Following Chemin Craig
We continued on... the road, suddenly became Montgomery Road as we entered Irlande. I'm not quite sure at what moment we entered the village because there weren't any signs. However, the shamrocks on the street signs indicated that we had changed jurisdictions.
Next, we crossed the Palmer River and the Sunday River as we drove through Leeds.
Until we hit what once was the small village of Lower-Ireland, or what is now known as Saint-Jean-de-Brébeuf. It was quite beautiful. The previous Irish presence could definitely be felt. -And what do you know?! ... All of a sudden we're back on Chemin Craig! How does that work you ask? I honestly have no idea. But we did come across an enormous white cross that was planted along the roadside, which also happened to be an observation point. And luckily enough there was a sign describing the historical importance of Chemin Craig in terms of colonizing the Eastern Townships.
After driving a few more kilometres up the road, we spotted a VERY hidden drive. When I say hidden... I mean it! We drove past it at first... but we noticed that there was something odd about the clearing in the woods, so we turned back to check it out. According to a commemorative plaque we found on a rock, it appeared to be the location of was once an Anglo-Irish Wesleyan Methodist Church. The only thing remaining were the grave stones dispersed on the small lot of land.
We drove a little while longer. We followed Chemin Craig until we hit Saint-Adrien-d'Irlande. It was a small village. A church was located in the town center, along with a small elementary school and recreational center. The one thing that stood out in this area was that every single house had the last name of its owner posted on top of their mail boxes. So as we drove along we really got a feel for the place. Even though we didn't come across anyone, it gave the village a friendly vibe.
there was a small village by the name of Shrewsbury
Imagine... That's all that's left of this small town... Crazy to think that there once was a village here!
If you look closely on your way up through the woods, you'll notice little bits and pieces of foundation peering through the thick bush and shrubs. Those are most likely the remnants of what once was a Shrewsbury homestead.
Island of Orleans: Maritime Park
So we're casually taking a drive around the Isle of Orleans and out of nowhere we spot an unusually old building along the roadside...
You know me! Of course I had to stop and check it out!
All I can say is... WOW! Pleasant surprise! I was NOT expecting to come across this at all! It almost made me feel like I wasn't in Quebec anymore! -But hey, back to reality...it's a historical site that has been very well preserved and up kept. Actually, it used to be a shipyard. A lot of historic buildings and ships sit quaintly in front the an old decomposing wooden pier. I would definitely recommend this pit-stop to anyone driving in the area! It's worth the detour!
Ahhh! How nice... Just look at the view!
Sam: Hey, I'm bored... Let's go on a road trip.
Kinnear's Mills is a small historic village located next to a river. Next to the river sits an old mill house, which is now somebody's home. Four churches are located in the village centre (Catholic Church, Candlish United Church-1854, Presbyterian Church-1873, and an Anglican Church).
The buildings date back to the early settlement days and an English-speaking presence is made evident by the names on the cemeteries' grave stones, the street and river names. Moreover, bilingual signage was spotted on the door to the municipal hall, which indicates that there are still English-speakers living in the area. After doing some historical research on the area it appears to have been a predominately Irish settlement.
Next, on the list was Inverness. Inverness was previously a Scottish settlement. Its beautiful landscape is reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands. Since it is located at a higher altitude, you get a great view of the Beauce region as you drive along Craig Road. I fell in love with the place.
A commemorative mural is painted on the town hall in honour of the very first Scottish settlers who came to the region in 1829. Moreover, in the town centre, one can find 4 churches (a Catholic Church, a Presbyterian Church, an Anglican Church, and a United Church), an old English Academy (which is now a home), as well as the Saint-Andrew's Presbyterian Cemetery,