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Sample Tours: Central Canada

Why Not Quebec?

From the mostly rural Montérégie region just south of Montréal, through the Eastern Townships to the heart of Québec, up to Lanaudiere, and on to the cradle of industry in Mauricie, you couldn’t ask for a more inviting province in which to take an RV vacation. Cultural and natural wonders abound, especially for the outdoors enthusiast. Paddle or hike through marshes and wetland, watch for birds in the Lac Saint-Pierre archipelago. Bond with nature while RVing in Quebec this Summer and enjoy the active pastimes this province was made for.

RVing in Quebec not only provides you with the opportunity to explore the province’s diverse landscapes, wildlife and culture, but also offers other benefits. Most of all, RVing allows for flexibility and spontaneity. How else can you travel without ever needing to book a room? And if you find that special place …. stay a while. On the other hand, if you feel the need to explore, there’s nothing to stop you from moving on to a different campground every night!

Duration: 11 Days 
Total Distance: 2000 km/1250 mi


Quebec Province Tour Map view larger map
Itinerary
Montreal Skyline
Day 1 - Pick up your vehicle in Montreal

Call CanaDream’s office in Saint Janvier shortly after 08:00 this morning to schedule your pickup time for today. If you are staying in an Airport hotel we will pick you up at your designated pickup time. Allow 1-2 hours at CanaDream to process your paperwork and learn about the operation of your CanaDream camper. When you’ve finished at CanaDream head out on Highway 20 towards Brampton, stopping en route to stock up on groceries and fill up with gas.

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As pickup times are generally between 13:00 and 16:00, plan to travel only a short distance today - perhaps finding a camping spot not too far out of the city   Ask our friendly Montreal staff for recommendations. This will enable you to familiarise yourself with your vehicle and get organised before heading out of Montreal on Day 2. You are welcome to explore the area in your RV but please be aware that you are not permitted to park your RV within 20km of downtown Montreal. If you are planning to go downtown, please leave your vehicle at your campsite and take public transport to downtown areas. 

Riviere du Loop
Day 2 - Montreal to Riviere-du-Loup – 427 km/267 mi

Renowned for its beautiful sunsets, Riviere-du-Loup (French for Wolf River) is situated between Québec City and the Gaspé Peninsula on the southern shore of the St. Lawrence River. The city is small with a population of just 21000, yet it features a range of activities for travellers looking to make it a stop on a trip through southern Quebec.  

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Riviere-du-Loup Waterfall Park and Petit Temis Interprovincial Linear Park/North Section offer nature-lovers the opportunity to experience some local outdoor activities and excitement. Those interested in learning about the region's history and culture can visit the Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent, which preserves and exhibits contemporary Québecois art, or visit the Manoir Seigneurial Fraser to learn about the lives of a local family circa the early 19th century. Rodeo Country (late June/early July) gives residents and visitors the chance to experience a bit of the Wild West, while the Pleins Feux Riviere-du-Loup fireworks festival (late June) shows off the city's sunset before the pyrotechnic display lights up the sky.  

Perce Rock
Day 3 - Riviere-du-Loup to Percé – 550 km/345 mi

Enjoy the passing seascapes from the comfort of your CanaDream motorhome before arriving in the lovely village of Percé. Some suggested activities during your stay in Percé are the cruise around Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island; this natural bird sanctuary is home to over 80,000 gannets. 

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Percé is a very popular tourist village during the summer and, if you are travelling during that time, we recommend you phone ahead to reserve your campground spot. Percé has some excellent trails for those who enjoy hiking. The most popular is the path to Mont-Sainte-Anne, the left fork of which leads to commanding view of Percé Rock, Bonaventure Island and the surrounding coastline.

Gaspe Penninsula
Day 4 - Gaspé Penninsula

With so much to do and see on the Gaspé Penninsula, you'll most likely decide to spend a few extra days here. For many people even a week won't be enough to experience all the Penninsula has to offer.  

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The beautiful drive encircling the Gaspé Peninsula offers magnificent views of the rugged coastline as well as mountain scenery. Visit lovely Forillon National Park; pause at Hyman’s General Store (seasonal), which inspires memories of days gone by, be blown away at Le Nordais - one of the largest windmill parks in Canada and enjoy the serenity of the Mètis Gardens, featuring 40 acres of developed gardens and a manor.

