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The list of greatness in Eastern Quebec is endless. Forests, lakes, (very) wide open spaces, islands, fjords, colors that amaze us all seasons … There, nature is adorned with its most beautiful beauty that invites you to a journey. dream. Set at the gates of this opulent landscape, Quebec City splendidly illustrates the rich cultural heritage of this vast region that draws its roots in both Aboriginal and European cultures.
To prepare for your trip, discover our top 10 favorites between nature and culture in this wonderful eastern region of Quebec.
Your stay here will surely begin, in the alleys steeped in the history(s) of Old Quebec, and set in the sanctuary of its ramparts. Perched on its natural outcrop, the city gazes gently down the Saint Lawrence River, just as you would surely do with your dazzling eyes.
Strolling in Quebec is like stepping back centuries, especially along the cobbled streets of its historic heart lined with stone houses, passing through Place Royal or Notre Dame de Victoire in Petit Champlain.
In the upper town, the Dufferin Terrace invites you to take a wonderful stroll with a view of St. Lawrence, at the foot of the famous Château Frontenac. Nevertheless, he kept a little energy to discover the religious heritage through the Notre Dame Basilica in particular, the Anglican cathedral, and the Ursuline and Augustine monasteries.
Finally, don’t miss the Grande Allée buildings, the castle, the Parc des Champs de Bataille, and several museums, including the Musée des Beaux-Arts and Civilization. To end the day well, sample the local gastronomy at one of the best restaurants in town. What are you doing good!
Parc de la Chute-Montmorency and Île d’Orléans
At the gates of Quebec City, nature reigns supreme as the Montmorency Falls, located just 15 minutes from Old Quebec City. With a height of 83 meters, he is taller in head (30 meters) than his fellow Niagara: Yes! Climb up the cable car to enjoy the magic of the visible fall from the “sky”. The park also offers a few thrills with its three ferrata courses and its 300m double zip line.
To recover from your feelings, head to the Interpretation Centre, then the historic Grove where you can eat while jogging on sunny days and finally the 487-step panoramic staircase for a digestive walk.
Returning by car, you can take the bridge to the beautiful island of Ile d’Orleans to continue your journey into the heart of Canadian nature. In the program: the old villages of Croquinole, forests and orchards where you can pick up a few apples and pumpkins in the fall!
Thanks to mountains, rivers, and gastronomy, Charlevoix has slowly but surely established itself as one of the favorite destinations in eastern Quebec. The success of this beauty owes in particular to its sensual curves inherited from its location in the heart of the Canadian Shield … and to the impact of a meteorite 400 million years ago!
Designated as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, Charlevoix allows you to do outdoor sports in a luxurious setting: two national parks (Grands-Jardins and Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie), skiing, several outfitters, many From circuits to explore by bike or hike and several hundred kilometers of distinct trails for snowboarding…
Three tourist routes also allow you to soak up the origins of this region blessed by the gods: those in the rivers and mountains as well as the flavours! Because it is well known: after effort, comfort always comes, especially in such a greedy region as Charlevoix. The gastronomic route between Petite-Rivière-Saint-François and La Malbaie is yours to try ciders, handcrafted beers, cheeses, fine chocolates, organic meats and other local market garden products!
Tadoussac and Sagueni Strait
In Saguenay, the majesty of Mother Nature has not gone above and beyond! One of its greatest successes attests to this: Quebec’s unique fjord, an enchanting beauty. Formed over thousands of years by the talent of glaciers, the Saguenay Fjord spreads its natural wonders over more than 100 kilometers.
There are a huge number of ways to get to know this amazing site: hiking on land, kayaking, sailing, sailing and above all meeting the most mobile marine mammals from mid-August to mid-October. Embraced by the cliffs, the place is already a landmark for whales at the mouth of the river thanks to its depth.
To get up close and personal with the animals, go to the harbor of one of the oldest villages in Canada. Located in one of the 50 most beautiful bays in the world, Tadoussac has already celebrated its 400th birthday at the beginning of the 21st century. no escape!
One can expect a huge plot of land. However, despite its name, Grosse-le measures “only” 2,800 meters by 800! A member of the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago, it was once the main gateway to Canada for millions of potential immigrants coming directly from the Old Continent.
Located at the mouth of the Saint Lawrence River, 46 km from Quebec, the island is a highly recommended stop for all history buffs. Today, many visitors go there to explore the richness of Irish heritage and its lavish landscapes of hills, bays, and Appalachian capes.
