Our approach to Montreal included freight terminals, the Pont Jacques Cartier (bridge) and the amusement park-complete with an old wooden roller coaster.
In Montreal we entered the canal system on the St. Lawrence Seaway and traveled through the first two locks, the St. Lambert and the Cote St. Catherine . These are designed for freighters and are considerably larger than the locks on the Richelieu River.
Exiting the Cote St. Catherine brought us into Lake St. Louis. By time we traveled across the lake it was getting too late to enter the Beauharnois Locks. Once again, with no plans and no place to stay, this is where a magical evening began.
Around the point from the lock was the small town of Melocheville and through the binoculars we could see a launch ramp and community dock. That was all we needed. Off we went. As we approached shore several men motioned to us to proceed to the deeper water along the dock and helped us tie up. Deep is only relative as Quest spent the night in only 5.5 ft of water.
Next to the launch ramp was a quaint little bar and restaurant, Chez Paul Country Pub, which turned out to be our night’s entertainment. We entered their establishment short on cash and found they did not accept credit cards. Their ATM machine did not accept our Visa debit card either. This is when the magic of the evening began as Daniel, our waiter and son of proprietor Paul Arseneault, was more than willing to let us ride for the night. Their hospitality was given with generosity of the hearts. The entire crowd welcomed us into their fold and soon we were meeting fellow diners and country line dancers. Daniel’s aunt and uncle, setting at a nearby table, offered to shuttle Dan to the bank and we were able to enjoy the evening knowing we could now pay our tab. We stayed up late singing and dancing with the patrons of Chez Paul. Thank you all for your generosity in welcoming us to your community.