PODCAST: Whale watching in Quebec

PODCAST: Whale watching in Quebec

This is a recording of an article on whale watching in Quebec, Canada.

The article, written by Catherine McKenna, is narrated here by Rosanna Haroutounian.
It first appeared in the November 2012 issue of Life in Québec Magazine.

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The 138, one of the oldest highways in the country, begins at the Montréal-New York state border and winds its way to Natashquan.

This picturesque route is breathtaking and almost fairy-tale in its beauty, from the postcard scenery of Charlevoix to the stark and increasingly untamed landscapes east of Tadoussac, the beginning of the Whale Route. I love this drive, and at least once a season, it takes me to Mer et Monde, a campground  with a setting and quality unlike any other.

Mer et Monde has added some well-designed new sites this year, due to increasing demand. Most are high up, as not everyone chooses to be at the water’s edge. There are lovely treed sites, certainly appreciated in windy conditions. And for those who prefer a roof over their heads, two Huttopias have been added. A new common area observation deck is located on the eastern point.

Putting up a tent on a platform requires a bit of foresight, given the absence of any kind of shelter from the elements. Winds can pick up in the middle of the night to the extent that the spare sprinkling of trees on the promontory bends in two. Everything (if not everyone) must be tied down within an inch of its life and secured to withstand whatever Mother Nature serves up. Those of us who have experienced the weather here keenly assess new arrivals to check that they are prepared and well set up.

Friday, 5:30 a.m.: I unzip my door to catch a glimpse of a humpback, who has awakened me with her blow. The heavy overnight rain has left a blanket of fog in its wake, but there is no wind, so I am able to get my propane stove cooking without spewing a single vulgarity. This is my favourite time of day; I linger at my picnic table.

Breakfast is a pot of coffee, a cheese omelette, sun-dried tomato and whole grain bread toasted to perfection on the “Acme” toaster, and juice. I finish off with fresh berries picked two days before on l’Île d’Orléans. Marvellous!

Very late Saturday night, a windstorm brews up within minutes, and the suddenly ferocious roar of the St. Lawrence gives me the impression I am adrift on the open seas in a rowboat. But I am not so fearful this time as my tent expertise has improved due to a not-so-organised experience in 80 km winds, even higher up, a few years ago. Taught guy lines and rope have become a rustic art. In time, even the thundering waves can no longer keep me awake, and I drift back to sleep.

Read the original article in full On the whale route in search of the big blue


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About Author

Rosanna Haroutounian

Rosanna Haroutounian was raised in Mississauga, Ontario, and studied journalism and political science at Carleton University. She currently works as an English assistant at a college in Quebec City. She enjoys reading, baking, being outdoors, and travelling the world when time and finances allow.

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