August 29, 2013

Alan Caron: To learn more about Maine, make the pilgrimage to Quebec

Travel the route hundreds of thousands took to get here, and support the towns and businesses along the way.

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At the top of the mountains is a quick and easy border crossing, followed by a long descent toward the river valley that dominates the area. There, you'll find two small towns that anchor the Beauce farming region, which is where my grandfather and thousands of other ancestors of Mainers once lived.

Finally, a straight shot on the expressway takes you to the St. Lawrence River, with Quebec beckoning on the other side.

If you can, go during the July Summer Festival to experience a joyous gathering of street artists, magicians, acrobats and musicians from across North America, energizing the squares of the old walled city. Catch the terrific Cirque du Soleil show at the waterfront, for the outrageous cost of nothing. (That's how the province of Quebec invests in tourism, and it works.) But get there early.

Whenever you go, I expect you'll learn and experience something that you didn't know about Maine and the Quebec area, and the special relationship we share.

Alan Caron is president of Envision Maine, a nonprofit organization that promotes Maine's next economy, and a partner at the Caron & Egan Consulting Group. He can be contacted at:

alancaroninmaine@gmail.com

 

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