A little over a week ago, we hit the highway to Québec. Our traditional first stop is the Irving Big Stop (recently renamed the Blue Canoe but still the Big Stop to the locals). Irving is a gas station/convenience store/sometimes restaurant/sometimes truck stop--the Big Stop variety being the epitome of all the aforementioned incarnations. We were very pleased to meet up with these classic Canadian voyageurs stopping by on their portage. Being true Canadians, they were very nice and posed for this photo. I was so pleased to catch the Canada Geese flying over the scene as well.
Inside the store you can buy all the latest designer hunting outfits as 'tis the season-- for shooting moose, that is. If you have a license. I hope our friend in the canoe we saw outside escapes unscathed. I don't think it would be very sportsmanlike to shoot a moose that's wearing a Santa hat. Kind of an easy target. And still on the easy target topic, I don't know about you, but personally I'd opt for the bright orange get-up if I was going to go roaming around in the woods with a bunch of guys toting shotguns. I may not be the only one to think this way as there seems to be a preponderance of camo duds and only a few of the obvious "I am not a bush or a moose so don't shoot!" variety left on the rack..
Our tour guide for the trip will be none other than Captain Canada himself!
(Note the parking area for moose in the background. A clever ploy by local hunters to lure the unsuspecting creatures into their trap!)