Quebec City and its fortified colonial Old Town offer history, culture and entertainment for visitors, as well as easy access to the beautiful surrounding Canadian countryside. From Quebec City, head north along the shores of the Saint Lawrence River aboard a vintage diesel train, visit the many waterfalls at the confluence of the Saint Lawrence and her estuaries, enjoy small villages and national parks, or head to Montreal for a taste of Quebec province’s largest metropolitan area. Scroll to see the full list with photos or jump to the table of contents.


Aventures Nord-Bec Stoneham

Aventures Nord-Bec Stoneham

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Just thirty minutes north of Quebec City Aventures Nord Bec Stoneham is a winter paradise where guests can enjoy a dog sled ride, learn how to drive a dog sled, and take a kennel tour, among other adventures. The Sky and Snow package includes a dog sledding lesson as well as a helicopter tour above Jacques Cartier River and valley. Tours range from 1 hour to 24. Enjoy a dog sled ride as a passenger followed by hot coffee, tea and homemade cookies, or enjoy an adventurous experience with outdoor winter survival activities. Dogs are well cared for and trained as elite athletes, and raised on a mixture of beef, chicken, pork and warm soup.

4 Chemin des Anémones, Stoneham (Québec), G3C OA4, Phone: 418-848-3732


Baie-Saint-Paul

Baie-Saint-Paul

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Baie-Saint-Paul is located on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River at the mouth of the Gouffre River. The seat of the Charlevoix Municipality, the town is known for its artist and artisan community, galleries and shops, placing it among the cultural capitals of Canada. Museums include the Baie-Saint-Paul Contemporary Art Museum, as well as the Economuse de Fromage, or the Economy of Cheese Museum. See milk cartons from the 1950’s, take a tour to learn about regional cheese production, and buy local varieties at the museum shop. The Route de Flueve, a winding, scenic road that parallels the St. Lawrence River is popular with cyclists. Enjoy views of the water at the Boise du Quai, and in town, be sure to visit the Eglise de Baie-Saint-Paul.

Baie-Saint-Paul, Charlevoix


Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area

Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area

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Close to Saint-Joachim in the Quebec province, the Cap Tourment National Wildlife Area is important as a habitat for migrating snow geese. It’s forests, plains, and marshlands are located along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River and was recognized in 1981 as a Wetland of International Significance. The wildlife area is also home to the ruins of several 400 year old buildings, evidence of early farming and settlements in the area, placing it among the founding communities of Canada. Visit the interpretation center, enjoy over 13 miles of hiking trails, or partake in guided educational programs.

Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area, 570 chemin du Cap-Tourmente, Saint-Joachim, Québec G0A 3X0, Phone: 418-827-3776


Casino de Charlevoix

Casino de Charlevoix

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The Casino de Charlevoix is located in La Malbaie on the shore of the St. Lawrence River. Enjoy traditional casino games, from slot machines to black jack. Restaurants include Le Saint Laurent, with panoramic views overlooking the river, the casual La Rotisserie St. Hubert, and Table et Terrior, offering a contemporary local menu with river views. Bar 21 and Bar Le Brise offer nightlife at the casino and both offer liev music and entertainment. The Casino is located next door to the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, which is home to a full service day spa, and indoor and outdoor pool.

Casino de Charlevoix, 183, rue Richelieu, La Malbaie (QC) G5A 1X8, Phone: 418 665-5300


Grosse Ile

Grosse Ile

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Grosse Ile, an island on the Saint Lawrence River, was once a quarantine station for immigrants arriving to Canada between 1832 and 1937. Now home of the Irish Memorial National Historic Site, the island is the largest burial ground outside of Ireland for Irish immigrants fleeing Ireland’s great famine. Many died of typhus, which was contracted along their journey. The island offers several themed tours in the peak season such as the Irish Heritage Tour, from Beliefs to Science, and the Life in Saint Luc de la Grosse Île tour. Explore the Irish cemetery and memorial, learn about the Celtic cross, and see the disenfection building and historic ambulances.

Grosse Ile, Quebec


Ile d’Orleans

Ile d’Orleans

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Ile d’Orleans is an island in the Saint Lawrence River, directly across from Old Quebec City. The island is accessible by bridge. After a 15 minute drive visitors find themselves in a rural, agricultural paradise just outside the downtown area. At the tip of the island in Saint Petronille tour a local vineyard. In Saint-Laurent, learn about the island’s maritime history at Parc Maritime. Saint-Jean is known for its preserved houses dating back to the mid 1800’s. Climb to the top of the observation tower in Saint-Francois for views of the entire archipelago. The 17th century Maison Druoin is in Sainte-Famille, the island’s oldest parish. While Saint-Pierre is home to the island’s visitor center and tourist shops.

