|Gaspe Peninsula and the St. Lawrence River. Sue Frause photo.
I remember as a school kid coloring in the St. Lawrence River on maps of North America. I thought it was a really huge river. And really far away. So when I made my first visit to the province of Quebec a number of years ago, I finally was able to meet "my" river.
Whether I was gazing out at the frozen ice floes from Le Fairmont Chateau Frontenac during winter's Carnival de Quebec or smelling its saltiness further east on the Gaspe Peninsula, I've always had a special bond with this river.
I'm not a river town girl. In fact, I live on Puget Sound. But the St. Lawrence River even has whales! That's impressive. Most recently, she has been in the news for trapping a number of vessels in her frozen waters. You can read more about it in a piece I wrote for examiner.com.