Summertime and the Living is Easy

Summertime and the Living is Easy

By Jason Enlow

As I write this, it’s still August and easy to forget that fall is planning on making a comeback. I’m sitting in the newly renovated waiting room at the medical clinic near my house. The sun is reaching through the window, making it uncomfortably hot while California Gurls by Katy Perry is straining to escape the PA speaker above my head. Christmas is only four months away, but I’m not dreaming of a white one, at least not yet.

So much to do, so little time
Summer is drawing to its inevitable end in Quebec City, the festivals are wrapping up, the school buses are making their practice runs and it’s time to look back at some of the great events that I missed; the Rendez-Vous naval de Quebec, the Changing of the Guard at the Citadel, the Elvis Experience, the International Pow-Wow of Wendake, Mondokarnaval, the Opera Festival, the Summer Festival (Festival d’été), the New France Festival (les Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France) Festibière and the Fireworks (Les Grands Feux Loto-Québec). I did make it out to see Seinfeld at the Festival Grand Rire, so I’m not a total hermit.

Go South, youngish man
Although I did spend some time in the Charlevoix region trying to recapture the magic of last year’s camping adventure, most of my vacation was spent outside of Quebec and like many Quebecers, I headed down to Maine. I travelled along Old Canada Road (U.S. Route 201) which originally served as a major trade route from Quebec to the Atlantic Ocean. Between 1813 and 1859, Old Canada Road was the trail used by more than 500,000 people who immigrated to the United States in search of employment. Unlike my French Canadian ancestors, work wasn’t what I was looking for.

All work and no play
Maybe that’s why I couldn’t stay in Quebec City; home is where the work is. During my travels to New York City, Wiscasset in Maine and Long Sault Parkway in Ontario, I was struck by their respective excitement, quaintness and beauty. In Boothbay Harbor in Maine, I wandered into a store and wistfully remarked how charming I thought the town was. The shopkeeper asked where I was from and when I told her, she said “Quebec City, it’s so beautiful there!”

The grass is always greener
Of course, she was right, Quebec City is beautiful and perhaps even more so in fall. The sun is still warm in September, the leaves are changing and the apples and pumpkins are ripe for the picking. And it’s still not too late for me to check out a festival or two: the Quebec City Magic Festival, the Fête Arc-en-ciel de Québec, Envol et Macadam, Québec-Prince Edward Island 1864-2014, the Québec International Sacred Music Festival…

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Jason Enlow

Jason Enlow is a Special Education Technician at an English elementary school. He was born in Montreal, Quebec and grew up in Burlington, Ontario. Jason studied Radio and Television at Ryerson University in Toronto. His previous employers include CityTV, CBC, The Weather Network, and Global Television. He’s worked as a DJ, camera operator, musician, teacher, translator and video game content designer. Jason moved to Quebec City in 1997 where he still lives today with his wife and three sons.

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