Ile D’Orleans, Quebec


Le Chateau Frontenac

Le Chateau Frontenac

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The historic 1893 Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is more than a hotel, and open for tours to allow the public to see the newly renovated hotel lobby and historic artifacts, some of which date back over 400 years. The Chateau is located on the site of the Saint-Louis Forts and Chateau, which was the official residence of the British and French governors for over 200 years. Famous past guests of the hotel include Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Grace of Monaco, and Charlie Chaplin. It was also the filming location for Hitcock’s 1953 film, I Confess. Guided tours are available through Cicerone Tours.

Le Chateau Frontenac, 1 Rue des Carrières, Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Phone: 418-692-3861


Le Train de Charlevoix

Le Train de Charlevoix

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From Quebec City’s Gare du Palais, a shuttle bus takes visitors to the start of the Train de Charlevoix. The train travels alongside Canada’s scenic Saint Lawrence River, past seven cliffside towns, and through the mountains to La Malbaie. Several packages are available allowing guests to make stops for whale watching, the Observatoire de Charlevoix, or the Massif gondola. Gourmet meals on board include breakfast buffets, tasting menus, wine and champagne. Hop off at any stop, including the artist’s community Baie-Saint-Paul, at the Casino de Charlevoix, or for a tour of maritime heritage at Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive. Bring binoculars to enjoy views of the wildlife and migrating waterfowl.

Le Train de Charlevoix, 50 Rue de la Ferme, Baie-Saint-Paul, QC G3Z 2J8, Phone: 418-240-4124


Levis

Levis

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Quebec’s Levis Forts National Historic Site preserves three detached British forts built to protect Quebec City from American invasion between 1865 and 1872. Fort Number 1 can be toured by the public, who stroll through vaulted underground tunnels, view underground firing ranges, casemates and a powder magazine. Built while Canada was still a British colony, the first were built with over 500 British soldiers working for 7 years. They are demonstrative of the latest technology at the time. Inside walls were built with Gauvreau, a black cement native to Quebec. Ironically, construction was never kept secret and swarms of American tourists visited the site from its inception. Outside of the winter months, guided tours operate daily.

Levis, 41 Chemin du Gouvernement, Lévis, QC G6V 7B1, Phone: 418-835-5182


Montmorency Falls

Montmorency Falls

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Quebec’s Montmorency Falls are located with the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency. Located just 15 minutes from Old Quebec City, the 272-foot tall majestic falls are a historic site. The falls are located at the junction of where the Montmorency River drops into the Saint Lawrence River. A full 100 feet taller than Niagara Falls, they are a spectacular force of nature, protected by the surrounding Montmorency Falls Park, or Parc de la Chute-Montmorency. View the falls by hiking down a long staircase to a viewing platform, via the suspension bridge which traverses the river above the falls, or from the gondola which takes visitors from the base of the falls to the top.

5300 Boulevard Sainte-Anne, Québec, QC G1C 1S1, Phone: 844-522-4883


Montreal

Montreal

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Montreal is the largest city in Canada’s Quebec providence and is bustling with energ and things to do. Located on an island on the St. Lawrence River, Montreal is formed of several neighborhoods that were once independent cities, giving each a unique personality. Montreal is home to hundreds of years of history, stunning architecture, diverse museums and culture. Visit the old port, the Buckminster Fuller’s Biosphere, and the Quartier International, UNESCO’s first North American City of Design. Museums include the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC), and the McCord Museum of social history. Enjoy world class dining and cosmopolitan nightlife.

Montreal, Quebec


Mont-Saint-Anne

Mont-Saint-Anne

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The Mont-Saint-Anne ski resort is located less than 25 miles northeast of Quebec City. The mountain’s summit is 2,600 feet, and ski slopes offer a drop of over 2,000 feet. Enjoy ski and snowboard trails, snowparks, and cross-country trails. The mountain’s south side offers most of the black diamond trails accessed by four high speed chairlifts, while the north side offers beginner and intermediate friendly skiing or snowboarding. Eight dining options at the mountain include everything from burgers and snacks to the local menu at Le Bistro Château Mont-Sainte-Anne. In the summer months, enjoy hiking and mountain biking on the trails, with golfing nearby.

2000 Boulevard du Beau Pré, Beaupré, QC G0A 1E0, Phone: 418-827-4561


Parc de la Chute-Montmorency

Parc de la Chute-Montmorency

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Quebec’s Parc de la Chute-Montmorency is just a 15 minute drive from the city center. The park’s main attraction is the nearly 300-foot tall waterfall, Chute-Montmorency. The falls are located at the convergence of the Montmorency River and the Saint Lawrence. The falls may be viewed via cable car, which takes visitors to the Manoir overlooking the falls, from a suspension bridge that hangs over the falls themselves, or from a viewing platform accessed by a 487-step staircase. The park’s Manoir restaurant is also home to an interpretative visitor’s center, four dining options, and a dairy bar.

