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Canadian Signs & Roadside Attractions
View from the Highway
Scenic highways can be a real joy to travel and this route through the picturesque hills that make up the Charlevoix region of Quebec on the north shore of the St. Lawrence is no exception. This particular viewpoint occurs along Highway 362, as it winds through the hills that tower above the town of St. Irene. Named for the 18th century Jesuit priest, traveler and historian, Pierre Francois Xavier de Charlevoix, this part of Quebec has long attracted numerous artists. Today, their works can be seen in great numbers in the town of Baie St. Paul, a place where tourists flock in droves. Scenic panoramas make great images, but that is not what these pictures and discussion is about. Instead of looking at the long view, this article will explore the close-up vernacular that sits right at the edge of the road.
Courtside Tennis Balls
It's one thing to install a tennis court, but this Eastern Quebec sports center went all out with this outdoor court and added a mural to grace the edge of the playing surface.
Gaspe Warning Sign
Beware of Rogue Waves
This sign warns unsuspecting motorists of the possibility that a large wave could wash a vehicle right off the road. Taken on a warm August summer day, this threat seems almost unreal. However, changing weather patterns can bring about stormy weather in a big hurry - or so it may seem.
A Closer Look at the Unusual Warning Sign
Bump In the Road!!!!
Signs Without Words
Throughout the province of Quebec travelers may come across visual signs like this that communicate without words. Canada is officially bilingual, but English is definitely more widely understood than French. On a similar note Native French speakers are much more likely to understand English than the other away. Perhaps this explains why strange signs like this appear across Quebec. This particular comes from one of the small towns located in the hills south of Levis.
Farm Country Warning
Le Petite Nation is farm country
Northeast of Ottawa travelers will be struck by the gently rolling hills and beautiful plowed fields. In this part of Quebec that borders Ontario, motorists are warned to watch out for farm machinery.
Bilingualism Is Everywhere
This cleanout drain on a Riviere du Loup fire hydrant has instructions in both English and French, though it is very likely that the person, who loosens the metal cover knows what to do.
Bread & Apples
In French, 'pain' refers to bread. It's my guess the painted word below the image is meant to be a loaf of bread. Not surprisingly, the apple or 'pome' needs no introduction.
The resto is not so much place to sit down and relax, but rather a place to have a drink and socialize. Of course, this might also be a relaxing experience, depending on your company.
What are Syllabics
This sign located on the Lakehead University campus in Thunder Bay, Ontario has its message printed in English and Ojibiwa syllabics. Based on phonetic sounds, these symbols are used by several First Nations as a written record of a complex language. In many parts of Canada visitors will encounter these symbols, which are understood by much of the native population.
The Buffalo In Manitoba
The Buffalo In Manitoba
The prairie province of Manitoba is proud to display images of the bison on their road signs, for this part of Canada was instrumental in saving the large land mammal. This land of vast grassland plains not only provided refuge to some of these grazing, herd animals, when they were close to extinction, but also was home to a few far-sighted ranchers who kept a small herd alive during these hard times.
Mileposts In Thunder Bay
Signs At a Hostel
The Thunder Bay International Youth Hostel attracts visitors from all over the world. To celebrate the international community that stops by, this stack of signposts sits in front of the hostel at the main entrance.