A FRENCH PERSPECTIVE OF CANADA
Work has been busy and it has been some time since I’ve been able to write a new story! This Canadian story is about some people I met on my journey through Canada in 2018. I asked them to tell me a bit about why they decided to visit Canada from France and their experience here.
I met Jean-Michel and his wife Catherine on my first night in New Brunswick. I arrived in Campbellton, New Brunswick around suppertime that evening and had booked into McKenzie House for the night. At breakfast the next morning, I met some of the other occupants of this lovely B&B. Fortunately for me, Jean-Michel’s English was much better than my French and we were able to have a little conversation over breakfast. I recently contacted Jean-Michele and his wife to have a little story to tell you here.
Hailing from Royan on the west coast of France, Jean-Michele had the following responses to my questions about their visit to Canada and graciously shared his photographs with me for this story.
All photos are courtesy of Jean-Michel and are not to be produced without permission.
Q: Why did you choose to travel to Canada?
A: I chose to travel to Canada to see wildlife, specifically to see whales!
Q: Who were you travelling with?
A: I travelled to Canada with my wife and met our daughter and her husband when we arrived in Canada.
Q: What cities, towns, provinces did you visit while in Canada?
A: We visited a lot of cities – mainly Quebec. Then we travelled to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. We went as far out as Brier Island in Nova Scotia and travelled back to Quebec via Halifax, Shediac and Fredericton.
Q: What places or sites did you visit while you were here?
A: We visited some national parks: Kouchibouguac, Fundy, Grand Manan Island, and Kejimkujik. Fundy was impressive! We also visited the Balancing Rock at Bier and enjoyed the New France Festival.
Q: Were there experiences, places or people that were especially memorable?
A: The most memorable experience was the trip to see the whales on Brier Island. We had a very nice time with the whales!
Q: What was your impression of the Canadian people?
A: Canadian people are very nice and kind!
Thank you, Jean-Michel, for sharing your Canadian experience with me! While we visited some of the same places, you have introduced me to new ones in my own country by telling your story.
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