Overview

Western Quebec - known for its wide-open spaces and year-round adventure. Throw some culture and sheer relaxation into the mix and you have the recipe for a memorable Quebec RV Vacation. This 14 day suggested itinerary will take you through three of Quebec's south-west regions where excitement and the great outdoors go hand in hand.
Duration
14 DAYS
Distance
2100km / 1305mi
Region
Quebec

Route - 2100 km / 1305 mi

Day Location Distance Duration
01 Montreal to Mont Tremblant 98 km / 61 mi Approx. 1 hour 5 minutes
02 Mont Tremblant National Park and Lake Supérieur 100 km / 62 mi All Day
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04 Mont Tremblant to Montagne du Diable Regional Park 158 km / 98 mi Approx. 2 hours
05 Montagne du Diable Regional Park to Val d'Or 317 km / 197 mi Approx. 3 hours 30 minutes
06 Val d'Or and Amos 100 km / 62 mi All day
07 Amos to Ville Marie via Rouyn-Noranda 526 km / 327 mi Approx. 5 hours 45 minutes
08 Ville Marie 100 km / 62 mi All day
09 Laniel to Mansfield and Bryson 296 km / 184 mi Approx. 3 hours 26 minutes
10 Bryson and Mansfield
11 Bryson to Ottawa 92 km / 57 mi Approx. 1 hour 15 minutes
12 Gatineau/Chelsea/Ottawa 100 km / 62 mi All day
13 Ottawa to Montebello 84 km / 52 mi Approx. 1 hour
14 Montebello to Montreal 130 km / 81 mi Approx. 1 hour 26 minutes

Trip Details

Stop at Saint Saveur, a quaint village with unique shops and fabulous finds, en route to Mont Tremblant. The Mont Tremblant area has numerous campgrounds, along with a large campground at Mont Tremblant National Park – be sure to book your preferred campground before you travel.

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Ziptrek Ecotours @ Mont Tremblant
Camping Mont Tremblant National Park

Spend two days exploring Mont Tremblant National Park. How about some hiking, canoeing, biking or fishing? Take a flightseeing tour for a different view of the landscape or perhaps a horseback tour. More adventurous travellers might like to navigate the Vache Noire rock face on the Via Ferrata Du Diable.   Energetic or relaxing - the choice is entirely yours!

Discover Devil's Mountain and enjoy spectacular views from one of its four summits. The wild beauty of this regional park has more than 80km of spectacular walking trails for all ages and abilities.

Choose to spend more time today in Montagne du Diable Regional Park before continuing on to Val d'Or or just hit the road and see what the day brings.  Perhaps stop off at one of the many lakes along Hwy 117 to relax or maybe rent a canoe.

 

Explore the mine at Cité d'Or and learn about daily life of miners of the past. Live a unique experience by going 300 feet undergraound to see where the miners spent their days then wander around the surface buildings where you are introduced to the transformation of gold.

Greet orphaned moose, wolves, foxes and bears at Refuge Pageau in Amos. Follow a 1.5 km trail around the refuge, either self-guided or with an interpreter.  Picnic areas are available around the site during high season to for visitors who would like to extend their stay. 

If you have an extra day in your schedule you might like to break this day into two and visit Aigubelle National Park. Beaver, moose, heron and osprey call this park home and great hiking trails take you to a variety of geological phenomena. Cross a 22 metre high suspension bridge and admire the spectacular scenery. 

The road to Ville Marie takes you through the town of Rouyn-Noranda. The Magasin général Dumulon is a must stop here. Built by Jos Dumulon and his family in 1924, it is now a history museum and one of the main historic sites in the town.  Whilst in town, call in at St George's Russian Orthodox Church, now a historic interpretation centre managed by La  maison Dumulon.

Continue on to Ville-Marie, one of the oldest towns in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region.

Ten minutes from Ville Marie, at the confluence of the Ottawa River and Lake Timiskaming lie the remnants of Fort Témiscamingue, an old fur trading post originally established by Montreal merchants around 1679.. Little now remains of the last Fort built there but the site is notable for its cultural and natural heritage. Parks Canada have partnered with the Timiskaming First Nation to preserve the site through exhibits and reenactments highlighting the place’s cultural history. Take a walk in the “Enchanted Forest” and explore the park’s three distinct natural areas. Learn about the rivalry between French and English settlers for control of the fur trade.

Later, continue on to Laniel to visit Opermican National Park, the newest of Quebec’s provincial parks. Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle Lake Kipawa, rent a bike or stroll along the beach. Visit the welcome centre and learn some First Nations legends. Parc national d’Opermican is a place of breathtaking beauty.

A leisurely drive today as you make your way to Bryson and Mansfield. Most of today's drive is within the province of Ontario as the road crosses the river at Long Sault Island, winding its way down the Ottawa River before crossing back into Quebec near Pembroke. Small towns dot the highway and opportunities for fishing abound. Those interested in military history might find the Petawawa Military Museum a worthwhile stop.

Highway 148 takes you by the Marchand Covered Bridge, the longest in Quebec.  While the bridge is undergoing restoration, neither vehicular nor pedestrian traffic is possible but it's worth finding a vantage point to appreciate the beauty of this pine bridge and take photos.

Let Rafting Momentum take you down the Ottawa River for an ultimate white water experience. Before heading down to Bryson for this adrenalin-pumping experience, take the short drive out to Chutes Coulonge Park.

The park has its roots in the timber trade when the area was a big supplier of squared timber to Great Britain after the American Revolution and Napoleonic Wars cut of timber supplies for ship masts from other areas. The hiking, tree-top obstacle course, zip lines and Via Ferrata at Chutes Coulonge Park will have your heart racing.

After spending the past week in small towns and spectacular countryside, some might find Canada's National Capital Region a welcome change.  Gatineau is the fourth largest city in Quebec with a population of 1.3 million. Across the river, Ottawa's population slightly outnumbers that of Gatineau by around 100,000 people.
The area is home to seven national museums and numerous outdoor spaces. 

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Visit the Canadian Museum of History to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage. You will appreciate the views from here over the Ottawa River of Parliament Hill. Take a cruise on the historic Rideau Canal or ride the Amphibus for a sea and land perspective of Ottawa and Gatineau. More outdoor recreation awaits at Gatineau Park where climbing, hiking, kayaking or fishing might be the order of the day.  While in the Park, visit the Mackenzie King Estate and the Carbide Wilson Ruins.

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History has been well preserved in the town of Montebello, founded in 1878 by Louis-Joseph Papineau and named after the property he built in the area.  The town is home to a number of artisan stores including a fromagerie and a chocolaterie.

Nearby is the world's largest log castle owned by Fairmont Resorts.  The restaurants here feature exquisite menus with regional products.

Visit Louis-Joseph Papineau's home, Manoir Papineau National Historic Site, operated by Parks Canada. (Closed in 2020 for conservation work).

A visit to Parc Omega is a must while in Montebello.  A drive through this 890 hectare park will have you up close and personal (from a safe distance) with Canadian wildlife in their natural habitats.



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From Montebello, it's only a short drive back to Montreal.  If you are dropping off you RV today, this will enable you to return your RV on time.  If you are spending some time in Montreal, there's a lot to see and do.  Set on an island in the Saint Lawrence River, it is the largest city in Quebec province.  The best way to see the downtown area is on foot.  Bus tours, walking tours and boat tours are all on offer and the public transit is great. Leave you RV at your campsite and explore.

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Beaver Tails - Old Montreal
Beaver Tails - Old Port
Fantomes Montreal Ghosts
Guidatour Montreal
Le Bateau Mouche
Lac Lafontaine RV Park - A Parkbridge Resort

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