Monday, July 4, 2011

Day 3: Along Chambly Canal to Fort Chambly

Day 3 Tour Description 
St. Jean, Chambly and Glass Art
Rides of 21, 34 or 48 miles

Bike along the river roads, the canal bike path, or further west within sight of the Montreal skyline. Ride to Chambly, and stroll along its historic streets. Chambly is a 'must see' little town. Visit Fort Chambly, a magnificent French fortification located at the Richelieu River rapids.
See Studio des Verriers du Richelieu on the return ride to St Jean sur Richelieu, where you can meet artisans transforming ordinary glass into something extraordinary.

Then and now, starting from St Jean sur Richelieu...

The boat basin then

The boat basin now

The Richelieu River then

 The Richelieu River now

the road then

the road now

and the wheels of change keep turning as a new bridge is built over the canal

A new bridge is being constructed south of Pont #9 connecting Ile Ste Thérèse with St Jean

This year, Roger continues tending Pont #9 over the canal,
 but after the new bridge is completed the old bridge will remain open for extended periods
reducing the need for a bridge attendant

Along the Chambly Canal....then and now....

to Chambly, then and now

and the fort...

and now..

The park ranger told us the archaeologists found a lot of jawbones from this fish
 in the fort's garbage dump.  Hope the soldiers thought they were tasty!

Once a convent, now the Chambly town offices

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