Les Trois Castors Québec: August 2021

The magnificent Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré is found just east of Québec City.

Built in 1926 on the site of churches dating from 1600,  it has been credited by the Catholic Church with many miracles of curing the sick and disabled.

This is a major ski area in winter and there are many cottages which are used in all seasons.

I visited the cottage area located near three mountains which are said to resemble beavers (castors).


I will identify it at the end of the post.

Some botany:

Turtlehead (Chelone glabra)
Purple-stemmed Aster (Symphyotrichum puniceum)
Meadowsweet (Spirea alba)
Cyperus Sedge (Carex pseudocyperus)
Fireweed (Erechtites hieraciifolius)
Meadowsweet (Spirea alba)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)
Orange Hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)
Evening Primrose (Oenothera)
Red Maple (Acer rubra)
St. John’s-wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Bracken Fern
Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)
Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Fall-dandelion (Scorzoneroides autumnalis)
Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
White Birch (Betula papyrifera)
Common Hawkweed (Hieracium vulgatum)
Common Hawkweed (Hieracium vulgatum)
Flat-topped Aster (Doellingeria umbellata)
White Birch (Betula papyrifera)


With its brilliant flowers and odour in spring, this is Lilac in seed.

Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)


Is there anything as tranquil
As a brightly glowing jonquil
That stands in sweet serenity,
A part of nature’s tapestry? – William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850)

Miles Hearn

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