Between two walks in this unforgettable place, don’t miss the Irish Cemetery, Lazaretto, the memorial erected in memory of the Doctors, as well as the Celtic Cross.
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Snowmobile trails in winter, hiking trails in summer, one of the most attractive bike routes in Quebec, good restaurants, hunting, fishing and many other activities … Nordic sport. In summer as in winter, Lake Pekuagami (Lac Saint-Jean in Montagnais) has the coastline!
During your stay, tour small villages, plains, and northern forests at the wheel of your car through Loop 169 or on the handlebars through the Véloroute des Bleuets. In addition to christening the trails in its name, the region’s botanical star—which evokes blueberries—has its own festival in August. And take the time to savor the blueberry pie, one of the tastiest local delicacies!
In the region, the motorbike, motorbike and boat have replaced the metro, work and sleep. But do not forget to close your eyes, which is located in one of the comfortable accommodations in the area …
Route 138 along the Saint Lawrence River
With a length of 1420 km, it is the second longest road in Quebec. Parallel to Interstate 40 between Montreal and Quebec, Route 138 runs along Lake Saint-Laurent and offers the possibility to explore the area while spending your time…
On the festivities list: a road trip and various stops in a picturesque place. Take advantage of your trip to stop in the Mingan Archipelago. Thousands of islands and islets will entice you with their environment, starting with the stunning limestone statues planted in the water. The waves are also home to wonderful sea creatures.
To come to them, feel free to set sail during an expedition at sea! You’ll likely encounter seals and colonies of seabirds in addition to whales. An experience you live at least once in your life…
It is one of the four regions of Quebec Maritime and one of the most famous corners of Quebec, thanks to its unique locations in the world. Bounded by estuary waters and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the vast 885 km Gaspezi peninsula is an extraordinary route, between blue seas, golden sands, red cliffs, green mountains and flowing rivers. So much to amaze…
In Gaspésie, certain nuggets sculpted by nature fascinate the traveler in love with the enormous and awe-inspiring landscapes: the rock of Percy in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and its majestic arc, its neighbor the island of Bonaventure, which sees thousands of gannets, the Faurion peninsula that has become a national park and the Chic-Chocs mountains for winter sports or Summer!
Icing on a gourmet cake : The region is also expressed on the plate thanks to the wonderful seafood … which must be tasted without moderation!
Rayford Gardens, Parc du Bec and Rimouski: nature walks with views of St. Lawrence
Another beautiful display of Mother Nature’s talents with these two beautiful spots on the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River, perfect for solo walks with the Quebec River.
Open to the public since 1962, Rayford Gardens makes up one of the largest parks in North America. Like the Garden of Eden, the site brings together at least 3,000 species and species of plants (including the famous Himalayan blue poppy) spread over about fifteen places.
Still in the area, 60 km away, another nugget awaits travelers: Parc national du Bic, located in the marine estuary of the Saint Lawrence River, and combines rocky headlands, bays, bays, islands, mountains and vegetation. They are rare under the admirable look of seabirds and seals. A very nice place to stroll while observing the animals and plants.
To end the day in style, head to Rimouski, where you can enjoy one of the most spectacular sunsets in the country, facing the gorgeous St. Lawrence. Something to have sweet dreams…
Proust had … Quebecers too and they are islands. Finally, we invite you to gnaw your teeth at a truly special Madeleine, dear to the locals. Because the Magdalen Islands are a true surfer’s paradise, in the heart of the Saint Laurent Bay and more than 200 km from the Gaspice coast!
Far from the hustle and bustle of the world, this archipelago consists of twelve islands and islets, of which only seven are inhabited all year round. The chance to be alone or almost in a saved place, in the company of your tribe and face the enormity of the ocean!
Lovers of sloths will be able to enjoy in abundance the 300 kilometers of soft sand dunes in an enchanting panorama. In fact, more than half of the archipelago’s surface consists of beaches! Athletes can enjoy themselves on foot (hiking in the summer or cross-country skiing in the winter), on horseback, by bike or by boat in an exceptional setting made up of red sandstone cliffs, coastal bars and strips of sand.
Finally, history buffs can take the path of the various museums to learn all about the archipelago’s past and natural environment. It takes everything to make the world of the Magdalen Islands. Take the time to discover: You won’t regret…
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