After a longer day of driving, we pulled into the Quebec City KOA… And immediately headed for the jumping pillow. Naturally. Not pictured: the Smelly, hanging out contentedly on a shady patch of sand by one fence. We were all pretty stoked to arrive at the camp site; being able to get out of the RV was nice, but also this camp site was quite luxurious. That pillow was right next to a freeway, but our spot was way over on the other side of the camp grounds (quiet!), very close to a nice shower block and two play structures.
Another perk for this site? The organized shuttle bus into Old Quebec City (for a fee), and the mini-hike to the pick-up from our site which took us through a small wooded area. Always nice to get some treeful moments in your day! We headed into town the next day, and did a tonne of walking around, admiring the arty wares for sale, and eating way too many snackety street foods.
I feel that there should be more detail about sights seen, or foods tasted but honestly? It was all just kind of a happy, sugary blur. Our poor little Starfish crashed (lack of nap + sugar snacks; what can you do?) on the shuttle bus ride back, which ended up being quite long due to our being caught in rush hour traffic.
All in all, it was a really nice, short stay, with a restful night’s sleep before we headed for the outskirts of Montreal the next day. Now, I am still very impressed with KOA’s campgrounds in general but I have to say the one in Candiac did not line up with our expectations. For being basically in the middle of nowhere, it was still quite noisy — including late-night trains that whistled. The play structure was quite small and not as well-maintained as others we’d seen, and there was no jumping pillow. (The Boy freely admits that the lack of trampoline pillow poisoned him in every way against the site. I can’t blame him.)
Still, it was a reasonably nice place to stay the night, and regroup before our drive home — including a lunch at Herb’s Travel Plaza, where on top of all the planes on the grassy lawn, there was a TANK parked in the lot! Needless to say, Starfish was entertained while The Boy gassed up.
After all that, we had the best-possible homecoming dinner plan ever: a farmhouse feast at our CSA where we just had to show up! It made for a long day, but I really didn’t want to miss our farm’s 10th year celebration — and Starfish loves visiting anytime. The food was delicious (barley!) and the unexpected favourite was a delicious lentil stew; I really wish I had the recipe!
Although we had to leave before dessert (apple crumble with whiskey cream; sniff) I have no regrets about that night. Starfish was very grateful to get home to cuddle her beloved kittens, and all of us appreciated being in our own beds again. I’ll try to do a recap entry of my thoughts on RV-ing in general, but overall, I would say this roadtrip was a fantastic experience, full of fun adventures and great family memories. Win!