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Trip Report

Two weeks in Quebec

The myths of the Great North are still alive and well. Forests, sled dogs, lakes, whales, bears, maple syrup and seaplanes... This phantasmagorical (but real) imagery remains anchored in our minds...

by hugotravelAtlasGuru Contributor

Canada11 days / March 2018

Highs & Lows

You feel really alive in the nature

The activites are pretty expensives

Itinerary Overview

A visit to Quebec City, the capital of the province of the same name, is an essential part of any trip to Quebec. The provincial capital has retained an "old Europe" feel that appeals to tourists in search of authenticity.  In the streets of Old Quebec, you will think you're in a provincial town, worthy of a cloak-and-dagger film.

Just strolling through the streets is very pleasant. And it's even better to follow a small path along the St. Lawrence River and admire the view on “L’île d’Orléans” .

We went for a hot chocolate at the "Café du Monde" for a great view of the city.

Near Quebec City, in Trois-Rivières, is an amazing parc where you can skate called the "Forêt perdue".Skating in the trails of a pine forest during the day and evening remains an activity that you absolutely must experience. Sheltered from the winter wind, skating on a smooth ice with a picture of pine trees full of freshly fallen snow is quite magical. Well, it's even more than that. Under the watchful eye of our animal friends, you will choose a path or another, stop for a few minutes to give them some feed and a hug. And why not a good hot chocolate to fill up with energy to better set out again to conquer the trails. At the end of the day, you will leave with rosy cheeks and purified lungs.

Just 40 minutes from Quebec City is the Montmorency Falls, a must-see in the province of Quebec.

With a height of 83 meters, it is higher than the Niagara Falls. The site is particularly impressive in winter when the waterfall can be completely frozen. Several viewpoints allow you to contemplate it from all angles.

We went via ferrata and ziplining at Canyon Sainte-Anne. Nepalese bridge, spring floods, abseiling, cable bridges, wooden crossings, rock wall and zip line. You will never have seen a waterfall so close. The sound, the wet rock and the splashing make the Via Ferrata a breath-taking experience.

We went hiking in Charlevoix and having a vue on Baie-Saint-Paul. It’s surrounded by imposing mountains, this bustling bay is renowned for its countless art galleries and cultural dynamism. Whether you're strolling down the charming, postcard-like Rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste or strolling through the fields in search of local tastings, Baie-Saint-Paul has something to offer.

We started with the national Parc of the Fjord-du-Saguenay that preserves and enhances the Saguenay Fjord, a unique environment in Quebec. In its Baie-Éternité sector, immense walls of rock sculpted by the glaciers rise to over 350 metres.

Near this place, we also went dogsledding. If you are sporty, like to brave the cold and are in love with winter and dogs, it’s made for you. It’s a crazy adventure in the deep North. You spend first an half our at the kennels. There are so many cute dogs, and also the baby dogs. Then, you leave for an three hours ride who is really intense.

Another unforgettable activity with did with animals, was to go to Falardeau Zoo. In this centre, animals in distress are helped.  When the animals can be safely released, they are released back into the wild.  The owners also acquire various species that the public can observe in their natural habitat.

  • 4 Nights: Quebec City
    Beautiful historical city
  • 3 Nights: Charlevoix Regional County Municipality
    Awsome to hike
  • 4 Nights: Saguenay
    Impressive fjords and amazing animals

Q & A

  • How was the food?

    Café du monde

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    There are a lot of culinary specialities to try

  • Packing tips?

    It's gonna be really cold

  • Transportation Tips?

    The subway is really good in Quebec. But otherwise, you have to rent a car