Cap des Rossiers Lighthouse
Day 5 - Percé to Matane to Baie-Comeau – 347 km/217 mi

Your journey today takes you through some of the most beautiful coastal scenery Quebec has to offer. In this breathtaking landscape, discover the various ecosystems of the gulf and the history of its fishers. Visit Canada's tallest lighthouse in Cap-des-Rosiers. 

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Past here, the road curves westward through a changing landscape of sea and mountains. Travel from lighthouse to lighthouse to arrive in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, at the edge of Gaspesie National Park. Here, hiking lovers can venture to Mount Albert or Mount Jacques-Cartier, in search of the caribou that inhabit the arctic tundra at their summits. Continue on to the town of Matane, famous for its shrimps and well-known for its excellent salmon fishing. From this small fishing port, the Quebec Government operates a passenger and vehicle ferry across the St Lawrence River to Baie-Comeau on the Côte-Nord. Ferry sailing times vary according to the time of year and we recommend you telephone the ferry service toll-free on 1-877-562-6560 for their updated sailing schedule. Try to time your arrival in Matane to connect with the next available ferry then relax as you enjoy the voyage across to Baie Comeau, a town where land, sea and sky meet in an ever changing visual dynamic. The town is 99% French speaking and boasts some fine restaurants which you may like to visit. Spend the night here before continuing on to Tadoussac and the Charlevoix region. 

Baie Comeau
Day 6 - Baie-Comeau to Tadoussac – 199 km/124 mi

You can take it easy today as it's only a short drive from Baie-Comeau to Tadoussac. This will give you plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and perhaps take some time out for hiking, sea kayaking or whale watching.  

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The marine life in this part of Quebec is amazing so be sure to stop and observe. Tonight's destination is the beatiful town of Tadoussac. Tadoussac is a small village surrounded by hills, rocky coastline, and the majesty of the St Lawrence River. In 1998 the charming beauty of the bay of Tadoussac made it a member of the Select Club of the World's Thirty Most Beautiful Bays and visitors to the area can easily see why. Here the Saguenay River Fjord meets the St

Lawrence River. The Tadoussac Hotel, built in 1866, shines like a beckoning light to visitors and locals alike and the village's charming old houses are a photographer's dream. As Canada's oldest village, Tadoussac celebrated its 400 year anniversary in the year 2000. Whether you are a nature lover, a whale watcher, a history buff or just enjoy the great outdoors, you are sure to spend some memorable moments in Tadoussac. You will find a choice of camping grounds here - Camping Domaine des Dunes is open year-round and offers a few sites for motorhomes. Camping Tadoussac has a larger number of sites but is seasonal, operating from 26 May to 18 September.

Tadoussac
Day 7 - Tadoussac to Quebec - 215 km/134 mi

Another easy day as you head towards Quebec City in your CanaDream RV. You may wish to spend more time in the Tadoussac area today before making your way south, just enjoying the peace and solitude of the area. 

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On a direct route, your drive to Quebec City should take less than 3 hours however you might like to consider taking highway 172 west to Chicoutimi on the north side of the Saguenay Fjord then driving back to St-Simeon on Highway 170. This route will take you the length of the Fjord and there are a number of minor roads leading into the Fjord which you may like to explore.  

Alternatively, from Chicoutimi, you may like to take the mountain route to Quebec through the Laurentians - breathtaking mountain vistas or coastal scenery - the choice is yours! Either way, your final destination today is Quebec City, one of the oldest settlements in Canada and the largest city in eastern Quebec. Quebec's Old Town (Vieux-Québec) is the only North American fortified city north of Mexico whose walls still exist. It was declared a World heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 as the "Historic District of Old Quebec".

Quebec City
Day 8 - In Quebec

You have a whole day to explore and take in the atmosphere and French history in this beautiful city. We suggest you leave your CanaDream motorhome at your campsite and take public transport downtown and to the Old City. Many of this city's attractions are east of Old Quebec. This area has a distinct European feel unique in North America with its stone buildings and winding streets lined with shops and restaurants.  

