We had a wonderful visit to the old city of Quebec and now it was time for the taxi to take us to the airport and plan for our flight to Fredericton. Thunderstorms were still in the Quebec area so our departure from was delayed until mid-day to allow nature to run its course. The Arrow had a real good washing then the sun came out for the drying cycle.
We finally got underway and were flying in good visual conditions with smooth air between the now distant thunderstorms that were still along our route but moving south-eastward.
Continued deviations to the north of track kept us well away from those nasties with our actual track over 30 nautical miles left of our planned direct routing. Climbing higher above the scattered clouds to 11,500 feet allowed us to better see where the thunderstorms were and the StormScope displayed the lightning activity way off in the distance.
The StormScope helps occasionally in British Columbia but once you are east of the Rocky Mountains there’s often weather systems with lots of thunderstorms and lightning so the StormScope really helps in making strategic decisions to avoid that mean weather.
Cruising at 11,500 feet we picked up a 45 knot tailwind to speed us along the way with ground speeds approaching 200 knots.
Fredericton had received their fair share of the weather activity, however by the time we arrived all had passed by and the skies were wide open.
The Citadel is a very historic site and very important to the early formation of Canada.
Our hotel was only a couple of blocks from our hotel.
The Citadel is the Official residence of the Governor General of Canada and home of the Royal 22nd Regiment of the Canadian Army. They are the only army unit in Canada that is bilingual.
Changing of the Guard
Inspecting the troups
changing of the Guard and their mascot, the Goat
Quebec City is our sixth stop at a provincial capital visiting the provincial legislature buildings. Now we are more than half way there in our quest to visit all ten provincial capitals. We have been welcomed by a Provincial Minister in Regina and a Special Assistant to a Minister in Winnipeg and had photos with those folks, sometimes on the steps of the building and sometimes inside the building, with our Canada Flag.
This beautiful city is very easy to enjoy the old charm of Europe. We stayed in a real nice quaint boutique hotel only a short walk through the old city gates to the provincial legislature buildings.
As we had found in Victoria, there was some construction on the legislature building so we were not able to go right up to the steps at the front entrance. Our Canada Flag photo was taken outside the construction fencing. The work should be completed for next year’s tourist season.
In Quebec, the provincial legislature building is called the Parliament Building of Quebec and houses the National Assembly of Quebec.
We walked around to the west side of the building to the entrance that was open for public access. Like the other legislature buildings, security screening is in place prior to entrance, much like airport security.
The folks at security were very pleasant and I mentioned our trip across the country and the photo ops with our Canada Flag at the other legislature buildings. I had been carrying the flag in a “flag bag” (sometimes known as a “Man Purse” or “Murse”) and motioned to the security of my intention to take a photo of the Canada Flag inside the building in the legislature chamber. We were informed very emphatically that we were not allowed to display our Canada Flag inside the building nor to photograph the Canada Flag inside the building. The discussion seemed to be less positive as it had been at first.
A guided tour was offered, however we decided we could see as much of the building as we wanted in our own time.
There was a Quebec provincial flag but no Canada Flag.
The National Assembly had a Crucifix on the wall behind the seat of the Speaker.
The only Canada Flag that we saw in the building was in the Senate Chamber.
Our observations of the Canada Flag and the crucifix causes one to reflect on the meaning of “Canadian” and the structure of government including separation of “church and state”.