SPECIAL VACATION TRIPS AFTER THE A. W. W. A. CONVENTION
An Ideal Cruise Divided Into Two Parts—Sailing the St. Lawrence and Saguenay—Visits to Lakes George and Champlain
THE Water Works Association Convention meets this year at Montreal. Members may or may not appreciate the full significance of this fact in the opportunity it gives for vacationing in one of the most storied and picturesque regions of the New World. Everywhere the country through which they will go mingles as an historic past with the bustling, practical affairs of today. Montreal they will find to be a modern, cosmopolitan city, but in the midst of the skyscraper, the bank and office building, they will see convent, cathedral and college, telling of the city’s religious foundation.
No doubt the members of the convention will climb Mount Royal to obtain the view of the surrounding country. This spectacle, grand as it is, offers but a fitting introduction to the beauty and romance lying to the northeast along the St. Lawrence. There lies Quebec, the mother of all Canadian cities and cradle of New France; there nestles many a Canadian hamlet with its white church steeple and tiny houses; there is Tadousac, oldest town in New France; and, leading from Tadousac, the deep-mouthed, mysterious Saguenay. Altogether it is a land ideally suited to the desire of the vacationist.
Special Cruise Arranged.
It is the good fortune of the delegate to the American Water Works Convention that he can sail through all this delightful country, with opportunity to appreciate it, and to visit its principal points of interest. The American Express Travel Department has arranged a special cruise, leaving Montreal on June 25, the day after the close of the convention, which will appeal strongly to all in attendance at Montreal. This cruise is divided into two parts, either or both of which may be taken. Part 1 includes the lower St. Lawrence and the Saguenay, with sightseeing at Quebec. Part 2 brings the traveler down Lake Champlain, with a stop at Ausable Chasm, Lake George, Saratoga Springs and the Hudson River to New York, where he arrives one week after he left Montreal on the first half of the cruise. Taken together these two parts make up a vacation cruise of convenient length, and unrivaled beauty. They will certainly appeal to many members of the Water Works Convention, who may thus combine a week’s vacation with their attendance at Montreal. The steamship “Saguenay” which will be used on the St. Lawrence-Saguenay portion of the cruise is one of the finest in the Canada Steamship Lines—an ideal vacation craft. The “Saguenay” leaves Montreal on Friday, June 25, at 7:15 p. m.
Scenes Along the St. Lawrence
Leaving the harbor we pass on the right, St. Helen’s Island, from whose shores, in 1613, Champlain commenced his trip to the headwaters of the Ottawa. Vercheres and then Sorel are passed before dark. Below Sorel the river widens into Lake St. Peter. Coming on deck in the morning our first sight is Cape Rouge, where Jacques Cartier wintered on his second voyage to Canada, where Roberval unsuccessfully tried to make his settlement, and from which General Wolfe and his army floated down for the night ascent to the Plains of Abraham, where he overthrew the power of France. Next we pass Diamond Cape, and a moment later, Quebec itself comes into view.
Skirting the north shore below Quebec we touch Ste Irenee, and later stop at Murray Bay. Leaving Murray Bay, we pass Cap’ a l’Aigle, touch at the quaint village at its foot, and pass St. Simeon, famous for the trout fishing nearby.
The Voyage on the Saguenay
At the point where it flows into the St. Lawrence, the Saguenay forms a large, oval bay, enclosed by mountains. The historic village of Tadousac is at the foot of a giant Laurentian, the oldest town in New France. From Tadousac we begin our course up the Saguenay. The banks here tower to a height of 1,500 feet. Ha Ha Bay, which marks the termination of our voyage on the Saguenay, is a beautiful nine-mile stretch of water. Before turning into the St. Lawrence on our way down the Saguenay we pass the towering masses of Capes Trinity and Eternity, 2,000 feet in height.
We steam again under the ramparts of Quebec on Sunday at nine in the evening. We are going to spend the night at the Chateau Frontenac, to which we transfer at once. Montmorency Falls, 100 feet higher than Niagara, is passed on the way back to Quebec. From Quebec we make a night ride on the C. P. R. to Montreal, where we breakfast before taking the 9:30 train for Port Kent.
The Shores of Historic Lake Champlain
On the train we skirt the shore of Lake Champlain, and pass the Military Post of Plattsburg. At Port Kent, we transfer to a narrow gauge railway for the short trip to Ausable Chasm. The afternoon is spent in exploring the Chasm, and the night is passed at Ausable Chasm Hotel.
We take the steamer “Vermont” at Port Kent next day for a ride the length of Lake Champlain. At Montcalm Landing we take the train for a short run to Baldwin, where we board another steamer for the sail on Lake George. Thursday night is spent at the United States Hotel at Saratoga, and the next day we take the Hudson River Day Line boat at Albany for the sail down the Hudson, so rich in grandeur of scenery and historic association. We arrive in New York about 6 p. m.
Reservations and Where to Make Them
Reservations may be made at any of the offices of the American Express Travel Department, which are distributed pretty well the country over—at New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Buffalo, Washington, D. C., Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Portland, Ore., and Montreal. No doubt the tour will be so popular that the first reservations will be the ones to be sure.