The primary attraction today is a rail-only trestle steel bridge built in 1907-1908. Evidently, the gentleman for whom the Eiffle Tower was named, Gustave Eiffel, was involved in the bridge construction project. The steel bridge spans 3,335 feet at an average of 172 feet above ground and is still in use today.
Cap Rouge is a brief drive, or hearty bike ride west of our apartment. It still looks like a village, and is bordered on one side by the St. Lawrence River, and on the other by thick deciduous forests. Its charm rests in the details - grass marshes, bright sailboats, and sun glimmering off of gaily painted homes.
I spent a delightful afternoon here with our friends Mathieu and Bertille. On our way to Cap Rouge, we stopped at Parc Plage de la Jaques-Cartier. We meandered along the beach for a while, poked among the rocks, and generally relished how calm it was. There were very few people, a rare thing in Quebec City. Maybe, as Mathieu speculated, the tourists just don't know about Cap Rouge. Or, maybe it is just too far away from the city center.
Jerod and I have come down here to watch the sunset, and found the park equally delightful, and equally devoid of people. It is also one of the rare spots on the St. Lawrence River where natural woods come all the way down to the shore, as they used to along its length. It is one of the few places I have found near the city that actually feels like you are out of it - in a natural environment.