Notre Dame de Bois, Canada
Notre Dame de Bois, Canada is a place that is very much part of my childhood. It is located at the Canada - United States border, at New Hampshire and Maine, 555 meters in altitude, making it the highest town in Quebec. This is where my father was born. (In French, Notre Dame de Bois means "Our Lady of the Woods." Named in honor of the Virgin Mary.)
Notre Dame de Bois also has the Mont-Megantic National Park. Which is one of the biggest tourism attractions in the region. This park was created in 1994. Mont Megantic is the center of the park, at its peak is the Mont Megantic Observatory. The most important astronomical observatory in Eastern Canada. Part of the park also has a bird conservatory. Which explains my father's enjoyment of birdwatching, and making birdhouses in his retirement years.
The park is known for its scientific observatory, which hosts a Ritchey-Chretien telescope of 1.6 m in diameter. The site is owned by the University of Montreal and Laval University, and the Mont Megantic Astronomy Festival is usually held in early July. Which was the time of year that my father always enjoyed making our family trips to Canada.
Notre Dame de Bois means "Our Lady of the Woods"
Aunt and Uncle's vacation home
Beautiful memories here.
My father's oldest brother used to have a more rustic cabin on this same piece of land. He tore it down and built a beautiful vacation home. This town is special to my uncle as well. The town he met his wife. I have been to the newly built vacation home only once. I spent more time in the cabin, as a child. We would go fishing, spend time in my cousins' tree house, and hiking throughout their property.
Now, in the cabin's place is a beautiful A frame luxury home that my uncle built. My aunt and uncle go there often, but in the winter; they will put on snow shoes and walk their land in the snow for exercise.
Grounding is a beautiful thing.