Grays And Blues

On Canada Day weekend, we decided to take a little road trip down to Coteau du Lac, about 45 minutes from Montreal.

Our goal was to visit the historical site there, which lies on the shore of the St. Lawrence River.  However, what we did not know, was that the town had postponed their July 1st festivities to the next day, the day which we decided to visit.

Because of the fact that they delayed their festivities, which were being held inside the historical site and because the fireworks had been set up inside the site, the main part of the park was closed; therefore, we were not able to see much of the site at all.

We were somewhat disappointed; though, our disappointment was short lived once we saw the Grays and Blues appear.

The Grays and Blues of Montreal are a “living history” association, who dedicate their time in remembrance of those Canadians who fought and died in the American Civil War (1861-1865).

Here is their website for more information:

During their demonstration, we saw them fire the two replica canons they had, as well as their muskets – I was on the other side of the park, having lunch when they fired their muskets, hence no photos of that.

I was very impressed at how professional and meticulous they were when preparing and firing the canons.  They mentioned that they go to the US every year to get certified.  Anyone who does not pass does not get to participate.

All the photos were taken with the Nikon D2x and the Nikkor 70-300 VR G.  I shot everything in RAW and edited/converted them in Capture NX-D.

With it being our great country’s 150th birthday, admission to all Canadian National parks is free, so why not take advantage of it!

Who dares wins.

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Back To Coaticook

We first went to Coaticook last September and I posted about it here: (

Well, last weekend, we went back to Coaticook; only this time, we took some family friends who had never been down to the Eastern Townships or many other places in Quebec.

They have only been in Quebec since mid-last year and they desperately want to explore different areas of the province, so we suggested that we tour them around the Eastern Townships a bit.

Coaticook is about a 2 hour drive from Montreal and most of the trip is spent driving on the highway that is very well maintained.  It’s a small town, so don’t expect too much when you get there.

Probably the two biggest attractions in Coaticook, are the ice cream factory (Coaticook ice cream anyone?) and the gorge.

Photos were taken with the Fuji X-Pro1 and the Nikon D2x.

Despite the fact that this was the second time that we had been to the gorge, it was still enjoyable.  Funny enough, the trek up to the suspended bridge did not seem as long as it did the first time.

There are plenty of places to visit and explore, just mere hours away from Montreal.  All you need to do is pack a picnic and hop in your car!

Who dares wins.

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