Sightseeing from 30,000 feet – International Edition: Part 13

Chaleur Bay, New Brunswick

This is Chaleur Bay, separating Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula from New Brunswick’s North Shore. We’re on the New Brunswick side here, looking northwest.

The largest city on this section of the bay is Bathurst, at the mouth of the Nepisiguit River, in the far right of the picture.

This is the same view in Google Earth.

Sightseeing from 30,000 feet – International Edition: Part 12

Ile d’Anticosti, Quebec

The Ile d’Anticosti (“Ile” is “Island” in French) lies in the middle of the . . . well, on the east end of the island it’s the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and on the west end it’s the St. Lawrence River. Specifically, the Jacques Cartier Strait lies to the north of the island, and the Honguedo Strait is to the south (visible here). So I guess it’s surrounded by all sorts of bodies of water.

The point at the top of the picture is the Point du Sud-Ouest (Southwest Point). Down from there is a dent in the shoreline, which is a bay called Baie des Sables (Sandy Bay) and I come to find out that there’s another Great Salt Lake in the world, the second one being just behind a sandy spit in this small bay.

This is the same view in Google Earth.

Sightseeing from 30,000 feet – International Edition: Part 11

Natashquan, Quebec

The white band is the frozen Natashquan River, and just to the right of its mouth is Natashquan Reserve, an Innu village. To the right of that, across the marshy area (with all the parallel lines) is the town of Natashquan.

Natashquan is at the spot where the Gulf of St. Lawrence becomes the Jacques Cartier Strait. The coastline west of Natashquan (all the way up to the top of the photo) makes up the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve.

This is the same view in Google Earth.

Sightseeing from 30,000 feet – International Edition: Part 10

Riviere du Petit Mecatina, Quebec

The river is the Petit Mecatina and beyond it, just to the right, is Lac Hakluyt.

This is the same view in Google Earth.

Sightseeing from 30,000 feet – International Edition: Part 9

Lac Aticonipi, Quebec

This is the Lower North Shore of Quebec, just north of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The lake in the center is Lac Aticonipi, and the river is the St. Augustin. In the top right you can see a sliver of the Petit Mecatina river and two lakes — Donquan and Fourmont — over the border in Newfoundland and Labrador.

I figured this area is sparsely populated because it’s the “Frozen North,” but it’s actually farther south than Edmonton, Alberta. So I don’t know why it’s so sparsely populated.

This is the same view in Google Earth.

Jon Stewart takes on Glenn Beck, and wins

I would make an enemy of a lot of my Facebook friends by saying what a moron Glenn Beck is, which is why I’m not posting this there. But it’s true, I feel it with all my heart, and Jon Stewart beautifully demonstrates why in this clip.

The Daily What.

Sightseeing from 30,000 feet – International Edition: Part 8

Reed’s Pond, Newfoundland and Labrador

The little sliver of white is an ice-covered body of water called Reed’s Pond. In the top right is an inlet called Stoney Arm, and an Island called Narrow Island.

This is on the mainland part of Newfoundland and Labrador, which until 2001 used to be called just Newfoundland (although the mainland part was actually Labrador).

This is the same view in Google Earth.



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