5300 Boulevard Sainte-Anne, Québec, QC G1C 1S1, Phone: 844-522-4883


Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier

Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier

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Quebec’s Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier is just 30 minutes from the city center. The national park preserves one of the area’s most scenic mountainous valley regions. Vast plateaus of coniferous forest frame deep valleys where the Jacques Cartier River has sliced into the landscape, in some places as deep as 1,800 feet. Enjoy over 60 miles of hiking trails, and in the summer, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, or fishing. The park is open year round and winter excursions include snowshoeing, backcountry skiing and hiking, and sledding. Guided tours and adventures are available.

103 Chemin du Parc-National, Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury, QC G3C 2T5, Phone: 418-848-3169


Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park

Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park

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Canada’s Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park protects over 300,000 acres of land framing the Saguenay River Fjord where it meets the lower Saint Lawrence River. Park entrances are located throughout four distinct tourist regions, Charlevoix, the lower Saint Lawrence, the north shore of the Saguenay, and the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean. The marine park is most popular for whale watching, as the only place in the world where both Beluga whales and the blue whale meet up. May through October are the best months to see the endangered species by cruise, zodiac, kayak or under sail. Additional activities include diving and snorkeling, or hiking along the high cliffs overlooking the fjord.

182 Rue de l'Église, Tadoussac, QC G0T 2A0, Phone: 418-235-4703


Saint-Anne-de Beaupre

Saint-Anne-de Beaupre

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The basilica and shrine of Saint-Anne-de Beaupre is located 19 miles east of Quebec along the Saint Lawrence River, and is one of five national shrines in Canada recognized by the Catholic Church. Over 500,000 pilgrims visit the important site each year, most arriving during the Feast of Saint Anne, Quebec’s patron saint, on July 26th. The shrine dates back to 1658. The present day church was built in 1926, after a fire destroyed the first structure. The Romanesque Revival cathedral is adorned with sculpted stations of the cross, artwork depicting the life of Jesus, and stained glass windows. Crutches and canes are left at the church by those who say a visit to Saint Anne healed them.

10 018 avenue Royale, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré (QC), G0A 3C0, Phone: 418-827-3781


St. Anne’s Canyon

St. Anne’s Canyon

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Canyon Saint-Anne is a natural wonder in Quebec, carved into the landscape by the 42-foot tall Sainte-Anne Falls, which are higher than Niagara Falls. Three suspension bridges and viewing platforms let visitors look down upon the spectacular views. More adventurous travelers will enjoy Air Canyon, a zip line offering a thrilling 30 mile per hour ride over the falls. Facilities include the Canyon Saint-Anne restaurant, with outdoor dining on a terrace under the trees. Everyone can view the falls, as the site is wheelchair accessible and shuttle rides are available to the top. The site is open to the public from May through October.

St. Anne’s Canyon, 206, Route 138 Est, Case postale 2087, Beaupré, Quebec, G0A 1E0, Phone: 418-827-4057


Station Duchesnay

Station Duchesnay

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Station touristique Duchesnay is a year-round resort located northwest of Quebec City along the shores of Lac Saint-Joseph. The resort gives access to several outdoor adventures, including hiking and boating in the warmer months, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Abraska Duchesnay is a treetop ropes course offering 85 stations, for a total of 5 possible circuits. Abraska’s extreme loop includes the mega zip line. The wooden Super Labyrinthe Inukshuck is a complicated maze with one-way doors that takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. Enjoy nearly 20 miles of hiking trails and wildlife viewing. Bear watching from the observation tower is popular mid-June to mid-October when black bears show up almost daily in the afternoons. Resort facilities include an indoor pool and the Bistro Bar Le Quatre-Temps.

Station Duchesnay, 140, montée de l’Auberge, Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier (Québec) G3N 2Y6, Phone: 418-875-2122


Tadoussac

Tadoussac

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Tadoussac is a small town in Quebec and likely the world’s best place for whale watching. Located at the junction of the salty Saint Lawrence River and the freshwater Saguenay River, the confluence of underwater currents makes it an ideal breeding ground for plankton, a whale’s main food. Thirteen different species of whales have been recorded in the area, including the breathtaking blue whale and the endangered beluga whale. While whales can be seen year round, some types of whales do have a season, with migratory whales present from May through October. Whale watch via boat tour, or aboard a smaller, more agile zodiac. Full and half day tours via kayak are available through Mar et Monde for a more active and yet up close, experience with the whales.

Tadoussac, Quebec


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