This windmill sits on Île d'Orleans (pronounced "ill door lee awn", a large island just west of Quebec City which is accessible by only one bridge. For about 300 years, people have lived in a handful of small villages here, and the lifestyle is still essentially as agrarian as ever.
We toured the island for the first time with Jerod's parents, when they visited in September 2012. This windmill was the first thing we saw when we left the visitors center.
This second one is on Île aux Coudres ("ill oh coo-druh"), which is about 2 hours' drive east from Quebec City. It is accessible only by ferry. Two ferries alternate from the island to the mainland and back, every half hour; cars and pedestrians ride for free. We saw this windmill while biking around the island with some friends in early September 2012.
Needless to say (though I'm saying it), I often insist we stop to take a picture. I want to show my family that you can find a little bit of 'Dutch' almost anywhere.
What kinds of structures make you think of family traditions and cultural heritage?