time soon then. We left late in the evening, the sky very clear after the front had passed through, and the lights of the city slowly receded as we commenced our long and winding road back home. Still quite a few places to visit before then though.

Captain Philip Rentell

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