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St Louis Gate (Porte St-Louis) and St Jean Gate (Porte St-Jean) are the main gates through the walls from the modern section of downtown. West of the walls are the Colline-Parlementaire (Parliament Hill) district and the Plaines d'Abraham (Plains of Abraham). Quebec City's skyline is dominated by the massive Château Frontenac Hotel, perched on top of Cap-Diamant. The hotel is beside the Terrasse Dufferin (Dufferin Terrace), a walkway along the edge of the cliff, offering beautiful views of the Saint Lawrence River.

Near the Château Frontenac is Notre-Dame de Québec Cathedral, mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Quebec. It is the first church in the New World to be made a basilica and is the primatial church of Canada. The Terrasse Dufferin leads toward the nearby Plains of Abraham, site of the battle in which the British took Quebec from France, and the Citadel of Quebec, a Canadian Forces installation and the federal vice-regal secondary residence. The National Assembly, Quebec's provincial legislature, is also near the Citadelle.

The Haute-Ville (Upper Town) is linked by the Escalier Casse-Cou (literally "neck-breaker steps") and a funicular to the Basse-Ville (Lower Town), which includes such sites as the ancient Notre Dame des Victoires church, the historic Petit Champlain district, the port, and the Musée de la Civilisation (Museum of Civilization). Laval University is located in the western end of the city, in the borough of Sainte-Foy. However, Laval University's school of architecture is located in Vieux Quebec. The central campus of the Université du Québec is also located in Quebec City. Cannon balls are placed beside "Château Frontenac."

You can easily spend a whole day exploring these attractions. 

Quebec Old City
Day 9 - Quebec to Trois-Rivieres - 128 km/80 mi

Today we leave Quebec City and continue our journey south to Trois-Rivieres (Three Rivers). The city is so named because of its location at the three-pronged mouth of the Saint-Maurice River. The city's inhabitants are known as "Trifluviens".  

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Trois-Rivieres has been a world capital in the pulp and paper industry since the 1930s and other prominent industries in the city include electronics and thermoplastics, as well as the production of food crops and cabinetmaking. The city's main street is composed of century-old buildings housing a great variety of cafes, restaurants, clubs, bars and shops. Notable landmarks include the Forges du Saint-Maurice, a foundry dating back to the 1730s, the Ursulines Monastery, and the Basilica of Notre-Dame-du-Cap. Trois-Rivieres is well known on the North American motor racing circuit, hosting the Grand-Prix de Trois-Rivieres, the prestigious American Le Mans series and the Formula Atlantic. 

Trois Rivieres
Day 10 - Trois Rivieres to Montreal – 140 km/87 mi

If you didn't get time to sight-see in Montreal when you arrived, now is your opportunity. With only a short drive ahead of you from Trois Rivieres to Montreal, you should have lots of time today to check out some of Montreal's tourist attractions.  

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Again we remind you that, due to high crime rates in the downtown Montreal area, you are not permitted to leave your RV unattended within a 20km radius of downtown Montreal.  Montreal is the largest French speaking city in the Western Hemisphere and the second largest city in Canada with just under 4 million people living in the Greater Montreal Area.

The Montreal Tourist information center will be able to provide you with a long list of things to do and see while in Montreal. Some of our suggestions are the Montreal Biodome, Biosphere, Christ Church Cathedral, Marie-Reine-du-Monde Cathedral, Centre Bell, the Canadian Architecture Museum, the Montreal History Museum, the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal Botanical Gardens and L'Île Notre-Dame. 

Fall in Montreal
Day 11 - Return RV to Montreal Station

It's time to pack up today in preparation for returning your RV to CanaDream's Montreal station. Return time is between 8.00am and 10.00am. If you require a ride to the airport we would be happy to take you there. 

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If you are staying longer in Montreal we can transport you to an airport hotel. Please let the CanaDream staff know            when you drop off your vehicle.

CanaDream has RV rental depots in locations across Canada. Be sure to visit our other tour pages for ideas about RV vacations in other provinces.

 




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