Quebec Press Garden Tour 2003
Including Mosaiculture & Reford Gardens


The next day saw us visiting a lighthouse - lots of local wildflowers to look at and photograph – iris is their provincial flower. Then we went to the Mitis River Park which is part of the Reford Gardens but separate in that it is the conservation side. It is designed as a simple but powerful way of immersing oneself in the Metis landscape. They are setting up a series of very understated observation posts starting this year. As you can see by the picture of us walking on a pathway sided with willow, this park is very understated and all that has been constructed is in keeping with nature, and not expensive to build. The rock with the moss on it becomes something else when framed with a willow screen. Alexander came to meet us for lunch as well so we had another good chance to chat with him before leaving.



We visited another lighthouse – the Point–au-Pere lighthouse where we learned about the tragedy in 1914 of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland. 1012 people lost their lives in 14 minutes and I have to tell you that until this time, I had never heard of it. I felt embarrassed that I had never heard of this piece of history. We have heard so much about other ships including the Titanic and yet this seems to be gone by the wayside…except now - they have an all new permanent exhibit that has just opened in June 2003. You must see this to appreciate how hard it was to navigate the St. Lawrence and how easy it was to have an accident. Visit



Then we went to another Park to watch the sun set and perhaps see some seals. We sat on rocks and just listened to the birds, the water and waited. We did see some seals but they were quite a way out. Afterwards we drove to dinner at the Auberge du Mange Grenouille a wonderful restaurant to enjoy our last meal together before heading to our train back to Montreal. There are a couple of pictures that are dark but I wanted you to see them anyway, the gardens were beautiful and I hear the rooms are very romantic. Visit



So ends our whirlwind tour of some of the best that Montreal and the lower St. Lawrence has to offer. I feel very confident in telling you that every one of the gardens is worth visiting. Montreal in itself is such a beautiful city with so much to offer anyone visiting for any reason, but since this was a garden tour that is what I am focusing on. Make Montreal and Quebec a holiday destination and you will not be disappointed! A very special thank you again to Roselyne Hebert of Tourisme Quebec for taking such good care of us – it was a trip full of inspiration into what our country has to offer. We should be very proud of who we are and what we have to share with others. Visit

Also a special thank you to VIA Rail for our sleeping rooms! Visit




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