The scenic Canadian province offers authentic French charm close to home:

Camping by the water, eating fresh seafood and driving from one French village to the next? Sounds like a bucket list summer vacation to me. But my husband, Bob, and I weren’t up for the hassle of flying to Europe after a hectic year. Instead, we loaded our 25-foot Class C motorhome and drove to Canada’s Quebec province seeking relaxation and a taste of France much closer to home.

After an easy border crossing on Interstate 87 from New York we drove north along the St. Lawrence River from Quebec City to the town of Rimouski for food, fuel and a point of interest: the Pointe-au-Père (father point) Lighthouse National Historic Site. Arriving in a cool drizzle, we ducked into a museum to learn about “Canada’s Titanic,” a Liverpool-bound ocean liner called the Empress of Ireland. Early on the morning of May 29, 1914, some 1,012 people died when it sank in 14 minutes after being rammed in the fog by the Norwegian coal ship Storstad.

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