So Many Great Road Trip Stops In Quebec
We found so many great road trip stops in Quebec. Stays in Montreal and Quebec City provided us with lots to see and do as we enjoyed the European charm of these Canadian cities. We explored the Saguenay area for great outdoor sights. And a visit to the North Shore of the St Lawrence River gave us a fun whale watching adventure in Tadoussac.
The variety of experiences is one of the great reasons to visit Quebec on a road trip in Eastern Canada.
We Started Our Visit In Montreal
Montreal was the first stop in Quebec on our travels around the East Coast of Canada. We enjoyed a return visit to the Ritz Carlton Montreal. Great customer service, a lovely suite and tasty food treats made this the perfect stop for our anniversary.
Around Montreal we found so much great outdoor art. And the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts was a short walk from the hotel.
One day we wandered around the Old Port area and into Old Montreal for lunch. There were lots of fun things to do along the waterfront.
For our last view of Montreal, we took a harbour cruise along the St Lawrence. This finished up the first of our road trip stops in Quebec.
Enjoying The Outdoors Around Saguenay
From our stay in Montreal we travelled along the St Lawrence and then up the west side of the Saguenay River along the Fjord Route. The mountainous roads ran beside the fjords on the river. We stopped in several stops and enjoyed the view.
From Saguenay we took a day trip around Lac St Jean. This route was marked as the Blueberry Trail and we certainly found blueberry treats along the way. We made several stops in small towns and wandered on the waterfront.
The area was known for the rapids in the rivers. We found several areas where we stopped for a view of the rushing waters. And saw large hydroelectric dams which drew the power from this rushing water.
On our return drive to the St Lawrence River, we took the Fjord route on the west side. And found calm and tranquil lakes on our early morning transit.
Great outdoor adventures in the Saguenay area made this one of our fun road trip stops in Quebec.
Whale Watching From Tadoussac
We booked our whale watching from Tadoussac on the fast zodiac boats with AML Croisiere Aux Baleines. After a slow loading process we finally left the harbour and headed out into the St Lawrence River and joined the other boats on the calm seas.
We got our first sighting of a group of seals. And then several groups of fin whales lazily swam past. With lots of food in the river at this point, the whales seemed to just glide on the surface.
The captain moved the boat to deeper waters and found a group of humpback whales spouting on the surface. Everyone was excited when we finally saw a tail as one whale dived deep.
We finally saw one group of beluga whales shining white just below the surface. And on a quick trip up the Saguenay River there was a quick glimpse of another beluga. Back on shore we had a chance to learn more about the amazing Beluga whales.
We were glad we booked whale watching from Tadoussac. Even if the whale show was not quite as exciting as the amazing whale watching experience we had in British Columbia. Whale watching is certainly one of the exciting road trip stops in Quebec.
Ferry Crossing From Les Escoumins To Trois Pistoles
After our whale watching in Tadoussac, we drove up the coast along the Côte-Nord. This was known as the Whale Trail (“La Route des Baleines”). A short stop at Longue Rive at the Chute de Sault Au Mouton provided us with a view of waterfalls. And the vast expanse of mud at low tide.
We crossed from the north coast of the St Lawrence River at Les Escoumins and landed on the south coast at Trois Pistoles. It was a 90 minute ferry ride on smooth seas.
We knew there were whales on the river and we were not disappointed. That night we rolled in late to Mt Joli before we headed south to New Brunswick.
Road Trip Stops In Quebec Missed The Gaspé Peninsula
After our visit to the Atlantic provinces, we planned to stop for two nights in New Francis on the Gaspé peninsula. This was to be our base for a day trip further up the coast to see the Percé Rock. But as we travelled we watched the Gaspé weather. We really did not want a long driving day in the rain. When the weather forecast continued to be wet, we finally cancelled this stop in Quebec.
We would plan a long visit and see more of the Gaspé peninsula on another trip. And since we missed Labrador when we travelled in Newfoundland, maybe we would add Labrador to a Gaspé trip.
Finishing Up In Quebec City
When we did our first road trip itinerary, we planned for 3 days in Quebec City at the start of the trip. And then the dates all moved when we had to work around available ferry dates. We then planned for 3 days in in Quebec City at the end of the trip. But when we shuffled plans to cancel our visit to Gaspé we ended up with only one night in Quebec City.
We visited Quebec City on our first trip to Eastern Canada. And enjoyed some time in the old town.
On this visit it was hard to find a hotel in Quebec City on the weekend. We finally got one at the Hotel Pur (a Tribute Portolio Hotel in the Marriott group). It was a long drive from our stop in Moncton in New Brunswick, so we planned an easy evening. We wandered along the pedestrian streets and found the Nina Pizzeria recommended by the hotel concierge. A great Neapolitan style pizza, a large salad and an Aperol Spritz was the perfect light dinner.
Quebec City needed far more than one day on a road trip in Quebec. Even as a return visit!
A Stop At Montmorency Falls
We had one thing on our plans for Quebec City for this trip. After an early breakfast, we packed and headed to the east side of the city and explored the Montmorency Falls. We started at top of the falls at Manoir Montmorency. We got our first views from the top at the observation platform and from the suspension bridge.
When we climbed part way down the stairs, we got a view of the Montmorency Falls from the front. From there we got a great panoramic view of the site.
There were many ways to enjoy the Montmorency Falls. On this quick visit, we got soma amazing views. But one day we will head back for more.
Such Variety In The Road Trip Stops In Quebec
On our long road trip around Atlantic Canada, we enjoyed some road trip stops in Quebec at the beginning and end.
We splurged with some city time in Montreal and Quebec City. We explored the great outdoors in the Saguenay region and enjoyed a visit to the Montmorency Falls outside Quebec City. Whale watching in Tadoussac was a fun outdoor adventure.
It was wonderful to add in some great stops in Quebec on our road trip to Eastern Canada.
Have you done some great road trip stops in Quebec? Did you have a favourite spot we missed?
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