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The list of splendors in Eastern Quebec is endless. Forests, lakes, (very) wide open spaces, islands, fjords, colors that amaze us throughout the seasons… Over there, nature is adorned with its most beautiful finery inviting you on a journey. dream. Settled at the gates of these grandiose landscapes, the city of Québec wonderfully illustrates the rich cultural heritage of this vast territory which draws its roots from Aboriginal and European cultures.
To prepare for your trip, discover our 10 favorites between nature and culture in this fabulous Eastern Quebec.
Your stay will surely begin here, in the alleys steeped in history(s) of Old Quebec, nestled in the shelter of its ramparts. Perched on its natural promontory, the city gazes lovingly down on the St. Lawrence River, just as you will surely do with your amazed eyes.
Strolling through Quebec is like stepping back several centuries, especially along the cobbled streets of its historic heart lined with stone houses, passing by Place Royale or the Notre-Dame-des-Victoires church. of the Petit-Champlain district.
In the upper town, the Dufferin terrace invites you to take a superb stroll with a view of the St. Lawrence, at the foot of the iconic Château Frontenac. All the same, keep some energy to discover the religious heritage with in particular the Notre-Dame basilica, the Anglican cathedral, the convents of the Ursulines and the Augustines.
Finally, don’t miss the buildings of the Grande Allée, the citadel, the Parc des Champs de Bataille and the many museums, including those of Fine Arts and Civilization. To end the day well, taste the local gastronomy in one of the best restaurants in the city. What to do good!
Parc de la Chute-Montmorency and Île d’Orléans
At the gates of Quebec City, nature reigns supreme with its wonders such as Montmorency Falls, located just 15 minutes from Old Quebec. 83 meters high, it is a head taller (30 meters) than its Niagara colleagues: yes! Climb into the cable car to appreciate the charms of the fall seen from the “sky”. The park also offers a handful of thrills with its three via ferrata courses and its 300-meter double zip line.
To recover from your emotions, head for the interpretation centre, then the historic orchard where you can eat on the run on sunny days and finally the panoramic staircase of 487 steps for a digestive walk.
Back by car, you can take the bridge leading to the pretty Île d’Orléans to continue your trip to the heart of Canadian nature. On the program: old croquignolet villages, woods and orchards where you can pick up a few apples and pumpkins in autumn!
With its mountains, rivers and gastronomy, Charlevoix has slowly but surely established itself as one of the preferred destinations in Eastern Quebec. The beauty owes its success in particular to its voluptuous curves inherited from its location at the heart of the Canadian Shield… and to the impact of a meteorite 400 million years ago!
Named a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, Charlevoix allows you to exercise outdoors in a grandiose setting: two national parks (Grands-Jardins and Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie), a skiing, a multitude of outfitters, many circuits to explore by bike or hike and several hundred kilometers of marked trails for snowmobiling…
Three tourist routes also allow you to soak up the assets of this region blessed by the gods: those of the Rivers, the Mountains but also the Flavors! Because it is well known: after the effort, always comes the comfort, especially in a territory as greedy as Charlevoix. The gastronomic route between Petite-Rivière-Saint-François and La Malbaie is yours to try ciders, craft beers, cheeses, fine chocolates, organic meats and other local market garden products!
Tadoussac and the Saguenay Fjord
In Saguenay, Her Majesty Mother Nature did not go to any lengths! One of its greatest successes bears witness to this: the unique fjord in Quebec, of bewitching beauty. Shaped over millennia thanks to the talent of glaciers, the Saguenay Fjord deploys its natural wonders over more than 100 km.
There are a plethora of ways to get to know this spectacular site: hiking on land, sea kayaking, cruising, sailing and above all meeting the most moving marine mammals from mid-August to mid-October. Embraced by cliffs, the place is indeed the landmark of whales at the mouth of the river thanks to its depth.
To get closer to the animals, go to the port of one of the oldest villages in Canada. Located on one of the 50 most beautiful bays in the world, Tadoussac indeed celebrated its 400th birthday at the start of the 21st century. Unavoidable !
One would expect a huge piece of land. However, despite its name, Grosse-île 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 would-be immigrants coming straight from the Old Continent.
Located in the St. Lawrence estuary, 46 km downstream from Quebec, the island is a highly recommended stopover for all history buffs. Today, many visitors go there to explore the richness of Irish heritage and its sumptuous landscapes made up of Appalachian ridges, coves and capes.
Between two walks in this unforgettable setting, don’t miss the Irish cemetery, the lazaretto, the monument erected in memory of the doctors, as well as the Celtic cross.
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… Lac-Saint-Jean is sure to satisfy the aficionados of good food and nautical or Nordic sports. In summer as in winter, Lake Pekuagami (Lac Saint-Jean in Montagnais) has the coast!
During your stay, spin through the small villages, the plains and the boreal forest at the wheel of your car via loop 169 or on the handlebars of your bicycle via the Véloroute des Bleuets. In addition to baptizing the trails with its name, the plant star of the territory – which evokes our blueberries – even has its own festival in August. And take the time to taste a blueberry pie, one of the tastiest local specialities!
In the region, the bicycle-motorcycle-car-boat has replaced the metro-work-sleep. But don’t forget to close your eyes, nestled in one of the comfortable accommodations in the region…
Route 138 along the St. Lawrence
With its 1,420 km, it is the second longest road in Quebec. Parallel to Highway 40 between Montreal and Quebec, Route 138 runs along Lake Saint-Laurent and offers the possibility of exploring the region while taking your time…
On the menu of celebrations: a road trip and various stops in a breathtaking setting. Take advantage of your trip to make a stop in the Mingan Archipelago. The thousand or so islands and islets will seduce you with their environment, starting with their astonishing limestone statues planted in the water. The waves are also home to adorable sea creatures.
To come to them, do not hesitate to set sail during an expedition at sea! You will probably come across seals and colonies of seabirds in addition to whales. An experience to live at least once in your life…
It is one of the four regions of Quebec Maritime and one of the most popular corners of Quebec, thanks to its unique sites in the world. Bordered by the waters of the estuary and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the immense Gaspésie peninsula promises 885 km of exceptional roads, between blue seas, golden sands, red cliffs, green mountains and rushing rivers. Lots to marvel at…
In Gaspésie, certain nuggets sculpted by nature dazzle the traveler in love with immensity and majestic landscapes: the Percé Rock set in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and its majestic arch, its neighbor Bonaventure Island, which sees thousands of gannets, the Forillon peninsula which has become a national park and the Chic-Chocs mountains for winter or summer sports!
Icing on the gourmet cake : the region is also expressed on the plate thanks to the exquisite seafood… to be tasted without moderation!
Reford Gardens, Parc du Bic and Rimouski: natural walks with a view of the St. Lawrence
Another beautiful demonstration of Mother Nature’s talents with these two lovely places on the south shore of the St. Lawrence, ideal for one-on-one walks with the Quebec river.
Open to the public since 1962, the Reford Gardens form one of the largest parks in North America. Like the Garden of Eden, the site brings together no less than 3,000 species and varieties of plants (including the famous Himalayan blue poppy) spread over about fifteen spaces.
Still in the region, 60 km away, another natural nugget awaits travellers: Parc national du Bic, located in the maritime estuary of the St. Lawrence, brings together rocky capes, bays, coves, islands, mountains and plants. rare under the admiring gaze of seabirds and seals. A very beautiful place to hike while observing the fauna and flora.
To end the day in style, head to the city of Rimouski, where you can admire one of the most spectacular sunsets in the country, facing the magnificent St. Lawrence. Something to have sweet dreams…
The Magdalen Islands
Proust had his own… Quebecers too and they are islands. Finally, we invite you to bite your teeth into a truly special madeleine, dear to the locals. Because the Magdalen Islands form a real paradise set on the waves, in the heart of the Gulf of Saint-Laurent and more than 200 km from the coast of Gaspésie!
Far from the bustle of the world, this archipelago consists of a dozen islands and islets, of which only seven are inhabited all year round. The opportunity to be alone or almost in a preserved setting, in the company of your tribe and facing the immensity of the ocean!
Lovers of idleness will be able to bask in abundance on 300 km of fine sand dunes in an enchanting panorama. Indeed, more than half of the surface of the archipelago is made up of beaches! Athletes can have fun on foot (hiking in summer or cross-country skiing in winter), on horseback, by bike or by boat in an exceptional site made up of red sandstone cliffs, coastal bars and ribbons of sand.
Finally, history fans can take the path of the various museums to learn all about the past of the archipelago and its natural setting. It takes everything to make the world of the Magdalen Islands. Take the time to find out: you won’t regret it…
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